Duncroft Approved School, Surrey – Jimmy Savile abuse allegations

It is alleged that Sir Jimmy Savile who died in October last year aged 84 was a frequent visitor to uncroft pproved School in Surrey. here have been allegations made against him by several women and former pupils of the school that he had sexually abused and indecently assaulted them. It has emerged that in 2007 Surrey Police were investigating a complaint from a woman claiming she was indecently assaulted by Savile at the uncroft School during the 1970s. She was aged approximately 14 or 15 at the time. espite the investigation, no further action was taken. Several other women who had been pupils at the school in the 1970s were apparently also prepared to say that they too had been abused by Savile. He often visited the school and would give the girls cigarettes or records, or take them to sit in the audience at his lunk lick V show. In return for this he would expect 'sexual favours'. One former pupil alleges an indecent assault by Jimmy Savile at the school. She screamed and complained after the incident allegedly took place resulting in her being sent to the school’s isolation. Others make allegations amounting to that of sexual assaults. Sussex Police have now confirmed that a complaint of sexual assault against Savile was made by a 59-year-old woman in 2008. he complaint was subsequently dropped because she was "unwilling to co-operate in any investigation". he attack allegedly took place in Worthing in 1970. he uncroft pproved School was based in an old manor house down Moor Lane. It was originally under Home Office control as a school 'for intelligent, emotionally disturbed' girls, until it came under local authority control. he school owed these vulnerable girls a duty of care. hey were placed in predicaments whereby they could be systematically abused and can deservedly seek the justice that they are owed.

We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. claim for compensation is still possible regardless of whether the alleged abuser is alive or not. he law surrounding this situation is complex and Verisona’s historic abuse team have the requisite specialist knowledge to be able to deal with any potential claims. If you or somebody you know were subject to abuse at any time whilst at the school or at any other institution please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.

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Lisa has specialised in childhood abuse and social care negligence for the last 8 years and has extensive experience in relation to civil abuse litigation, CICA claim maximisation and Redress Scheme claims. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

Since 2018 she has travelled around the country to see clients who were failed by Lambeth Council during their childhood in order to collate evidence for submission to the Lambeth Children’s Home Compensation Scheme. Lisa’s style of working is tailored to providing emotional support whilst applying the specialist legal expertise required to ensure her client’s have the best evidence for making a successful claim.

Lisa is able to access key psychiatric and social care experts to obtain evidence and therapy recommendations for clients. She can direct clients to treatment providers if required. Often such treatment costs can be claimed as part of the compensation process. This is a priority to ensure her clients have the best opportunity to make positive steps into the future. Lisa excels in applying questions to psychiatric experts to clarify and ensure they have a deeper understanding of the case issues where required. She is also experienced in negotiation to maximise outcome according to specific scheme terms.

For the last year and half, Lisa has been leading the firm’s participation in the National Abuse Inquiry specifically relating to the IICSA Lambeth investigation acting on behalf of 6 core participants. Such work involved the preparation of core participant applications, section 40 funding applications, detailed consideration of social care record evidence, witness statements preparation, attending preliminary hearings for consideration on the extent of other key party involvement, detailed work on documentary disclosure evidence from the council, police and other core participants to identify deep seated failings within the past care and policing systems, cross referencing, and work with counsel on composing Rule 10 questioning of corporate and police witnesses giving evidence at the IICSA Lambeth hearing. Lisa also accompanied a key core participant giving evidence to the IICSA hearing providing support and understanding to ensure her client’s evidence was sensitively taken into account when the panel make recommendations to protect children in the future. Questions were raised on the effectiveness of the current Serious Case Review system and how this has been operating within police and council’s across the country, something which has also been identified whilst working on specific civil cases. The hope is that improvements in the child protection mechanisms can ensure the safety of children in future.

Lisa also specialises in CICA claims, an area of work which has increased significantly following the lifting of the pre 1979 same home abuse rule which facilitated many victims being able to finally achieve justice relating to serious childhood abuse.

Lisa also has extensive particular experience in running civil claims relating to foster carer abuse, abuse in private/public/approved school institutions, church abuse, and abuse linked to gymnastics.

Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability.

Lisa is fluent in German and Persian. She also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law

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Within this time, never once did I feel it was about the money for her. She was very considerate and dealt with many personal matters in a caring and professional way. It was a very sensitive case but she put in a lot of hard work and went the extra mile each time. Her wide range of expertise was indispensable during this difficult time. Because of this I trusted all her advice and as a result, this took a lot of pressure off of me.

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Lisa studied ‘Contract Law, European Law and Employment Law’ as part of her degree in BA (Hons) Business Administration. She has also studied other business subjects, including accounting.

Having completed her degree, Lisa started work for Verisona Law in November 1999 in the Personal Injury department as a Trainee Litigation Clerk and since then has developed extensive skills in relation to personal injury litigation and case preparation.

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