Sexual & Physical Abuse Claims
Our specialist abuse lawyers help many people who have suffered sexual and physical abuse. We know that compensation will not undo the experience you have suffered. It can, however, help you take the first steps to start moving on with your life, and gain the justice you deserve.
Stuart Kightley Partner
“Osbornes Law have captured the magic of keeping the customer service levels of a smaller firm whilst having all the expertise and power of the biggest firms.”
“Well-regarded personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims, including fatalities and severe spinal injuries. Specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims.”
How Osbornes Law can help you
Osbornes Lawyers have successfully handled cases against individuals, hospitals, voluntary and other organisations.
We know how difficult it is to speak about abuse suffered, at the hands of another. Our teams here will make time to listen and give you the legal expertise, support and guidance to help you consider next steps and discuss your eligibility to make a claim.
We understand how traumatic it will be for you to discuss what has happened to you. Stephanie and her team will always treat you with great care and understanding whilst being respectful of your personal circumstances. They are trained to understand the difficulties you have faced and may be facing now, as you once again consider your situation.
The abuse you suffered may have occurred a number of years ago – you may still be able to claim. Our specialist child abuse law team have successfully helped people to claim for abuse that happened many years, even decades ago.
Our specialist expertise
Partner, Stephanie Prior leads our team dealing with abuse claims and medical negligence claims. Stephanie is a specialist child abuse lawyer skilled at gaining results and compensation for her clients. She is a member of ACAL (The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers).
A recent client we have helped
Our client (MXM) received £100,000 in relation to a historical child abuse claim arising from sexual abuse he suffered, from a family member, over a prolonged period of 8 years. The abuse had a severe impact on our client’s life and he suffered severe mental health problems as a result.
He was around ten years old, when here called sitting in a car and being told “don’t tell your mum or dad, or I will go to prison”. MXM was regularly exposed to pornography and groomed by the family member and his friends, allowing them to drive tractors, combine harvesters and his car around the farm where he lived (they were underage) and to go hunting, trapping, to use air rifles, catapults and shotguns under his supervision. In return, he was asked to give sexual favours. The abuse ended when our client reached the age of 13 years of age.
MXM eventually reported the abuse to the police in, who investigated and brought charges.
His abuser pleaded guilty in 2015 to three counts of indecent assault on a boy aged under 16, contrary to section 15 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956. He also pleaded guilty to the same offence committed against another complainant. He was sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life. He was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order banning him from unsupervised contact with children under 16.
As a consequence of the abuse, MXM suffered from significant mental health problems throughout his life. As a teenager he self-harmed and in later life he has suffered from several breakdowns.
Specialist solicitor, Stephanie Prior represented the child and gained evidence from medical experts, including psychiatrists and issued proceedings in 2017. The defendant denied all alleged assaults. The case was taken to mediation and a settlement figure of £100,000 was agreed. Compensation was paid. As a result of the abuse our client continues to suffer on-going mental health issues.
"A small but high-powered team, dealing with cases of significant value and complexity."
"An excellent firm which achieves fantastic outcomes for clients."
"Osbornes Law have captured the magic of keeping the customer service levels of a smaller firm whilst having all the expertise and power of the biggest firms."
"A superb boutique catastrophic injury firm."
"Really good at dealing with people who have suffered a serious injury."
"Affable and charming with very good client-handling skills."
"superb firm with consummate professionals and a human touch."
Osbornes now has a team of highly experienced personal injury lawyers; particularly strong on high-value quantum cases, workplace accidents and claims involving foreign workers injured in the UK.
The team provides fantastic strength-in-depth for personal injury claims. It is also particularly well placed to service clients from Eastern Europe with specialist native language speakers. From the smallest case to a multimillion-pound spinal injury case, Osbornes has the right staff to manage every claim.
Ben Posford remains pre-eminent in his field with expert understanding of litigating cases of the upmost severity. His experience builds on Stuart Kightley’s running of the firm with recent partner additions of Rob Aylott making a fantastic addition.
A firm going from strength-to strength-which retains its client care whilst being able to offer a full personal injury service.
Beneath Ben Posford’s calm and reassuring presence, which clients love, lies a formidable tactical and legal brain. His experience tells and he gets it right at every stage of the process from arranging the best possible rehabilitation, to ensuring, so far as possible, a polite relationship with those acting for the defendant in order to ensure best and early resolution of the claim.
"Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team."
"They have an expanding profile in personal injury and clinical negligence and offer a superb, broad service in accidents abroad, enabled by their recruitment of bilingual legal executives who can guide non-English speakers through complex litigation."
"Solid personal injury practice well equipped to advise on high-value and high-profile claims arising from fatalities and severe head and spinal injuries."
"Offers specialist expertise in cycling-related injury claims."
"Offers specialist expertise in cauda equina syndrome cases."
"An exceptional outfit. They take on difficult cases, fight hard and win."
"Stuart Kightley is an incredibly empathetic solicitor who is very knowledgeable about traumatic brain injury."
"They are an outstanding firm to work with. They are consistently impressive in their work."
"Osbornes has a growing influence and impressive work load and is gaining a reputation for handling complex catastrophic work."
"Osbornes often handles claims valued at over £1m, particularly relating to severe brain and spinal cord injuries and niche areas such as cauda equina syndrome and cycling accidents."
"The hard-working, thorough and committed Robert Aylott, who brings significant heavyweight personal injury experience."
"Key team members include the energetic and personable Stuart Kightley who is head of the personal injury department."
"Catastrophic injury cases head Ben Posford is an excellent practical litigator who offers exceptional service."
Thank you for the hard work and patience and for being so patient with my constant questions.
"I have found Osbornes to be thorough, clear and understanding from the initial call. They do exactly what they say they will and with passion! I would recommend them to anyone".
Very good efficient service. Would not hesitate to use again.
I will use Osbornes for any future needs.
I don't think I could have asked for anything more. One of the best dealings I've had with the legal profession.
Sam was excellent and very professional in dealing with our claim.
Head of the personal injury department, Stuart Kightley is a first-rate practitioner, wholly focused on getting his client the best outcome in a pragmatic, sensible and consensual manner.
As a real specialist in spinal cord injuries, Ben Posford is always looking at new angles on how to maximise his cases.
Ben Posford is one of the best catastrophic injury lawyers around.
They provide exceptional service, great knowledge and understanding of the law, excellent client care and tactical nous
Stuart Kightley is praised for his expertise in catastrophic and fatal claims. Clients say he is very impressive, in terms of both his experience and his management of the personal injury team.
My claim was dealt with efficiently and professionally. Communication was excellent, and timely. Shrewd and sound advice was provided at every stage of the claim from beginning through to completion. On the basis of my personal experience I would strongly recommend Osbornes.
I just wish to thank you for your hard work and successful outcome. I am pleased with the result and would recommend you and your firm to anyone in the future.
Ben Posford … is ‘tactically astute’ and ‘one of the best personal injury solicitors around’.
Ben Posford ‘knows how to maximise the value of the claim for his clients’.
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