Personal Injury

Historic Abuse Claims

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Historic abuse claims - damages or calamities in 2023?

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Speaker: Jennifer Thomson


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3hrs CPD

As the damages awards in recent decisions from the Scottish Courts have reached record high levels, this has impacted on the work of personal injury lawyers. How these claims are investigated, presented and proceed through the litigation process is constantly evolving due to recent legislation and Court decisions.

Jennifer will discuss Historic Abuse Claims claims from both sides of the pursuer/defender divide, and consider what these decisions and developments mean for practitioners handling these claims and whether they provide clarity or calamity in this area of work.

She will also cover the introduction of The Scottish Redress scheme, and the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry which is continuing to run in 2023.

This 3 hour seminar will focus in depth on:

  • The law governing historic abuse claims.
  • Recent decisions from the Scottish Courts: do they offer clarity or calamity for practitioners in this area?
  • Practical guidance about investigating abuse claims: for pursuers and defenders.
  • The Redress Scheme
  • The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry
  • The future?
  • The event begins at 2pm. Delegate registration is open from 1:30pm.

    Jennifer is an experienced dispute resolution legal director. She is an accredited specialist in personal injury with the Law Society of Scotland.

    At Morton Fraser Jennifer specialises in high value cases, including those that are potentially sensitive, and cases requiring strategic input in view of her experience of catastrophic and complex claims.

    With over 15 years of experience in dispute resolution, Jennifer has extensive experience of reparation claims. She has a diverse case load covering the breadth of personal injury claims including asbestos-related and silicosis claims. She has particular experience of acting on behalf of public sector clients in mesothelioma claims.

    Jennifer also acts on behalf of public sector clients in relation to catastrophic injury claims following road traffic and industrial accidents.

    Jennifer has a particular interest and specialism in acting on behalf of public sector clients in historic sexual abuse claims, bullying and harassment claims, and other claims for psychiatric injury.

    Jennifer is experienced in advocacy and regularly represents clients in courtrooms across Scotland. She holds a Masters Degree in Advocacy from the University of Strathclyde (2015).

    Jennifer is also a member of the Law Society of Scotland and a Notary Public.