The Scout Movement is the UK’s largest youth organisation and its ethos has always been to encourage young people to develop life skills in a fun and challenging environment.
Scout groups across the UK are run by adult volunteers who act in a wide range of roles, including working directly with young people.
Because of its involvement with young people the Scouts has, unfortunately, attracted individuals to it who are willing to exploit their position of power, and proximity to children, in order to abuse those in their trust. Many people have suffered abuse at the hands of a Scout Leader, but also in rarer cases the abuse has been perpetrated by other Scouts.
Many people with responsibility in within Scouting groups already have convictions relating to child abuse, click here to read more.
If you have been abused by someone connected with The Scouts, you can bring a claim for compensation directly against the organisation itself. The Scout Association may be vicariously liable for the abuse perpetrated by its members or anybody closely connected to it, or they may be negligent in allowing the abuse to take place whilst in their care.
Our highly experienced team have brought many claims against the Scouts as well as other youth organisations. We can advise you as to your rights and whether it is possible to bring a claim.
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
Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
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”.
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.
Marie Forbes is a Litigation Solicitor. She qualified in 2006 and is currently working in both our Southampton and Portsmouth offices.
Marie has the following areas of specialism: Historic Abuse, Contract Disputes, Professional Negligence against solicitors, architects, project managers, accountants etc, Intellectual Property disputes, Insolvency and Bankruptcy proceedings, Debt Collection, Enforcement of Judgments, Partnership Disputes Shareholder’s disputes and Defamation. Marie acts for both company and individual clients.
Marie was previously involved in a successful and reported case of Professional Negligence against a magic circle firm and has successfully settled numerous cases for termination charges on telecommunications contracts.
Lisa is a member of Verisona Law’s Historic Abuse Team and undertakes documentary analysis, work relating to case evidence and the development of legal arguments to secure successful settlements. She is fluent in German and Persian.
Lisa has represented clients in the IICSA trial and has been successful in making claims against the Lambeth Council Redress Scheme.
David has almost 20 years’ experience working in Personal Injury law. After working in the insurance sector for many years, firstly in general insurance, then moving to dealing with Personal Injury claims for the insurers, he decided to join the legal profession to uphold and pursue the rights of people who have been injured through no fault of their own.
David now pursues claims on behalf of abuse survivors against both individuals and organisations such as Lambeth council.
As Litigation Assistant in the Historic Abuse department, Charlotte runs her own case load alongside Lisa Gafarov. She prepares and drafts documents, applications and attends to new and daily enquires. Charlotte works on civil files, Lambeth redress scheme cases, Beecholme, Clinical Negligence and trip accidents relating to occupiers liability.