Irwin Mitchell’s child abuse solicitors secured a settlement for a man who suffered abuse from a tutor at school.
Our client, Steven, attended Stockwell Manor School from 1973 to 1980. Whilst a pupil at the school he was indecently assaulted by his year tutor over approximately two years.
In July 2010, the tutor was convicted of 12 counts of sexual assault involving two pupils, one of whom was our client. Steven then had to give evidence at the criminal trial.
We brought a claim against the local authority, who were responsible for the acts of employees of the school. We claimed compensation for the acts of abuse themselves and, in addition, the psychological effect on Steven’s adult life. He had copies of his school reports to use as proof of his attendance during the relevant period.
The local authority admitted liability for the offences committed by the year tutor before court proceedings. They made an offer to settle Steven’s claim and, following negotiations, we secured a settlement of £34,000.
Tracey Storey is a Partner in Irwin Mitchell’s child abuse team. Commenting on the case, she said: “It is often hard for people abused as children to come forward. Steven’s abuse had occurred in the 1970s. He showed remarkable courage in giving evidence in the criminal trial in 2010 and it was only right that he was then compensated for the abuse suffered and the psychological trauma he had endured for many years.”
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