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I am a partner in the personal injury team in London. I specialise in a range of personal injury work including head and spinal cases. I also undertake fatal and amputation cases. In addition, I also undertake cases involving deliberate assaults and child abuse.
I have been representing adult survivors of abuse since 1996 bringing claims in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Since 1999, I have been involved in cases suing London authorities including Tower Hamlets, Southwark, Lambeth, Haringey and Hackney. In these cases, my clients are usually children known to be at risk of abuse but social workers have failed to intervene and save them from abuse and neglect.
I have also represented people abused whilst in the care of national charities and voluntary organisations and I have run many cases against the Church have also sued schools both in the state and independent sector
I am a Fellow with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and an accredited brain injury specialist. I am also on the Law Society’s Personal Injury Panel. I am secretary to the child abuse group with APIL and I also sit on the Executive Committee of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers
• Compensation for a driver who suffered a whiplash injury and a dissection of his carotid artery which later resulted in a stroke and significant disability and neurological impairment. This case settled for an amount equivalent to £2.42 million.
• A young motorcyclist who suffered devastating ankle injuries, eventually leading to an elective below knee amputation. This case settled for in excess of £1 million.
• Damages for a survivor of sexual abuse in a children's home. The abuser was a trainee social worker and the abuse took place in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
• We achieved an out of court settlement of £200,000 for a man who had been abused in childhood by a Church of England priest in the 1970s.
• We secured damages in excess of £100,000 for a man who had been abused by a school teacher.
I went into the law to make a difference to people's lives and to be able offer skilled and expert advice to a broad cross section of the community. My work in child abuse claims often involves helping the most ignored, socially excluded and disadvantaged people in society. My aim in accident cases is to return people to as full a life as possible. In fatal cases, I work to give financial security to bereaved families.
I am most happy when we not only get a good settlement of a case but we also manage to do something good in addition like putting in place some effective rehab or getting an apology. I like to use the claims process imaginatively because it is rarely just the money which is important.
I have a fabulous team of 7 lawyers, we have great resources from our colleagues in our support departments and there is a wealth of knowledge which is shared on specialist cases.
I love to walk. I would say hill walking, but I am from Norfolk and I don't do hills. I like to get away from London and out in the open but most of my spare time is spent looking after my young and very energetic daughter. I support Norwich City and it is painful. I also enjoy stand up comedy, current affairs and politics.
“Prior to the accident, Margaret was a highly independent woman; she enjoyed a busy and active life, playing bowls, going on day trips and holidays and looking after the village’s hairstyles since the mid-1980s.
“She had been looking forward to her retirement and spending time with her four-year-old grandson when she suffered these horrific injuries and their life-changing consequences.
“We are now working to secure Margaret an adapted home close to friends and family where she can live as comfortably as possible and continue her rehabilitation.”
“It is extremely concerning that the report has found there is no clear plan to tackle sexual harassment issues in our schools and that many young people feel reports they made were not taken seriously.
“We’re glad MPs have now called for a clear and better plan to tackle this issue, which is becoming more and more prevalent in schools. From our experience we understand that sexual harassment, violence and abuse at a young age can seriously impact the way young people develop, with these incidents causing serious problems in later life.
“It is important children feel able to come forward to report these issues knowing that they will be taken seriously and investigated properly and that they will be provided with the help and support they may need to deal with the longer-term consequences.”
We are helping survivors who want their voices heard and need answers about the abuse which happened to them as children.
This Inquiry has already seen three Chairs appointed then leave their posts which has left survivors involved facing the emotional upheavals of false starts.
The departure of Dame Lowell Goddard must not hold up this Inquiry even further and add to the suffering these survivors have already experienced.
There is a lot of work to be done to bring these survivors one step closer to justice and a new Chair needs to be appointed soon to ensure that victims can trust the system and have the confidence to come forward.
“The findings of this report are extremely concerning and it is absolutely imperative that steps are taken to improve the services and assistance survivors of abuse have access to.
“Clearly more training and increased knowledge of sexual abuse within families is required to ensure that any child in this terrible position is identified quickly and removed from their situation.
“The harrowing nature of abuse within the family or the close circle around it makes it extremely difficult for survivors to come forward at the time of the abuse, meaning it often stays hidden for a number of years.
“We have seen the major impact abuse of this nature, in particular, can have on the lives of survivors, affecting their ability to work and to form relationships.
“Now the issue of sexual abuse is more frequently in the public eye, more people are coming forward to talk about what they went through in the hope justice can be served and to stop these types of incidents happening again.
“Due to the nature of the crimes it often takes years before those who have suffered abuse feel able to discuss their ordeal.”