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Gabrielle Litson

Gabrielle Litson

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5 reasons to pursue a civil compensation claim for sexual abuse

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 17 Jul 2020

The purpose of a civil claim is to seek recognition for survivors in the form of  ‘damages’ or compensation for abuse suffered by them. This compensation attempts to put survivors in the financial position they would be had the abuse not occurred. Survivors have a right to pursue a civil claim, and the majority of successful claimants welcome the damages they receive. However, some survivors can be reluctant to pursue a claim, for a host of reasons including:

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Lockdown: The rise in domestic abuse and legal compensation remedies available

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 06 May 2020

When the UK was placed on lockdown on 23rd March 2020, the government’s message was clear: you should not leave your home unless absolutely necessary. Families have been forced to spend every day together under the same roof, without the option of “popping out” to achieve some respite from each other. Whilst this is tough for most families, for the victims of domestic abuse this lockdown may actually be life-threatening.

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Justice for another victim of abuse at a Coventry Children's Home

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 07 Apr 2020

A former resident of a children’s home in Coventry children’s home has successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil action against Coventry City Council for physical and sexual abuse he suffered while in the care of the Council.

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Children's Mental Health Week 3rd - 9th February 2020

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 07 Feb 2020

We all have times when we have to “Find our Brave”. This is the theme of Children’s Mental Health Week which is taking place (3rd to 9th February 2020) in the United Kingdom. The awareness week is now its sixth year and its purpose is to highlight the importance of good mental health in children and young people. 

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Emmott Snell's 2019 'Love in a Bag' Campaign

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 17 Dec 2019

Over December 2019, Emmott Snell Solicitors have been gathering Christmas goodies for the ‘Love in a Bag’ 2019 campaign.

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Justice for pupil sexually abused by Lincoln Cathedral School Housemaster

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 04 Oct 2019

A former pupil of Lincoln Cathedral School successfully obtained an out-of-court settlement in a civil action against the Lincoln Cathedral Dean and Chapter for sexual abuse he suffered whilst at the school.

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Bedford Legal Walk 2019

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 08 Jul 2019

On 27th June 2019, Emmott Snell again took part in the annual Bedford Legal Walk, which is a 10K sponsored walk around Bedford, organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

The walk raises money for local charities and organisations that provide legal advice to those of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society. 

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Chorister wins compensation for sexual abuse by Chelmsford Priest

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 02 May 2019

This firm has represented a former chorister in a civil action against the Diocese of Chelmsford for sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

“Mr X” has successfully obtained a substantial out-of-court settlement after bringing a compensation claim for serious psychiatric harm he suffered as a child following sexual abuse by his parish priest.  

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First UK conviction of FGM

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 01 Mar 2019

On Friday 1st February, a 37 year old mother from Walthamstow, East London was found guilty of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) after mutilating her 3 year old daughter in the summer of 2017. She has become the first person in the UK to be convicted of FGM and is due to be sentence on 8th March.

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What it's like being a Paralegal Apprentice at Emmott Snell Solicitors

Written by Gabrielle Litson on 25 Jan 2019

I have been a Paralegal Apprentice at Emmott Snell Solicitors since September 2018.

I decided that an apprenticeship was the best option for me as I didn’t want to go to university, but I still wanted to gain another qualification.

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