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If you or a loved one have been affected by abuse while attending a football club, Ramsdens Solicitors is here to help you. Starting a football abuse compensation claim with our experienced abuse solicitors is simple and easy, and will help you to seek justice for your experiences.

We understand the devastating impact that suffering abuse in a football club can have on your life, and our award-winning solicitors will work tirelessly to give you the support you need to get your life back on track. We have a sensitive and understanding approach to all the cases we handle, and we are committed to helping you to claim the compensation you deserve.

Contact our football abuse compensation 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 you to claim football abuse compensation

The specialist solicitors at Ramsdens are completely dedicated to providing you with the legal guidance you need to claim compensation after suffering abuse at a football club. We believe that perpetrators of abuse must be brought to justice, and we are ready to fight your corner.

We understand that financial compensation will never undo the suffering caused by abuse, but it can help a survivor to rebuild their life in the best way possible. We will work tirelessly to secure an acknowledgement and admission from the organisation relating to the events that occurred.

Ramsdens Solicitors strives to achieve the best result possible for every individual case we handle - we only have your best interests in mind.

What’s more, in our many years of helping survivors of abuse get the justice they deserve, we have seen first hand how distressing the legal process can be for victims. That’s why we ensure we treat every case with the utmost sensitivity and care.

We take all potential claims seriously and will pursue each and everyone one of them with our partners, frequently winning cases that others have turned away. We will use our knowledge and expertise to ensure a fair settlement, giving you and your family the best chance of moving on with your lives.

The Football Abuse Scandal

Brave young footballers exposed the football abuse scandal, which has featured heavily in the press and public eye in recent years.

The allegations have predominantly centred around former football coach Barry Bennell, who worked at the following clubs:

  • Crewe Alexandra Football Club
  • Manchester City Football Club
  • Stoke City Football Club

Bennell was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sexual offences against 11 boys aged between eight and 15 years old. Many more than this number have also come forward to say they were subjected to abuse by Bennell.

Michael “Kit” Carson, a well-known football coach who worked at Peterborough, Cambridge and Norwich, was charged with sexual offences carried out against boys between 1978 and 2009. However, he was killed in a car crash on the first day of his sex abuse trial.

By July 2018, 300 suspects were reported to have been identified by 849 survivors, with 2,087 incidents involving 340 different clubs. As a result, 14 individuals have been charged with historical sexual abuse, of which, 13 have been tried.

If you were affected by abuse on the part of Bennell or Carson, or any of the other individuals involved in this scandal, our solicitors can help you to make a football abuse claim. We will handle your case sensitively and with the utmost dedication.

Why choose us?

We are accredited by The Law Society for our services, which means we are recognised for the exceptional standard of our legal guidance. 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.

Our abuse law team is headed by award-winning solicitor Natalie Marrison, a panel member for the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers, accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and a member of the Law Society Personal Injury panel. Natalie is also a Trustee of the charity Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and is involved in continuing work and projects to prevent child sexual exploitation.

By choosing Ramsdens for your football abuse claim, you can guarantee:

  • 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.

FAQs

How do I make a football abuse compensation claim?

You can bring a football abuse claim against a football club due to abuse suffered at the hands of one of its employees who were in a position of care and authority, on the basis that it would be 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.

In addition, survivors can claim football abuse compensation against an individual abuser, for example a coach. At Ramsdens, our football abuse solicitors will be able to advise you on the best course of action, taking the exact circumstances of your case into account to ensure all venues are investigated and maximise the chances of success.

Can I report football abuse that happened several years ago?

The law places a clear duty of care upon football clubs to provide a safe environment for young players. In cases where young players have been subjected to abuse by managers or coaches, the club can be held legally responsible and be liable to pay compensation. Those members of staff who are found guilty of abuse can face severe criminal charges.

Although some people may believe there is no point in bringing a historic case of sexual abuse to the fore, justice can still be served and compensation can be paid. Even in cases where the perpetrator has since died, an investigation by the police can still be carried out.

A survey carried out by the NSPCC revealed that boys are far less likely than girls to speak out about being a victim of child sexual abuse. However, failure to seek justice can lead to considerable distress and many mental health problems further down the line.

Why is football abuse attracting so much attention?

Allegations of football abuse have resulted in an unprecedented demand for advice from the NSPCC. The organisation’s dedicated football abuse helpline reported 50 calls within its first two hours of opening, and 860 calls in its first week.

Reports of historic sexual abuse gained publicity when former Sheffield United player Andy Woodward told the Guardian about the abuse he was subjected to by Barry Bennell when he was a youth academy player at Crewe Alexandra. Shortly after, former Crewe player Steve Walters and former Liverpool player Paul Stewart bravely shared their experiences.

Is there a time limit for claiming football abuse compensation?

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 have and continue to successfully argue this in order to pursue claims decades after the time limit has elapsed.

How much will my claim cost?

Our football 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).

Contact us

Our abuse law team is dedicated to helping survivors to claim compensation. If you think you may have a football abuse 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 contact form and we will be in touch.