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Slater and Gordon Respond to Scottish Time Bar Consultation

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have responded to the Scottish government consultation on the removal of the three-year time bar on abuse claims in Scotland.

In addition to being a leading personal injury firm with solicitors across Scotland and England, the firm also has a renowned expertise in representing survivors of child sex abuse. Our specialist team of abuse lawyers are currently representing over 800 survivors of abuse, many of whom were abused at institutions such as private schools, hospitals, music schools and religious organisations.

The Slater and Gordon abuse team is led by Richard Scorer, a leading expert in limitation law in abuse cases who has written extensively on the subject of child sex abuse.

The Scottish Government Consultation

The consultation was announced in May by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education, Angela Constance, who recognised that survivors of abuse can take many years to find the courage to seek justice.

Responses to the consultation will be used to develop a draft Bill, intended for publication before the end of the current Scottish Parliamentary Session in 2016.

In our response to the consultation, we have put forward our views on a number of matters including key definitions, reasons why the time bar should be removed for survivors of abuse in Scotland and reasons why exemption from the current time bar should be extended to cover all children, not just those in care.

Our response to the consultation can be downloaded here.

Slater and Gordon Lawyers have the most experienced team of child abuse lawyers in the country and have offices in 27 locations around the UK, including Edinburgh.

To speak with an expert child abuse lawyer, you can call us for a free and completely confidential consultation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0800 916 9046. Alternatively, contact us online and let you know where and when you would like us to call you.