Expert sexual abuse lawyers from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have teamed up with RSVP to provide free legal advice for survivors we have supported in the past and those currently using our services too. The clinic has now been running for a year and during this time legal support and advice has been provided to a number of survivors.
The aim of the clinics is to offer free legal advice to survivors across a broad range of legal topics, including family law matters, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority claims and civil claims. Civil claims could be made against an individual who has committed abuse, an organisation responsible for that person (usually an employer) or an organisation that should have taken steps to prevent abuse, but failed – such as social services.
Rosanne Thorne (pictured) provides free advice alongside emotional and practical support from Yvonne Langham, Head of ISVA Services and our advocacy team. She takes the reigns from Raman who used to support survivors at the legal clinic.
Rosanne says ‘I looking forward to working alongside RSVP and assisting survivors with any legal issues they may have. I appreciate it can be very difficult for survivors to make contact with lawyers and so I do hope that the legal clinic will feel like a safe environment for survivors to seek the legal advice they need’.
The legal clinic takes place on the last Friday of every month and it proves to be extremely useful to those who require legal advice, but may not be able to afford it or know where to access this information.
If for any reason you are unable to attend the legal clinic please let Yvonne know on 0121 643 0301 option 2 or firstname.lastname@example.org and Rose will look into accommodating your enquiry at a more convenient time for you.
The legal clinics are generally on the last Friday of every month between 11:00am and 1:00pm. The next clinics will be:
Friday 26th January 2018
Friday 23rd February 2018
Friday 23rd March 2018 (since we are closed on 30th March as it’s Good Friday bank holiday)
Friday 27th April 2018
Friday 25th May 2018
Friday 29th June 2018
Friday 27th July 2018
Friday 31st August 2018
Friday 28th September 2018
Friday 26th October 2018
Friday 30th November 2018
Date of our December 2018 clinic, to be confirmed
If you wish to discuss any legal concerns, please come along and speak in confidence to the specialist abuse team. They are happy to advise and provide information on a range of topics including, but not limited to:
- civil claims
- benefits advice
- CICA (Criminal Injuries) claims
You can also contact Irwin Mitchell Solicitors on 08000 23 22 33 or find them online at irwinmitchell.com