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Karina Evemy explains that claiming compensation can enable victims of rape related assault to make a recovery by funding rape counselling and therapy Statistics released by the government show that between 60,000 - 90,000 people suffer a rape related assault in England and Wales each year. However, although this is a shocking statistic the true figure could be much higher as many assaults go unreported. Although women are the victims of most rape related assaults, men and children are also affected. This type of assault can...

Slee Blackwell LLP have won the NSPCC 2018 Childhood Champion Award for Corporate Partner of the Year for South West and Channel Islands. This award is in recognition of our ‘outstanding efforts and contribution to the NSPCC’ alongside the impact we have made on children and young people’s lives. To celebrate the achievement and receive the award Elizabeth Duncan, a lawyer in our child abuse team with close links to the NSPCC, has been invited to the Awards Ceremony in London this...

The Supreme Court's judgment on legal liability for sex abuse by foster carers has been welcomed by lawyers campaigning for victims of sexual abuse, writes Slee Blackwell's Rachel Thain. The decision of the Supreme Court in Armes v Nottingham Council establishes for the first time the principle that foster carers are to be treated as employees of the local authority which appoints them. This means that local authorities will become what lawyers refer to as 'vicariously liable' for the conduct of foster carers and...

Cornwall has been at the heart of a number of sex abuse scandals in recent years. Due to the county’s relative geographical isolation it can sometimes be difficult for the Cornish to access specialist services and the legal sector is no exception. However, when it comes to expert legal advice in relation to sex abuse victims are able to call upon support from lawyer Elizabeth Duncan. Liz, who lives in Cornwall, is a specialist in sex abuse law and has recovered much needed...

Information recently published by the NSPCC show that the work of children’s charities is as important as ever. It can be easy to assume that child abuse, poverty and neglect happens elsewhere,  but the reality is that these issues are everywhere in our society and affect many children in our rural region. For example:- Last year Avon & Somerset police recorded 1118 sexual offences against children 555 children in Somerset were subject to a child protection plan last year There are 870 children in care in...

Scout abuse victim wins compensation despite claim being 'out of time'. John Bates has been described as the ‘Jimmy Savile’ of the Scouting world. As well as holding a position of trust as a Scout leader, he was a serving Police officer with Lincolnshire Police for a number of years. However, we now know that Bates used this persona of authority and respect to groom and sexually abuse young boys. He would be excessively tactile with the boys and groom them...

Somerset abuse lawyers, Rachel Thain and Liz Duncan, have been appointed as the PR team for the West Somerset branch of the NSPCC. Rachel has also become secretary of the branch. Liz and Rachel have strong links with the NSPCC, organising a very successful cycling event last year which help raise much needed funds. Their aim will be to continue to raise the profile of this very worthy charity that does so much for the nation’s children and in particular combating the threat...

Abuse lawyer, Liz Duncan, examines the links between sexual abuse and mental health, explaining that compensation from a legal claim can be used to enable the survivor to access specialist therapy and abuse counselling to aid their recovery The Mental Health Foundation is reporting that nearly two thirds of us will experience mental health problems at some time, with only 13% of the population living with high levels of good mental health. Mental health issues are a particular concern for the survivors of sexual...

28 members of staff from our Barnstaple and Taunton offices raised almost £4,000 for child abuse charity NSPCC by pedaling continuously for 24 hours on stationery exercise bikes. By the end of the event they had clocked up 715 miles. £1,918 was raised from individual sponsors. This sum was then matched by the partners of Slee Blackwell LLP, taking the total to £3,837. Sponsors were entered into a free prize draw. Prizes, generously donated by local businesses, included pantomime tickets and vouchers for...

Abuse Lawyer, Elizabeth Duncan, appeared on ITV News on Monday 28 November talking about sex abuse in football and sport. Elizabeth told ITV that abuse in football and sport generally is a serious problem. She said that much more needs to be done by sporting institutions to help those who have been abused in the past and to prevent abuse occurring in future. Slee Blackwell's abuse law team has established a national reputation in this highly specialised field and has a client...