We helped a man we’ll refer to as Mr W after he suffered sexual abuse by John Broome during his time at Whitehill Football Club. This club is a ‘feeder team’ for Manchester City which provides experience and training for young players.
As Mr W suffered the abuse at a recognised Manchester City feeder team, he was eligible for an award under the Manchester City Survivors Scheme.
This compensation scheme was introduced by Manchester City Football Club in response to several allegations of child abuse across their club and feeder clubs.
How we Helped
Mr W first approached us in June 2021 and asked us to investigate his claim against Manchester City Football Club. I took on his case under the supervision of Liam Goggin (Partner and Interim Head of Abuse).
Mr W had previously been involved in the Manchester City inquiry into abuse and provided information which was used within the report. Unfortunately, Mr W wasn’t informed by the inquiry that he could make a claim under the Manchester City Survivors scheme. When he approached us, we made sure Mr W was informed on the scheme and his ability to bring forward a claim.
We understand the psychological difficulties, stress and anxiety that can come with talking about abuse in childhood. The thought of then making a claim for compensation on top of this can feel especially overwhelming.
We also understand the trauma that abuse can cause and, where possible, we keep discussion of the acts of abuse to a minimum. In Mr W’s case we were able to use the statement he’d provided to the inquiry, taking away the need to revisit difficult memories in detail. It was important to us that Mr W was supported through every step of the claim.
Our Abuse Team are experienced in dealing with cases of childhood abuse and recognise the impact it can have on victims’ lives. We’re here to guide you through the process from start to finish and will aim to make the process as easy as possible for you.
“My claim through Simpson Millar was managed in an exceptional manner from inception/brief to completion. The staff were first class friendly, yet very professional… it was managed in such a way I did not have any undue concerns or worries.” – Mr W.
Mr W was rewarded £30,000 in compensation in December 2021.
We’re pleased we could help him receive compensation for the abuse he suffered and wish him all the best for the future.
If you want to find out more about making a potential claim to the Manchester City Survivors Scheme, get in touch with our Abuse Team for a free consultation. We won’t take a deduction from any award you receive from Manchester City Survivors Scheme, so you don’t have to worry about paying us legal fees.
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