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Slater and Gordon Lawyer Jessica Standley is leading our team of Solicitors representing over 170 victims who suffered sexual or physical abuse arising out of the Jimmy Savile allegations. Our team is helping victims whose accounts cover periods from the late 1950s and who were abused at varying stages of their life, ranging from childhood to adulthood.
We recognise that in a number of cases, victims have been unable to talk about what happened to them previously. Overcoming that painful barrier to enable victims to talk to someone is one of the biggest hurdles.
If you have suffered physical or sexual abuse in connection with the Jimmy Savile allegations we encourage you to speak to one of our specialist team and to report it to the Police. Operation Yewtree is the Police team investigating the criminal allegations and can be contacted here.
Many of the accounts that we have received took place over a variety of locations, including the BBC, Leeds General Infirmary, Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Broadmoor Hospital, Duncroft School and premises linked to Jimmy Savile. We are assisting each of our clients in documenting what happened to them, with a view to bringing claims that will achieve recognition of the horrific circumstances they have endured.
We have many years experience dealing with physical and sexual abuse claims and we know how very distressing it is for anyone. Our website provides further details of how the claims process works, the typical legal issues that claims face, and how we have helped others that have been sexually or physically abused.
Having spoken to many people affected by the Jimmy Savile allegations, there are some common questions that are answered below that you may find helpful.
If you would like to talk to a member of our team, you can call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online. Any contact can be arranged at discreet & convenient times to suit you. When you speak to us initially we will need to take some initial details. We will then be able to discuss with you the legal process & how your claim can be funded. We will work to answer any questions that you have. We are also assisted by a Client Liaison Executive who has joined the team to provide help & support, & each client will have access to continued support & assistance.
As Solicitors we are bound by a strict duty of confidentiality. Whatever you tell us will remain confidential. We will only ask you for brief information at first, which you can expand upon as you feel ready. The information that you tell us will ultimately become the basis of your claim and so it will become necessary to disclose it to authorised parties at varying times. However, we assure you that no information will be disclosed without your prior authority being sought.
Our initial discussion is free of charge and places you under no obligation. Almost all of the sexual and physical abuse cases and those linked to the Jimmy Savile allegations were able to bring claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. In summary this means that if your claim is unsuccessful your Solicitor is not paid for the work they have done. If your claim is successful, your Solicitor is paid part of their fees by the other party.
You are not necessarily too late, a number of victims that were assaulted by Jimmy Savile were assaulted many years ago and at a variety of different ages. There are some difficulties that can arise from allegations that happened many years ago. However, we have experience in challenging these difficulties and overcoming them.
The law places time limits on bringing claims of this nature. Those time limits are 3 years from the date you were abused, or within 3 years of turning 21, if you were abused as a child. As such, in the majority of the Jimmy Savile related allegations, the time limits have now run out. However, in certain circumstances the Court has discretion to extend these time limits.
When deciding whether to extend the time limit, the Court will look at a number of circumstances including why there has been a delay, the conduct of the Defendant and any impact the circumstances will have on a fair trial taking place. Most importantly the Court will look at the circumstances of each case individually.
Even though Jimmy Savile has now died, compensation claims can be brought against his estate. In addition, where appropriate, claims can be brought against the institutions in which the abuse took place. For example, the institutions can be held to be vicariously liable. This means that they can be held responsible for the actions of Jimmy Savile whilst he was an employee or whilst he was in a position which was ‘akin to an employee’.
We are preparing claims against a number of institutions including the BBC and relevant NHS hospitals.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have taken details from people we are representing and we are progressing the initial stages. We are working to provide as much or as little information as each victim would like, in relation to the progress of the allegations.
Currently there are a number of independent inquiries taking place in the institutions affected. It's likely that these will need to conclude before any formal action is taken.
We have contacted the various inquiries and alerted to them, that there are a number of affected individuals. We have expressed that those individuals, if they so wish, should be given an opportunity to be considered and consulted during the inquiry.
Abuse Lawyer discusses the outgoing Director of Public Prosecutions’ calls for a tightening of the law to enact Mandatory Reporting in child abuse cases. For details click here.
BBC – Dame Janet Smith is leading an inquiry in to the BBC allegations
For information about the Dame Janet Smith inquiry click here.
NHS – the NHS has appointed Ms Kate Lampard to lead their inquiry. For details on the NHS inquiry click here.
Details of NHS Inquiries:
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