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I’m a personal injury solicitor in Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, representing clients in a range of cases involving child abuse, sexual assault, asbestos-related disease and work-related injury.
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to make a difference in people’s lives. Most clients who come to us have experienced tragic events, often with harrowing consequences. I feel privileged to be able to play a part in their lives in assisting them to seek justice.
I like working as part of a large national organisation, whilst helping to seek justice for the individual.
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“The findings of this review have been eagerly awaited and they have highlighted serious concerns regarding numerous aspects of the work of agencies responsible for protecting and safeguarding young and vulnerable people in the area.
“It is a distressing fact that the report has identified 700 cases across Northumbria, including 108 in Newcastle. But it’s assertion that abuse is still ongoing in the region is chilling.
“The entire city, and wider North East region, has been desperate for answers and will want to see clear steps now being taken to prevent the same issues from ever happening again. This has to be the priority of agencies in the area."
“One of the issues with historical abuse cases is that taking direct legal action against those responsible does not always ensure access to the financial redress required to access specialist help to come to terms with their abuse. This is because abusers will most likely not have the assets to meet any Judgment against them.
“In addition, taking action against a local authority has not often been possible, as it would be reliant on evidence that the council knew of a foster parent’s wrongdoing or abuse, which is of course not always feasible.
“However, the ruling in the Supreme Court case of Armes v Nottinghamshire Council has changed all of that and has opened up the prospect that our clients – and many more survivors of abuse who may have struggled to get justice in the past – could now get access to the support they deserve.”
“While it is obviously concerning that hotspots for grooming activities do exist in Newcastle, it’s positive that the police are taking a proactive approach to try and prevent the act occurring.
“Through the work we do at Irwin Mitchell, we hear the first-hand accounts of those who are victims of abuse and have experienced grooming. These accounts are deeply upsetting and we welcome efforts to try and prevent further people having to suffer.”
“This is another terrible case of historical abuse in which a young, vulnerable individual has suffered at the hands of a person placed in a position of authority and trust.
“Through our work on cases of this nature, we have seen how incredibly difficult it can be for victims of this kind of abuse to come forward and have their voices heard, particularly as many are often concerned that they may not be taken seriously.
“Following the incredible bravery shown by our client, we are determined to help her gain justice and also access to vital financial support which will aid her efforts to come to terms with her ordeal and help her hopefully move forward with her life.
“We would also urge anyone affected by similar problems to not suffer in silence and come forward at the earliest opportunity.”
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