It is sad fact that cheaper travel and new technologies allow British offenders to target the world’s most vulnerable children. And inconsistencies in local law enforcement have allowed abusers to move around the world avoiding legal redress.
However it is possible to bring civil claims for compensation in the UK on behalf of the survivors of these abusers. Compensation can be awarded for sexual abuse, exploitation, physical abuse and torture, exploitation, psychological damage, loss of earnings, medical and counselling costs, among other things.
Recent cases brought by international abuse lawyer, Nichola Marshall
have established that UK employers can be made responsible for abuse committed by their employees abroad. This includes bodies such as multinational companies, churches, charities, and individual UK citizens.
If you know of abuse which occurred in the past, or is still occurring, it may be still possible to use the law to seek redress. And because the burden of proof is lower in civil cases than criminal cases, we can usually secure compensation without going to court.
Compensation awarded to children is protected by arrangements we put in place on their behalf.
To fight cases against UK nationals seizing opportunities to abuse abroad, it is vital to understand the cultural, language, and practical issues in the countries affected. We have unique expertise in fighting and winning cases for groups of international clients who have suffered sexual and physical abuse and torture.
We are rated band 1 for international group claims in legal directories, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners, having fought for survivors in the Commonwealth, the Far East, and Asia.
- Partner Frances Swaine fought alongside the Child Migrant Trust and former child migrants themselves from 1992 to get government recognition for what happened to them and to provide government compensation for the hurt and loss they suffered
- The international team won compensation for hundreds of Kenyans who were victims of sexual abuse and torture during the 1950’s
- We are currently acting for a number of Kenyan children allegedly abused by a British Airways pilot from Hertfordshire. It is alleged that First Officer Simon Wood, 54, molested youngsters during stopovers in Kenya whilst flying for British Airways.
- We have also secured compensation for asylum seekers who were illegally deported from this country and suffered abuse at the hands of those deporting them.