Housing Law WeekBerkeley Lifford Hall Accountancy ServicesAlphabiolabs

New group litigation over Manchester child abuse claims

Application to High Court for 150 individuals under group litigation order

A new group action by alleged child abuse sufferers against Manchester City Council has been initiated by the firm Abney Garsden McDonald. The claim is on behalf of over 150 individuals who claim to have suffered abuse at children's homes run by the council in the 70's and 80's.

The litigation follows a previous action which resulted in compensation awarded in 2007. However this new action has been has been prompted as though, according to Peter Garsden partner at the firm,

"The Council legal department assured us that they would settle all claims, and that it was not necessary for the Claimants to join the first group, which closed in 2007. Regrettably, despite a change in the law in January 2008, which was meant to benefit Claimants, the Council, through their insurers, have decided to reverse their policy, and force the Claimants to go to court."

More on this story can be found on the firm's website.


Want to Comment on this Story?

Log on now using the boxes top right then add your point of view