A recent document review carried out by the Metropolitan Police Service has alleged that Jimmy Savile sexually abused children from at least 20 children’s homes and schools across England during 1960s, 1970s & 1980s.
Education Secretary, Michael Gove said that the information contained in the review, which was carried out on behalf of the Department of Health, should be passed “to the appropriate organisations for further investigation”. He also stated that these organisations…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on April 1, 2014 — Defero Law
On Thursday 7th March at Southwark Crown Court the trial of Max Clifford began. Clifford has pleaded not guilty to eleven counts of indecent assault involving seven victims.
As with all criminal trials the Jury will have been told that it is for the prosecution to evidence to the Jury that Clifford is guilty ‘upon reasonable doubt’ of the allegations. As with all cases, the Judge emphasised to the jury that they should reach a verdict upon the evidence placed before them in Court…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 12, 2014 — Defero Law
We have recently been contacted by a victim of abuse at the Oratory School, Oxfordshire. Jonathan O’Brien, former teacher at the Oratory School, Oxfordshire and the Winterfold School, Worcestershire was convicted of 17 counts of indecent assault and 5 counts of gross indecency at Chichester Crown Court at the end of 2013.
It was reported that he abused victims under the guise of photography lessons and police have described him as engaging in systemic abuse over a long period of…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 7, 2014 — Defero Law
The Jimmy Savile sex abuse claims have prompted other victims of abuse to come forward and led to new investigations into child sex abuse, including at a number of schools in the UK, says Slater & Gordon Abuse Lawyer Liz Dux.
Liz Dux, who represents more than 70 Savile victims said “I see a lot of…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 13, 2014 — Defero Law
Strengthened sex offences guidelines have been welcomed by Slater & Gordon Abuse Lawyer Jessica Standley who told BBC Breakfast the changes will “make a huge difference” to victims.
“Victims need to have confidence in the criminal justice system and I think the effect that the offence has…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on December 12, 2013 — Defero Law
Child Abuse Lawyer Liz Dux was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live's Drive programme last night discussing Stuart Hall's guilty plea in relation to historic sex abuse charges.
Stuart Hall has been charged with 14 charges of indecently assaulting girls, including one as young as nine between 1967 and 1985.
Liz Dux discussed how more victims are coming forward, and how the…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on May 3, 2013 — Defero Law
The North Wales victims are yet another sad example of the difficulties victims of sexual child abuse face in speaking out and making an allegation. Despite a police investigation and judicial enquiry which took place the 1990s, victims still struggled to find the confidence to speak out.
The challenges facing victims emerged in the HMIC report into the Savile cases which highlighted that many victims had reported the abuse to various organisations in the…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on May 1, 2013 — Defero Law
It has recently been reported that as we enter into the darker months, with the days getting shorter and weather deteriorating, there has been an increase in reported Domestic Violence and abuse cases: "…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 16, 2012 — Defero Law
Do parents have a right to know, if accused of Child Abuse, the nature and source of the allegation?
That was the question before the Court of Appeal recently, in the case of Re J (A Child: Disclosure)  EWCA Civ 1204.
The proceedings concerned a ten-year-old girl, A. Her parents…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on October 3, 2012 — Defero Law