One small step for the Church but a giant step for humanity

Whether you are a victim of sexual abuse in England or in ustralia the biggest hurdle that you have to overcome in the fight for justice is the law on limitation. In simple terms in England and the ustralian states there are laws which prohibit the bringing of so-called stale claims. When the parliamentarians were making these laws they probably never thought about victims of abuse, let alone the fact that by the very nature of the injuries suffered would never think about making a claim until many years later. onsequently victims’ lawyers have to work very hard to get round these difficult  and seemingly unjust laws. In my experience defendants invariable raise limitation as a defence regardless of the merits, and so it seems a great shaft of light is with us now that  the nglican hurch in Brisbane has resolved to negotiate a protocol for waiving the time limit blocking child sex abuse victims from suing. motion calling for the church to stop invoking the statute, which is 21 years in Queensland, was debated at the Brisbane diocese annual Synod reported he ge, but did not pass. However, an amended motion was passed as follows: "(Synod resolved to) sk the archbishop and council to continue its ethical lead by undertaking negotiations with the diocesan insurers to establish a protocol for dealing with claims by victims of child sex abuse when the diocese considers it appropriate not to invoke the time limitation defence without losing indemnity from our insurers," the motion read.

The spokesman told he ge that the synod, a parliament of 400 clergy and lay people, backed continuing discussion of the issue. "We'll be writing to our insurers and saying we want to meet with you to formulate an agreement that allows us to instruct you to waive the provision of the stature where it's appropriate," he said. he synod also supported continued lobbying by nglican leader rchbishop Phillip spinall for a uniform national statute of at least 37 years, the current level in NSW, Victoria and asmania. "We've written to all national heads of churches to ask them to join us in appealing for unity," the church spokesman said. "We want victims of sexual abuse to be treated fairly and we don't think the current statute of limitations does that. "We want to make sure that if people want to sue us through the court system the statute of limitations is not going to be an impediment ... but there are cases where the statute of limitations is actually quite valid." Whilst the last sentence is unwelcome, because I struggle to see why the “statute of limitations” could ever be valid in a sexual abuse case, the approach being adopted is more than welcome. One small step for the hurch but a giant step for humanity. If you have been sexual abused and want confidential legal advice please contact me. Alan Collins Or you can contact my colleague Charles Derham


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.

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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.

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