We are pleased to be able to open our offices to clients and visitors once more as of 1 July 2020. All visits will be by appointment only.
To enable us to welcome you to the office in line with current Government advice, we have put strict guidelines in place to ensure the health and safety of our clients/visitors and our staff.
Please ensure you read our guidelines below BEFORE visiting our offices and follow them during your visit: Click here for full guidelinesClose
24 Jun 2019
Any person who has been the victim of a crime, be it an assault, sexual abuse or otherwise, can apply to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority for compensation. Any application must be lodged within 2 years of the incident taking place, although there is a discretion to extend that time limit.
In the case of those applicants who were living with their partner and who, in turn, was the assailant at the time the offence was committed, all offences prior to 1979 have, up until now, been rejected by the government department. That position has now changed, which means any applicant can re-apply and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority will have the discretion to extend the 2-year limit in such circumstances.
In relation to the victims of historical child abuse claims, there is currently a 3-year period in England & Wales which, in effect, runs out on one’s 21st birthday. The Court has the discretion to allow claims being brought outside this time limit subject to providing a good reason. There is currently a campaign being brought by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers for this time restraint to be lifted to bring it into line with the law in Scotland which abolished the time conditions in 2017.
If you have suffered from historical abuse – let us help. Our team are experts in these kinds of claims and will handle your case sensitively and with the utmost discretion. Get in touch with our expert team today.
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