Abuse is an emotive subject that frequently attracts media attention, whether it involves bullying in schools or allegations of abuse involving local authorities, educational institutions, care homes, the workplace, charities or religious organisations. We are a recognised leader in defending clients against allegations of historical and contemporary abuse and managing the reputational damage they can cause.
We believe that close collaboration, transparency and efficient sharing of information are vital in the sensitive area of abuse claims. We insist on regular briefings and can work hand-in-hand with your PR teams, especially when the media are involved.
By fostering dialogue and building pragmatic relationships with claimants and their representatives, we help make a swift resolution more likely. Our experience shows that once third parties understand that a consensual resolution can be achieved, tensions are minimised.
Our team is instructed to defend both group actions and individual claims, some of them very high profile, arising from allegations of sexual, physical and emotional abuse. We handle claims from children, vulnerable or elderly adults, as well as those with mental and physical disabilities and which relate to current issues and to historical claims going back several decades.
Our extensive experience dealing with sensitive cases helps us to work with our clients to anticipate potential media interest and develop a strategy to protect reputation and ensure media contact exposure is controlled and legally accurate.
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