IICSA developments – where next?

IICSA is now moving forward rapidly and in so doing answering some of the past criticisms about how long it will take and whether it is cost effective. Its first report regarding child migration was important but in many ways confirmed what was known from earlier reports and addressed something which no longer occurs. The second report, which is to be published on 12 April, addresses matters which are still very much part of everyday life for many people. This report relates to abuse in connection with Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School and Rochdale Borough Council. Whilst with any report there will be parts which are very specific to the organisations, people or locality which the investigation focused upon, the themes and recommendations are likely to be of relevance to a much wider audience. As with the reports of the Royal Commission in Australia they will however only be of value if they are put in to practice and not left to gather dust. Continue reading

Aggravated and exemplary damages

A judge in the Republic of Ireland recently awarded a claimant 200,000 Euros in aggravated damages as part of his claim as a historical abuse victim, made against the perpetrator directly. Domestically we routinely see claimant solicitors attempting to increase their clients’ settlements by claiming awards for aggravated and, less frequently, exemplary damages. Continue reading