Solicitors under fire for failing to act in best interests of seriously injured clients – Litigation Futures

Posted November 16th, 2017 in case management, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors, victims by tracey

‘Personal injury lawyers are often failing to act in the best interests of seriously injured clients, according to a law firm’s online poll. The survey by Nockolds Solicitors found that a large majority (81%) of rehabilitation case managers had experienced a situation where a claimant solicitor had “clearly not acted in the best interests of the client”.’

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Litigation Futures, 16th November 2017

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Progress report on police response to domestic abuse causes concern – Family Law

Posted November 16th, 2017 in domestic violence, news, police, reports, victims by tracey

‘Organisations working to support victims of domestic abuse have expressed concerns over a progress report on police response to such abuse, saying it demonstrates that forces are struggling to cope with the rising levels of abuse recorded and that little appears to have changed for victims. Refuge and Women’s Aid said the report underlined the urgent need for the law reform proposed within the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill, announced in the Queen’s Speech in June.’

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Family Law, 15th November 2017

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Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse published name of alleged victim on its website – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 10th, 2017 in anonymity, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) is investigating a serious error after the name of an alleged sexual offences victim was published online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th November 2017

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Manchester attack: Arena payout for psychological injuries – BBC News

Posted November 10th, 2017 in compensation, news, psychiatric damage, terrorism, victims by tracey

‘Up to £3m from a fund for victims of the Manchester attack is to be given to those with psychological injuries.’

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BbC News, 9th November 2017

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Child sex abuse victim receives apology after being refused compensation because he ‘consented’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 8th, 2017 in consent, criminal injuries compensation, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘A victim of child sex abuse denied compensation by a Government agency because it said he “consented” has now received an apology.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2017

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Mother to bring alleged rapist to justice via crowdfunding after prosecutors refuse to press charges – The Independent

‘A mother who says she was raped by a stranger has now set up a crowdfunding page to bring her alleged attacker to justice.’

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The Independent, 6th November 2017

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Government called on to let data breach victims force compensation – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2017 in bills, compensation, consumer protection, data protection, news, victims by sally

‘Consumer organisation Which? is calling on the government to create new rights for people who have been the victims of a corporate data breach.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

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Police forces failing to tackle modern slavery in UK, report shows – The Guardian

Posted October 24th, 2017 in news, police, reports, trafficking in human beings, victims by sally

‘Police forces are failing to tackle modern slavery and human trafficking because the cases are too difficult and senior officers believe the public lack sympathy for the victims, a highly critical report has found.’

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The Guardian, 24th October 2017

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Birmingham pub bombings: Families to challenge inquest ruling – BBC News

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in appeals, explosives, families, inquests, news, victims by sally

‘Families of victims of the Birmingham pub bombings have been granted permission to challenge a coroner who ruled out naming alleged suspects during inquests into the tragedy.’

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BBC News, 20th October 2017

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Foster care abuse victims urged to speak out after ruling – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2017 in child abuse, fostering, local government, news, vicarious liability, victims by sally

‘A woman who won a “landmark” legal battle against a council after being abused by foster parents as a child has urged more victims to speak out.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2017

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Victims need legally enforceable rights, commissioner says – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2017 in criminal justice, human rights, news, victims by tracey

‘The victims commissioner, Helen Newlove, has urged the government to guarantee victims legally enforceable rights within the criminal justice system.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2017

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Torture victims were wrongly imprisoned in UK, high court rules – The Guardian

Posted October 10th, 2017 in detention, immigration, news, torture, victims by sally

‘Hundreds of victims of torture have been wrongly locked up in immigration detention centres, a high court judge has ruled, following a challenge by seven survivors of serious abuse.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2017

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Top police officer backs ‘Sammy’s law’ pardons for grooming victims – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in child abuse, criminal records, gangs, news, police, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Victims of grooming gangs should be pardoned for crimes they committed under the direction of their abuser, Britain’s leading child protection police officer has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2017

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Grooming victim fear over Coronation Street courtroom error – BBC News

Posted October 4th, 2017 in anonymity, media, news, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Child sexual exploitation victims may fear coming forward after a courtroom sketch of a grooming victim was shown in Coronation Street, it is feared.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2017

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Plans for domestic violence register could save women’s lives – Daily Telegraph

‘An MP is to try to introduce a law to create a register of those convicted of domestic violence and make police warn new partners of a repeated offender’s violent past.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2017

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Sex abuse victims ‘failed’ by criminal payout scheme – BBC News

‘The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is to be investigated over concerns it is failing child sex abuse victims, the Victims’ Commissioner has told 5 live Investigates.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2017

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Calls for public inquiry as £37m compensation agreed for victims of rogue surgeon Ian Paterson – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 28th, 2017 in compensation, doctors, health, inquiries, medical treatment, negligence, news, victims by sally

‘Victims of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson yesterday called for a public inquiry into the regulation of private doctors as a High Court judge approved a £37 million compensation package for hundreds of people who suffered at his hands.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th September 2017

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Ian Paterson: Spire Healthcare to pay out £27.2m to victims of rogue breast surgeon – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 14th, 2017 in compensation, health, insurance, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Hundreds of NHS patients who suffered at the hands of rogue cancer surgeon Ian Paterson will have been paid more in compensation for their trauma than his private patients, it has emerged. Around 750 private patients operated on by the disgraced surgeon will receive a total of £37.2 million for the physical and psychological pain they suffered undergoing unnecessary treatment, it was announced yesterday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th September 2017

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Paedophile aged 102 sentenced for abusing five-year-old girl in the 1970s – The Independent

Posted September 12th, 2017 in compensation, costs, elderly, news, sentencing, sexual offences, suspended sentences, victims by tracey

‘A 102-year-old man has been sentenced for sexually abusing a young girl from the age of five in the 1970s. A judge suspended Douglas Hammersley’s two-year prison sentence but ordered him to pay his victim £25,000 compensation within 21 days.’

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The Independent, 11th September 2017

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Victims shouldn’t expect police visits, says Chief Constable – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in crime, internet, news, police, victims by tracey

‘Sussex Chief Constable Giles York questioned whether an in-person visit served any purpose and said it would be more “convenient” for members of the public to interact with the force online.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th September 2017

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