Abuse by celebrities or public figures

The revelations of abuse that emerged in 2012 regarding Jimmy Savile after his death led to a widespread police investigation of child sexual abuse by celebrities called Operation Yewtree. This investigation led to convictions of a large number of celebrities and public figures, including Max Clifford, Gary Glitter, and Rolf Harris.

More recently, the allegations of sexual assaults involving Harvey Weinstein and other Hollywood figures have further lifted the lid on how some celebrities have been able to use their power and fame to act with impunity in the abuse of others. Where in the past abusers have been able to use their fame to deter people from speaking out, people are now finding a voice and are being believed.

If you have been abused by somebody in the public eye, and you would like to seek redress, then please contact us. Our team of experienced lawyers can advise you on your rights, and whether it is possible for you to make a claim.

How do I make a historic abuse claim?

If the abuser is somebody in the public eye, provided that person is still living, it is likely they will have the means to pay compensation. If the abuse happened at an institution, such as the BBC, then we can also look into whether it is possible to hold that institution to account for negligence in allowing abuse to take place on their premises.

Verisona Law was involved in the compensation scheme which was set up to compensate Jimmy Savile’s victims and we have experience in seeking justice and redress in this type of case.

Are there time restrictions on making a claim?

Technically you have until your 21st birthday to bring a claim, but the courts do recognise that it is difficult sometime for survivors of abuse to come forward and many are only able to come to terms with what happened later in life. As such the courts always use their discretion when deciding whether to allow a claim to be made and our dedicated team at Verisona Law has a great deal of expertise in bringing cases “out of time”.

Verisona Law - What can we do to help?

We pride ourselves on our understanding and sensitivity with our clients but also our tenacity with opponents when pursuing cases. Our aim is to seek redress for people who have suffered abuse, be that financial compensation, or organising treatment or therapy in order to help people seek closure.

In many cases we are happy to act for people on a “no win, no fee” basis and we are happy to speak to you about the most appropriate way of funding your claim.

My case was very sensitive and brought back many unpleasant memories. However, it was all handled in a professional, kind and understanding way. It made the whole situation easier to tackle, I can now move on with my life. Thanks for all your help and dedication, I finally have closure on this part of my life.

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Thank you for all your much appreciated hard work. I will truly never forget your kindness towards me. Your patience, respect and understanding at all times was beyond words. The sincere compassion shown meant more to me than words could ever express. This firm will forever hold a special place in my heart.

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Our specialist historic abuse team

Andrea Cox
Principal Lawyer - Wills, Trust and Probate
Carla Burt
Conveyancing Assistant - Residential Property


Charlene Griffin
Team Assistant - Family
Ellie Reynolds
Solicitor - Wills, Trusts and Probate
Gemma Johnson
Team Assistant - Residential Property
Iain Belcher
Consultant - Wills, Trust and Probate
Jackie Dobson
Team Assistant - Historic Abuse


Jacky Sneddon
Team Assistant - Family
Jane Pethick
Team Assistant - Employment and Corporate & Commercial
Katherine Davey
Business Support Assistant
Kerry Henderson-Parish
Marie Forbes
Solicitor - Historic Abuse/Litigation
Natalie Chance
Team Assistant - Marine
Nigel Wale
Team Assistant - Commercial Property
Tricia Moore FCILEx
Conveyancer FCILEx