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Toslima Islam

Toslima Islam
Toslima is a legal assistant at Emmott Snell and is currently doing her Legal Practice Course with Masters at the University of Law.

Recent Posts

What options are available for victims of forced marriage?

Written by Toslima Islam on 24 Aug 2018

A forced marriage is a marriage in which one or both spouses have not consented to the marriage and it has taken place against their will.

Physical, emotional and psychological abuse is often used to coerce individuals, who are often children (under 18), into entering these marriages.


Compensation in fatal negligence cases

Written by Toslima Islam on 27 Jul 2018

Sadly, in some cases, a significant injury caused by negligence can result in the death of that individual.

Where the victim of a personal injury has died before their claim is settled it is still possible to continue the claim to benefit the claimant’s estate.


Sexual assaults in the work place

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Jul 2018

Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature which can include leering looks, verbal abuse of a sexual nature, displaying sexually suggestive pictures or objects and unwelcome touching.  


Abuse Inquiry update: What changes can we expect?

Written by Toslima Islam on 14 Jun 2018

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up by the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, after apparent institutional failures surrounding non-recent child sexual abuse.


Teen victim of grooming wins 5-figure compensation sum

Written by Toslima Islam on 25 May 2018

Our client (referred to as Miss M to protect her identity) has been successful in her claim against her former school in respect of grooming and sexual assaults committed against her by a teacher between c. June and August 2013.


Psychiatric harm in child abuse cases

Written by Toslima Islam on 27 Apr 2018

The most common and significant effect of childhood sexual abuse is psychological rather than physical harm.

When a child suffers sexual abuse and has not been able to disclose it for various reasons they can go into adulthood with mental health difficulties, simply because it has not been possible for them to process the traumatic events that have happened to them.


Justice for institutional abuse victims at the hands of Deputy Head

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Apr 2018

Yet another example of institutional abuse is highlighted in the settlement agreement reached by 2 victims of non-recent sexual abuse by a teacher.


The UK laws surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Written by Toslima Islam on 09 Mar 2018

What is it and why is it done?

Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) is a cultural practice which involves the total or partial removal of the female external genitalia for non-medical reasons, normally with the aim of inhibiting a female’s sexual feelings. It is also known as female circumcision or ‘cutting’ and is common in parts of Africa but also takes place in the Middle East and Asia. It is usually carried out on girls before they reach puberty but is known to be done on girls as young as 4 years old. The procedure is extremely painful and can cause long term health problems such as:


The role of experts in child abuse claims

Written by Toslima Islam

When pursuing a compensation claim arising from child abuse there are a number of steps that need to be taken before a claim can be concluded.

One of these steps involves a meeting with a suitably qualified doctor. This ‘medico-legal expert’ then prepares a report on the multifactorial effects that the abuse has had on you.


Claiming Compensation for Animal Attacks 

Written by Toslima Islam on 19 Jan 2018

Although a dog is seen as a man's best friend, there can be occasions when this is not quite the case.

NHS data reveals that between 2016 – 2017 there were 7,461 people admitted to hospitals in the UK after being bitten or struck by a dog. Dog bites in domestic settings are widely known as the most common injury caused by animals in the UK however injuries caused by animals can occur in other settings such as: