Our team of specialist abuse lawyers act for individuals who may have suffered abuse relating to several group actions and schemes.
We understand it can be incredibly difficult for victims of abuse to come forward and report what happened to them, especially if some years have passed since the incident occurred. We also appreciate some claims will have passed the limitation period.
But, we do act for victims of historical abuse in relation to the following five group actions and schemes:
St James and St Vedast Compensation Scheme
Please be aware this scheme will close down after 30th June 2021. If you wish to make a claim under this scheme please act quickly and get in touch as soon as possible. You can call us on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will call you.
Malcolm Johnson and his team have successfully obtained compensation for over 75 former pupils of St James and St Vedast schools, which operated in London in the 1970s and 1980s. All of our clients have alleged that they were subjected to a physically and emotionally violent regime at these schools.
If you were subjected to abuse during your time at either of these schools, we may be able to help you receive compensation for the pain and suffering you endured.
Below are details of how the scheme operates, and the support we can provide.
How much compensation will I receive?
The amount of compensation you could expect to receive will depend on the severity of your abuse, and for how long it took place. The psychological and physical impacts of your abuse will also be taken into account.
While the maximum compensation award as part of this group action is £30,000 there may be scope for a larger payment in certain circumstances.
How long do I have to make a claim?
If you are concerned about limitation periods, we can still help you as there is no limitation period regarding this particular scheme.
You must be able to prove you are a former pupil of the school and establish that you suffered abuse. We understand this can be a stressful situation, and having to recount your abuse is incredibly tough, so we will help you every step of the way.
Response from the schools
The school has given or offered a full written apology to every victim who has come forward so far, together with the offer of a meeting with the current school governors in the future.
Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme
Please be aware this scheme will close down after 1st January 2022. If you wish to make a claim under this scheme please act quickly and get in touch as soon as possible. You can call us on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and we will call you.
Malcolm Johnson and his team have represented over 80 former children in the care of the London Borough of Lambeth, who have made claims to the Lambeth Children’s Homes Redress Scheme.
The scheme has now been up and running since 2nd January 2018. It is the result of work done by the Shirley Oaks Survivors Association and their negotiations with Lambeth.
This work resulted in Lambeth setting up a multi-million pound fund to compensate survivors of abuse, who had been in Lambeth children’s homes and foster placements over the years. When it first came out, the scheme was described by Lambeth’s Council Leader as the “first of its kind in England.”
Below are details of how the scheme operates, and the support we can provide:
How much compensation could I receive?
This scheme pays out on a points-based system. The maximum amount is normally £125,000 but it is possible to receive more in certain circumstances.
Since the scheme began, it has paid out over £100m in compensation to the victims of abuse while part of Lambeth’s system.
How long do I have to make a claim?
There are specific criteria that must be met, but our experts can explain that in further detail with you and help you through the claims process. As long as you meet this criteria, it doesn’t matter how long ago your abuse took place.
My child has since passed away, can I still claim?
The family of a deceased child in care can make a claim.
Get in touch to start a claim
If you or your child was once a victim of abuse while in the care of a Lambeth children’s home, let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Call our experts free on 0808 164 0808, or request a call back and one of our team will call you.
Please note: this scheme will only run until 1st January 2022. Please get in touch with our team on 0808 164 0808 as soon as possible if you wish to bring a claim.
The Jesus Army Abuse Compensation Scheme
This scheme has yet to be set up by the Jesus Fellowship Church Trust, but it is expected to go live in 2021.
The purpose of the scheme is to compensate both children and adults who suffered abuse whilst in the care of the Jesus Fellowship Church, which was also known as the “Jesus Army.”
Since the death of Jesus Army founder Noel Stanton in 2009, many allegations of abuse from both children and adults have surfaced. Since then, a number of people have been convicted of carrying out abuse at the Jesus Fellowship Church. There have also been allegations that the abuse had been covered up by senior members in the Church.
Malcolm Johnson and his team advise the Jesus Fellowship Survivors Association, which has been set up to support victims of abuse in the Church.
When will I be able to claim under the scheme?
The scheme is expected to go live this year, but its inception depends largely on the sale by the Church of its properties. It is thought that the scheme will be similar to the Lambeth Children’s Home Redress Scheme, with a points based system and a maximum compensation payment.
While the scheme itself isn’t yet fully functional, victims of Jesus Army abuse are encouraged to come forward and apply to make a claim with the help and guidance of Malcolm and his team. As yet, there is no cut-off date for making an application.
The Myles Bradbury Compensation Scheme
While there is no actual “scheme” in place, victims are encouraged to contact our solicitors, who will present their claims to the NHS Trust’s lawyers.
Malcolm Johnson and his team have acted and continue to act for a number of former children who were abused by Myles Bradbury, a child cancer specialist who was employed by Addenbrookes Hospital. He was jailed in 2014.
The NHS Trust that owns Addenbrookes Hospital has since made a number of substantial payouts to Myles Bradbury’s victims.
Can I claim?
If you suffered abuse by Myles Bradbury during your time at Addenbrookes Hospital, we encourage you to get in touch and talk to us.
The NHS Trust isn’t currently posing cut-off periods for this scheme. No matter how long ago your abuse took place, how old you were at the time, or whether your abuse was reported to the police, we can still provide legal support and guidance.
It’s important to note that there is scope for victims to undergo specialist treatment, paid for by the NHS Trust prior to their settling their claim. And, there does not yet appear to be any cut-off date for making a claim. However, we would advise any victim to make a claim as soon as possible.
Call us free on 0808 164 0808.
The Windrush Scandal Compensation Scheme
Malcolm Johnson and his team act for a number of victims of the Windrush scandal. We provide legal support and guidance for UK citizens who were held in detention and deported, or left jobless due to the government’s failure to keep track of citizenship documents during this time.
What sorts of claims are involved?
Anyone who faced unfair treatment during the Windrush scandal can make a number of different claims for the following:
- Immigration fees
- Legal costs paid to secure immigration status
- Denial of access to public, private and other services
- Loss of income
- Wrongful detention (tariff-based award)
- Impact on daily life (tariff-based award).
Lawyers’ fees are not payable under this scheme. Our team charges 30% of the compensation awarded in successful claims.
How long do I have to bring a claim?
All claims under the Windrush Scandal Compensation Scheme must be submitted on or before 2nd April 2023.
Claiming under these schemes
We understand the delicate nature of these claims, and the lasting impact abuse can have on the victims involved. Malcolm and his team are highly experienced in helping individuals who need legal advice and support for abuse claims, and are dedicated to getting people closure, and a sense of justice. Please get in touch with our team on 0808 164 0808 if you wish to make a claim under any of the abuse compensation schemes above. Or you can request a call back, and our team will get in touch with you.