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“caring for people through adversity”

We have continued to help achieve some fantastic outcomes for those in need, usually at Appeal. We believe all CICA work should be dealt with only by Specialists. Crime victims need competent, knowledgeable and strong advocates to act on their behalf to get them through the incredible adversarial and often distressingly long process under the CICA Scheme.

Please contact Angela Nunn

Address: Sternberg Reed
  Focal House
  12-18 Station Parade
  IG11 8DN
Telephone: 020 8591 3366
Fax : 020 8594 4606
E-Mail: angela.nunn@sternberg-reed.co.uk
Website: www.sternberg-reed.co.uk

Crime victims are frequently let down by the poor quality of advice they receive or by their solicitor’s failure to recognise the extent of the injury and advocate this on behalf of their client. At Sternberg Reed, one Partner, Angela Nunn, has particular experience of dealing with the majority of CICA cases from inception to the appeals stage, if necessary. There are also a further team of 4 lawyers who can assist. Claims vary according to case from minor injuries to a severe head injury and awards ranging from the minimum of £1,000 to the maximum payable of £500,000 under the new tariff scheme.

Types of Cases Covered:

  • assault
  • robbery
  • child abuse – where claimants although children will continue to be most physically and emotionally damaged throughout their lives
  • child physical abuse and neglect
  • indecent assault and other sexual offences
  • grievous bodily harm
  • murder
  • post traumatic stress disorder

A Sample of Case Histories:

Mr A: was an asylum seeker who was the victim of a racially motivated attack.  He lost an eye in the unprovoked assault.   Due to his status and to his fear of the police he failed to comply with the reporting requirements of the CICA.  Nevertheless, by pursuing rigorously the review and appeal process, this appeal was successful and we were able to obtain £12,500 as an expression of sympathy for his injuries.

Ms B: was a victim of rape at the age of 17.  Her assailant fled the country and could not be prosecuted by the police.  Her original application for compensation (made elsewhere) was rejected.  We pursued the appeal on her behalf and her compelling and moving statements and evidence led to an award of £13,000 and, more importantly, recognition for her that she was a victim, which recognition had been denied to her by the failure of the criminal process.

Ms C: was a canteen assistant in Canary Wharf when a bomb explosion occurred before she had been evacuated from the building.  She suffered post traumatic stress disorder and was originally awarded a paltry sum when her CICA application was pursued.  A successful appeal by ourselves led to an award of £64,000 being made to reflect the fact that she had been unable to return to work following the injury despite having an excellent previous working history.

Mr D: was assaulted in a pub and suffered severe injuries to his arm that rendered that arm to a largely useless state and left him with significant psychological problems.  He was refused compensation from the CICB on the basis that he had been equally to blame for the incident.  His appeal was successful and he received over £160,000 in compensation that reflected the severity of his injury, his need for care and support and his past and future loss of wages.  His comment was that the award changed his life although he still had a long way to go to get over the incident.

Mrs E: was a woman in her fifties who had been the victim of persistent sexual abuse from a relative many years previously.  Her application for compensation that had been put forward by Victim Support had been rejected, and on review through our efforts she was awarded the maximum award of £17,500.

Master F: and Miss G: were children who were sexually abused by a family friend.  They were awarded £4,000 apiece for their injuries.

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