How we can help

Our specialist Survivors Team is here to help you take justice through the civil legal system in Scotland if you have suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse. Our lawyers understand that making the decision to come forward and proceed with a civil claim can be difficult and traumatic but you can rest assured that as Scotland’s leading historic abuse lawyers we will be with you throughout your claim.

The Survivors Team at Thompsons undertakes specialist trauma training which allows us to help many survivors in their strive for acknowledgement of their suffering by pursuing the compensation they rightly deserve. We assist survivors with their recovery in achieving justice which allows them to focus on their future. 

Our lawyers will deal with your case from start to finish.  We will discuss your case with you at the outset, provide you with advice and recommendations as to how your case will best progress. We will listen to you and only proceed in a way with which you agree.  We will normally try to obtain your social work or care records along with any information which the police may hold at the outset of your case.  We will discuss with you whether it is appropriate to pursue a civil claim for compensation, an application to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), or both.  We will also explain the claim process to you at the outset so you will know what to expect from us. We will require information from you from time to time and you can contact us whenever you feel necessary but you can have as little or as much involvement in your case as you wish.

Experience and support

Dealing with a significant number of cases on a daily basis relating to historic abuse covering a wide range of institutions and defenders has allowed us to build an extensive database of information which could potentially support your case.

If you are supported by a counsellor or other care worker, we will be happy to discuss your case with them, if you provide us with your authority to do so.  We are also happy for you to be accompanied at any meetings.

If you have previously attempted to obtain compensation for historic abuse and your claim was unsuccessful, we can potentially still help you as the law now allows survivors in those situations to pursue their case again. Further information about this can be found in our FAQs section.

Working together with Scotland’s leading abuse charity, Wellbeing Scotland, gives you and your family access to counselling support throughout your claim and in the future. If you feel you or your family would benefit from the support Wellbeing Scotland can offer, our team can arrange this for you.  Counselling can be face to face or over the phone, whichever you feel most comfortable with.

All of our lawyers that will deal with your case are experts in historic abuse claims and are authorised to practice by the Law Society of Scotland.  This should always be checked when you seek advice from any law firm or lawyer to ensure that you are not dealing with someone who is not eligible to practice.

We do not charge you any upfront fees.  If your case is successful, our fees will be capped to 10% of your damages in any civil claim against another party.  We are upfront about this fee and keep it as low as we are able to.  Again, this is something which you should always check at the outset of your case as many firms will deduct up to 30% of your damages at the conclusion of a successful civil claim.  You can rest assured that if your case is not successful, we will not charge you anything. 

Your Privacy

Your privacy is of paramount importance to us.  We have a unique procedure in place when dealing with claims relating to historical abuse to protect your information so far as we possibly can.  If we are pursuing a civil claim against a defender on your behalf, this will initially be done on an anonymous basis and your personal information and details of your specific case will only be disclosed when we have confirmation that an appropriate person, such as an insurer or solicitor, is dealing with your case.  

If court proceedings are required, we will make a request to the court at the outset for your case details to be anonymised, should you wish us to do so.  This will mean that your name will not appear on any court reports and your case cannot be reported on by the media in any way that will identify you.

Talk To Thompsons on 0800 0891331, our team will work together with you and your family ensuring your claim for compensation is dealt with professionally and in the strictest confidence.  

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