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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

Heath Mount School teacher sentenced after abusing students

Written by Toslima Islam on 22 Dec 2017

A former school teacher was found guilty at St Albans Crown Court of three counts of indecent assault and one count of sexual assault.

The first three offences took place between 1980 and 1986 while Mr. Michael Curtis was employed as a science teacher at Heath Mount School in Hertford while the fourth offence took place in Kent in 2010 and was also linked to his role as a teacher in a different school.

The victims were all male and under the age of 14 when the assaults occurred.


Institutional abuse investigation in Surrey triggers 1,500 enquiries

Written by Toslima Islam on 08 Dec 2017

Yet another example of institutional abuse is unfolding.

Surrey Police have launched a large scale investigation into allegations of sexual abuse spanning three decades at a children’s home in Woking, Surrey.

In an effort to identify victims and witnesses, police have spoken to hundreds and state that there are over 1,500 enquiries in relation to this investigation.


The use of surveillance in personal injury claims

Written by Toslima Islam on 08 Nov 2017

Covert or ‘undercover’ surveillance in personal injury claims is long used by insurance companies representing defendants, and is arguably becoming more prevalent. Video footage can be used to undermine a claimant’s claim or raise questions about the credibility, where it is believed the claimant is exaggerating their injuries or being altogether dishonest about them.


Former Institutional Abuse Victim of Wisteria Lodge Awarded Damages

Written by Toslima Islam on 17 Oct 2017

An ever-prevalent example of institutional abuse is that which occurs in children’s homes. Children in care are especially vulnerable, requiring the highest standards of professional practice and care. Sadly, such children can sometimes be taken advantage of by those in positions of authority over themEmmott Snell have represented many individuals who’ve suffered institutional abuse at the hands of those in charge of their care, helping them get the redress they deserve.


Four things to consider when making a CICA claim

Written by Toslima Islam on 03 Oct 2017

The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) is a government body which compensates victims of violent crime. The scheme was first introduced in 1964. Since then there have been a number of changes to the scheme. Applications made today will be dealt with under the 2012 scheme. For this reason the information provided deals with applications made pursuant to the 2012 scheme.


Support for survivors of child abuse - the road to recovery

Written by Toslima Islam on 12 Sep 2017

Childhood sexual abuse is a traumatic experience that can have devastating consequences throughout childhood and deep into adult life. The importance of appropriate support during the time of disclosure and beyond cannot be underestimated.


Child Grooming Gangs – An Exploitation of Innocence

Written by Toslima Islam on 23 Aug 2017

In recent news, extensive reports have been made on the conviction of a group of 18 people in Newcastle upon Tyne that were part of a sex grooming network that exploited vulnerable teenage girls as young as 14.

A shocking 278 victims were identified, 20 of whom came forward to give evidence in the trial. The perpetrators, both men and one woman, were convicted of almost 100 offences which included rape, conspiracy to incite prostitution and trafficking amongst others.

Accounts of the victims’ experiences resemble that of a horror story. They were befriended and regularly lured to parties where alcohol and drugs were readily available. This placed them in dangerous situations, where they were made to be so intoxicated that they were unable to defend themselves from rape by multiple men.


Sexual Assault in Islamic Institutions – The Silent Victims

Written by Toslima Islam on 03 Aug 2017

Sadly, in recent years we have almost become accustomed to stories in the press about individuals using positions of authority to sexually abuse those that are vulnerable, such as children. There has been much media attention on the wrongdoings of members of the clergy such as former Bishop of Lewes, Peter Ball. An independent report into the horrific crimes he committed against children, over a period of 20 years or more, was published in June 2017. It accused the Church of England of “collusion and cover up”.