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Covid-19 update: Business as usual at Bolt Burdon Kemp

Bolt Burdon Kemp continues to remain very much open for business. We are passionate about achieving life-changing results for our clients, providing excellent client care and ensuring you receive the support you need.

We continue to progress our clients’ existing cases and support new clients with their cases.

All of our wonderful people are successfully working from home. We have re-opened our office so that those who need to work in the office are able to do so, in a socially distanced and safe manner. 

Our strategy of working in teams continues to ensure there is always someone for you to talk to. We are using telephone and video-conferencing very effectively. A number of multi-million pound cases have settled since the virus outbreak, using these facilities.

We are determined more than ever that the wheels of justice will keep on turning.

Contact us on 020 7288 4800 or and one of our team will get in touch with you.

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Stop Church Child Abuse!

Today, Friday 27th January, I attended a meeting of lawyers, survivors and interested parties in London to launch the campaign for a public enquiry into the scandal of child abuse which is hitting religious institutions in this country. Esther Rantzen was there, as was Sean O’Neil, the journalist behind the expose in The Times last week. We heard impassioned speeches from Anne Lawrence from MASCAS (Ministry and Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors) and Sue Cox from Survivors Voice Europe. Contributions from the floor came from the likes of The Lantern Project and NAPAC (the National Association of Children Abused in Childhood). Ms Rantzen had great ideas to support our media campaign, using television drama and theatre to bear witness to the scandal. All good stuff and I think we have the makings of a campaign. I personally called for a focus on our aims here, which have to be survivor-led. So for example do we want it to be a criminal offence not to report abuse? We heard that certainly one Catholic bishop in the past has hidden behind the fact that that is not the law in this country, and there was therefore no legal compulsion for him to inform the police about allegations against one of his priests. Appalling! And I certainly think we should look at this. Also maybe a Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to allow survivors to speak their truths and be listened to by those responsible for the perpetrators. And how about a Redress Board, similar to that set up in the Republic of Ireland, to make it easier for people who have been abused to access compensation to pay for much needed therapy and to help them get their lives back on track? Through my role on the executive committee of APIL (The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) I pledged support for the campaign and the ability to utilise the formidable lobbying experience of that organisation, as it is crucial we get MP’s, peers and ultimately ministers behind our proposal.

Please support the cause, and I will keep followers of this blog updated as the weeks and months unfold. This will not be an easy fight, but we need to take action now.

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