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Alison Millar

Partner

Alison Millar works in the human rights department at Leigh Day, where she is the Head of Abuse claims

Abuse claims

Alison leads a specialist team conducting claims for adult survivors of non-recent sexual or physical abuse in childhood and claims for the mistreatment of children and adults at risk of harm in care settings.

Alison is the Compliance Officer for Legal Practice at Leigh Day.

Alison acts in claims for abuse. She has acted for individuals who have been abused or neglected as children, both in familial and institutional settings. She has experience of claims brought on a vicarious liability basis against a wide range of organisations including local authorities, in relation to abuse perpetrated in children’s homes and community schools; independent schools; churches; sporting organisations and membership organisations such as the Scouts.

She acted for a number of learning disabled people who were treated at the private Hospital, Winterbourne View, which was closed following an expose by BBC Panorama of systemic abuse of patients. She has considerable experience of bringing claims against local authorities and / or health authorities on a direct liability basis for abuse or mistreatment, including false imprisonment and unlawful restraint, of children and adults in education or care settings.

Alison Millar is "hugely intelligent and experienced, the kind of person clients find easy to work with even though the subject matter is difficult.

Chambers and partners 2016

Legal expertise

Some examples of Alison’s work on behalf of abused clients include:

  • Obtaining redress for care leavers who were sexually abused at Grafton Close, the children’s home run by Richmond Council that was connected with Operation Fernbridge (the high profile police investigation into whether children had been abused by a paedophile ring, including persons of public prominence, at a guest house in Barnes).
  • Securing closure and redress after many years for a former care leaver who had been subjected to sexual abuse and ‘Pindown’ practices in children’s homes in Staffordshire.
  • Representing former pupils of Swaylands School, a residential special school for boys in Penshurst, Kent, where there was a police investigation into ‘large scale abuse’.
  • Securing compensation for former pupils of Royal Alexandra School, Gatton Park, an independent boarding school.
  • Representing former pupils of Shebbear College, an independent boarding school in Devon.
  • Obtaining compensation for a young woman who had been sexually exploited and assaulted by a healthcare worker engaged to provide her with mental health support.
  • Securing compensation for a patient who was sexually assaulted by a nurse at a flagship sexual health clinic.
  • Securing a five figure sum of compensation for a young woman with profound disabilities for the neglect she suffered as a child when placed with local authority foster carers.
  • Representing people with learning disabilities and mental health needs who had been falsely imprisoned in care homes in Devon run by Atlas Projects Limited.

Alison is currently acting for survivors of abuse at Shirley Oaks Children’s Home and other Lambeth Children’s Homes who suffered abuse, providing advice in relation to the redress / compensation scheme that was approved by Lambeth Council’s Executive on 18 December 2017.

Alison has brought successful claims for compensation for Islington care leavers and is engaged to advise Islington Survivors Network, who are campaigning for comprehensive support and redress for survivors of the Islington children’s homes abuse scandal in the 1970s – 1990s.
Alison has commented widely in the media on legal issues relevant to her work and has provided written and oral evidence to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Alison also has over 15 years' experience conducting complex clinical negligence claims. She has a special interest in claims arising from negligent genetic screening procedures on behalf of clients who have undergone fertility treatment.

Alison originally qualified as a barrister and was called to the Bar in 1995. She re-qualified as a solicitor in 2000 and became a partner in the firm in 2006. She is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers (ACAL).

Publications

Improving global protection for children against sexual abuse Originally published on LexisPSL 5.2.19

Membership

Association of Child Abuse Lawyers; Liberty.

 

The immense personal support we experienced from her was surpassed only by her professional effort beyond the call of duty."

Client of Alison

Accreditations

News Article
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Abuse claims Residential care

Cygnet Woodside unit put into special measures

A hospital for men with learning difficulties has been placed into special measures following an inspection amid allegations of abuse.

News Article
Human rights Abuse claims

Retired teacher charged with historic sex offences against pupils

A former teacher is to appear in court on charges of sexual offences against pupils at two boarding schools where he worked in West Sussex and Wiltshire between 1965 and 1985, Sussex Police has confirmed.

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Abuse claims Royal Academy of Music Non-recent abuse claims

Review into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct at Royal Academy of Music

Alison Millar discusses the background to an independent review into safeguarding at the Royal Academy of Music and the conclusions it has reached.