Time travelling

Today's High Court ruling that former members of the Mau Mau can sue the British government for compensation arising from abuse allegations of the 1950's adds a new twist to the fight for justice for historic wrongs. There are conflicting arguments as to the rights and wrongs of courts going back in time to try and unravel what happened and deterimine if there was fault. There are those who argue, and it does always seem to be those who are on the receiving end of the claims - the wrongdoers or their insurers that there should be certainty. That is why there are limitation laws to stop supposed stale cases being litigated. Then there are those who argue that if the abuse has caused the delay then why should the wrongdoer and the insurer hide behind the veil afforded by limitation laws? Surely the most important thing is to ensure that justice is done? This goes to the heart of travelling back in time. If justice can still be done many years if not decades after the abuse then the courts, in my experience, will be prepared to look at the evidence and come to a decision on liability. oday's decision does not mean that it is easier to pursue such cases, far from it, because victims must have compelling evidence to stand a chance of succeeding. simple " I was abused and this is what happened..." is only the start, without evidence in support it can be very difficult if not impossible to succeed.

My nutshell guide to suceess is:

  • We have to prove the abuse - there must be  evidence.    
  • Who is liable for it ? here has to be a defendant who can be sued.
  • That damage has been suffered.
  • That it is fair in an historic case for it to proceed outside the limitation period.

This is only a guide of course, and every case is different, but serves I hope as a useful reminder. The key driver is evidence. You can never over prepare on evidence. Poor evidence and a court is going to struggle with a journey in to the past. If you want to discuss this article or the subject matter please contact me. Alan Collins 02392492472


Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

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