Abuse Survivors Blog

Securing Justice for a Modern Society

Written by Jacqui Morton on 20 Apr 2018

This week, a representative of Emmott Snell Solicitors attended the annual APIL conference

The theme of the 2018 conference was ‘Securing justice for a modern society’, aimed at preparing personal injury practitioners for the year ahead. APIL is a non-profit making organisation that has been campaigning and fighting for the rights of injured people for over 25 years.

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Bedford Law Society Annual Dinner 2018

Written by Jacqui Morton on 28 Mar 2018

On Friday 16 March 2018, representatives of Emmott Snell Solicitors had the pleasure of attending the annual Bedford Law Society Dinner.

The dinner was held in the Howard Room of the Bedford Corn Exchange located on St Paul’s Square in the Castle area of Bedford.

The Corn Exchange is a well-known, historic venue which hosts hundreds of events each year. 

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National Independent Sexual Violence Advisor Service Conference 2017

Written by Tracey Emmott on 20 Dec 2017

Tracey Emmott was invited to speak at the National Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service Conference 2017 on 23 November in Birmingham, organised by the Survivors Trust.

The title of the conference was “What's in it for me - developing survivor focused justice processes”, and provided an opportunity for Tracey to speak about civil compensation claims as a vehicle for redress in sexual abuse/assault cases.

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“Inspiring The Future”

Written by Jacqui Morton on 01 Nov 2017

Inspiring the Future is a free service that connects teachers from state schools and colleges to volunteers from a wide range of employment sectors (including the legal sector) who have pledged one hour a year to speak to school and college students about their chosen career and the education route they took.

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Emmott Snell complete Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Jacqui Morton on 26 Sep 2017

On 21 September 2017 Emmott Snell took part (and we are pleased to say completed!) the Bedford Legal Walk, a 10km sponsored walk around Bedford. The walk started at Riverside Square and ended at the Park pub for a well deserved beverage where a raffle was held to raise further funds.  The walk was organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust to raise money for local advice services. Emmott Snell are pleased to be supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support, and delighted to have exceeded our fund raising target of £500. Emmott Snell would like to express our thanks to all our sponsors, fellow walkers and marshals and those kind enough to donate raffle prizes. If you would like to donate to please visit our fundraising page.

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Emmott Snell show support by participating in the Bedford Legal Walk

Written by Tracey Emmott on 31 Aug 2017

Emmott Snell are delighted to be taking part in the Bedford Legal Walk organised by the Eastern Legal Support Trust.

This 10km sponsored walk will raise money for local advice services who have been affected by funding cuts to allow them to continue to provide support and assistance to those that need it. Emmott Snell are supporting Bedfordshire Victim Support who provide emotional and practical help to those that have been affected by crime.

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Child abuse survivor wins out-of-court settlement

Written by Tracey Emmott on 13 Apr 2017

A survivor of sexual abuse by one of Britain’s most notorious paedophile shines light on stories of high level conspiracy allegedly involving senior political and establishment figures.
Stephen Briggs, now living in Scotland, has won a legal action against the school where abuse first took place, and he has been awarded a five figure sum in damages.
Mr Briggs, now 51, was 12 in 1977 when he was first assaulted, whilst a pupil at the Cavendish School in Ealing, London.

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42 counts of abuse proven against former Bedfordshire children’s home worker

Written by Tracey Emmott on 10 Oct 2016

Press Release: A former Bedfordshire children’s home worker was today proven to have committed sexual and physical assaults on boys in his care following a 6 week trial at the Old Bailey.
James McCann was found to have committed 42 out of the 50 charges against him, including causing bodily harm, indecent assaults, and indecency with children.
McCann pleaded not guilty to all charges, but on the second day of his trial last month he was taken ill.

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Our client gives £30,000 damages award to orphanage

Written by Tracey Emmott on 21 Sep 2016

One of six high profile former victims of a disgraced paedophile has donated his £30,000 damages award to an orphanage in the slums of Nairobi, in Kenya.
The six men were all abused as children by David Lowe, a former house master at two prestigious catholic schools, Westminster Cathedral Choir School in London and Ampleforth in Yorkshire.
In February 2015, Lowe was convicted at Southwark Crown Court of abusing 10 former pupils between 1978 and 1984, and sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.

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St. Francis Boys' Home Criminal Trial of the Facts of Former Houseparent

Written by Tracey Emmott on 16 Sep 2016

James McCann, a former houseparent at the Catholic children's home in Shefford, Bedforshire, faces 34 counts of ABH, 15 counts of indecency with a male person, and four counts of indecency with a child. Last week McCann suffered a stroke in court resulting in the judge ordering a Trial of the Facts.

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