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Church Abuse Claims

If you or a loved one has suffered abuse in a place of worship, Ramsdens Solicitors are here to help you. Starting a church abuse claim with our experienced abuse solicitors is simple and easy, and we will work tirelessly to make the legal process as stress-free as possible for you.

We understand the distress and devastation you have experienced as a result of church child abuse, and our award-winning solicitors are here to help you get your life back on track. We are renowned for our sensitive and understanding service, and we are truly committed to helping our clients to rebuild their lives.

Contact our church abuse claims solicitors today by calling 01484 821 500 for a no-obligation chat, or complete our contact form, and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you. We handle cases on a no-win, no fee basis.

How we can help with your church abuse claim

The specialist abuse lawyers at Ramsdens will provide clear and easy-to-understand legal advice regarding any claim against the church or another religious organisation. We believe that perpetrators of abuse must be brought to justice, and we are ready to fight your corner.

Our award-winning team of solicitors will fight for an acknowledgment and admission from the organisation relating to the events that occurred. We know that financial compensation will never undo what has been done, but it can help a survivor to rebuild their lives in the best way possible.

Coming forward as a survivor of abuse at the hands of a religious organisation can be extremely difficult, but can bring the establishment to account and allow justice to take its course. Our team of abuse law solicitors is headed by Natalie Marrison, a Legal 500-accredited solicitor who is also a panel member for the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

We take all potential claims seriously and will pursue each and every one of them with our partners, frequently winning cases that others have turned away. We are dedicated to using our wealth of knowledge on case law surrounding this area to ensure a fair settlement, giving you and your family the best chance of moving on with your lives.

Why choose us?

We are accredited by The Law Society for our personal injury services, which means we are recognised for the exceptional standard of our legal assistance. We also feature in the Legal 500 as a recommended firm, which means we can be trusted to handle your case with the utmost professionalism.

We also provide:

  • A free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your case
  • No win, no fee representation
  • Early home visits
  • A friendly, confidential service
  • Rehabilitation assistance
  • Quick responses to all communication

Find out more about our awards and accreditations here.


How do I make a church abuse claim?

A claim can be brought against the religious organisation due to abuse suffered at the hands of one of its members who were in a position of care and authority, on the basis that it was responsible for their acts. In addition, the organisation may have been aware of the abuse but failed to act on information or complaints made to them. Examples of organisations that can be pursued include:

  • Catholic Church
  • Church of England
  • Protestant Churches
  • Evangelist Churches
  • Jewish organisations

A claim can also be brought against the individual abuser, for example, a priest or vicar. At Ramsdens, the team will be able to advise you on the best course of action, taking the exact circumstances of your case into account to ensure all avenues are investigated and maximise the chances of success.

Do I need to report church abuse to the police?

The first issue to address is a report to the police, who have specially trained child protection officers and will be able to obtain details of the abuse to investigate in confidence. Here at Ramsdens, we are able to provide advice and full support through this process.

Is there a time limit for making a church abuse claim?

A case is within time if it is brought before the survivor’s 21st birthday. This does not mean that a claim cannot succeed even if it is commenced after this deadline, as the courts recognise that often it is very difficult for a survivor to come forward.

The child abuse team at Ramsdens has and continues to successfully argue this in order to pursue claims decades after the time limit has elapsed.

How much will my claim cost?

Our church abuse claims are handled on a no-win, no-fee basis, which means you can access our legal services without any financial risks to you. We can advise you whether to make a claim through the government-funded Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA).


Our abuse law team is dedicated to helping survivors of abuse seeking compensation. If you think you may have a claim and wish to speak to us in confidence, please contact our team of experienced solicitors today on 01484 821 500, or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch.