Is it too late to bring a case?

People who have been abused often ask us if it is ‘too late’ to claim compensation for abuse they suffered a long time ago, as a child.

The short answer is it is not too late. Here are the reasons why…

The 1980 Limitation Act sets out time limits for bringing compensation claims for personal injuries, including those caused by sexual assaults.

Depending on the circumstances, the window for bringing a claim is as little as 3 years. However, section 11 of the Act allows Courts to extend this limitation period and are able to do so for people who have suffered sexual abuse.

You can now, at the Court’s discretion, pursue a claim for sexual abuse many years after the event. This is still decided case-by-case but the Court takes the following arguments seriously:

  • You were abused as a child but suppressed the memory and did not recall what happened for years;
  • The psychological impact of sexual abuse on people may not become clear for many years;
  • Children may not tell people about their abuse as they do not understand that what is happening to them is wrong or they fear they will be blamed or not believed;

As experienced abuse solicitors we can tell you where you stand. Initial consultations are free of charge, without obligation and absolutely confidential.

We can meet you wherever you feel most comfortable to discuss your case with you, even if it is a long way from our base. Please contact us to arrange an initial meeting.

Below is a selection of organisations/instutions/bodies we are frequently instructed to pursue.


  • Private schools, boarding schools, local authority schools, closed schools, hospital schools.


  • The Scouts Association, St Johns Ambulance, MIND, the Children’s Society, Barnados.

Private companies

  • Football trainers, judo teachers, dance instructors, swimming instructors, holiday activity centres, nurseries, youth clubs.

Local Authorities/Ministry of Defence

  • County Councils, Borough Councils, City Councils, ILEA, cadets, navy/ army (forces).

National Health Service Trusts/Commissioning Boards/GPs

  • Hospitals, Disability care centres, children’s care providers.


  • Convicted perpetrators, acquitted perpetrators.

Children’s Homes

  • Respite care, full time children’s home, part-time children’s homes.

Religious Institutions

  • Roman Catholic Church, United Synagogue, Sisters of Nazareth, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Brothers Order.

Foster Carers

  • Permanent carers, temporary carers

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