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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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Support for mandatory reporting

In the last year the headlines have been dominated by the sexual abuse of young children. Such cases have led to a national debate on how we treat those who report sexual abuse and have led to an increase in those speaking out. Historically children have been warned about ‘stranger danger’ but recent figures from the NSPCC show over 90% of child victims are sexually abused by someone they know, such as teachers. More often than not we at Bolt Burdon Kemp are approached by people who were abused by individuals who were well known to them and their family.

Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Kier Starmer, who left his role last week, has become the most senior official to call for the introduction of mandatory reporting of sexual abuse. In last night’s Panorama Starmer stated that the UK should bring itself in to line with other countries such as the US, Canada and Australia where it is a criminal offence for professionals not to report abuse to the authorities.

Whilst the Department of Education continues to resist the proposed change it is clear that something must be done. Guidelines are not being followed as employees and volunteers of institutions continue to turn a blind eye to abuse. Time and again victims of child abuse often learn at the steps of the criminal court that they are not the only victim of an abuser. Time and again they wonder if they may have been saved from the abuse they suffered if someone with suspicions had spoken out. Indeed, the Catholic Church and the Church of England have stated that they would welcome mandatory reporting. It is time that the Government gave proper consideration to the proposals put forward by the former Director of Public Prosecutions which are supported by institutions and ultimately put the child before the establishment.

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