When I owned Abney Garsden McDonald, my former firm, we were the lead solicitors authorised by the Legal Services Commission for a number of Children’s Home Group Actions and were members of the Law Society run Multi-Party Action Solicitors Panel. To read about other homes I have in the past been involved with, click here

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The Homes my former firm Abney Garsden have had an interest in and/or have been lead solicitors for are:-

Home/Group Action Status
Lambeth Council We have acted for a number of victims of abuse at Lambeth Run Children’s Homes. A Redress Scheme opened in January 2018, and closed at the end of December 2019
St. John’s School,  Baxenden, Lancs The former head teacher, Grahame Brennand was sentenced to 19 years for abusing over 20 victims in October 2018.
Greville Janner We have been instructed by a number of victims, who abandoned their claims for Time Delay reasons but pursued CICA claims.
St. Anne’s Junior School, Manchester A number of victims of sexual abuse by the former headmaster, John Mulligan, who is deceased, and was prosecuted in 2007, formed a Group, which is under the jurisdiction of Manchester County Court. His honour Judge Platts made an order on 20th November 2015, to the effect that any person who wishes to make a claim should issue proceedings at Manchester County Court and be added to the existing claim form in the name of the Claimant “OHG”. This Group is now settled.
Kirklevington Grange YOI  We have been instructed by a number of victims.
Derek Slade & St. George’s School, Norfolk We have been instructed by a number of victims.
Irish Survivors The Redress Board is now closed for further claims but proceedings can still be brought through the Irish Courts by Irish  qualified solicitors.
Greystone Heath , Warrington, Cheshire Cut-off date officially 31st May 1999 but new cases are always considered.
Dyson Hall, Liverpool Cut-off date officially 31st May 1999 but new cases are always considered.
St Vincent’s, Formby Cut-off date officially 31st May 1999 but new cases are always considered.
St. Aidan’s, Widnes Cut-off date officially 31st May 1999 but new cases are always considered.
Danesford, Congleton, Cheshire Most cases now settled – Cut off date officially was 31/05/99. New cases are always considered.
Redbank, Newton-le-Willows Warrington, Cheshire Cut off date officially 7th December 2001. Group Litigation Order published 13/06/01. New cases are always considered.
West Kirby Residential Home, Wirral Group Litigation Order published 27/06/01. Cut off date officially 7th November 2001 but late comers are advised to contact us.
St Gabriels, Liverpool All cases in group settled but new cases are always considered.
Manchester Children's Homes This includes any children's home managed or controlled by Manchester City Council. The most common homes were Rosehill, Broomehouse, and Mobberley but there were several others. 2 Group Litigation Orders were made 27th February 2001 and  27th July 2010. Although the group closed on 12th June 2014 new cases can be considered.
St George’s, Southport Proceedings issued and Group closed. Group Litigation Order order made. New cases are always considered.
Lancashire County Council Homes Any new cases are encouraged to contact us. This group includes any person abused at a home managed by Lancashire County Council.
Newton Hall, Frodsham Individual cases issued, no group formed but newcomers are always considered.
Derwent House, Liverpool Group Litigation Order made and all cases settled. Newcomers are always considered.
Nazareth House (Nationwide) Some individual cases. No group formed. New cases are always considered.
Kilrie, Knutsford Settled. Cut off date 28th April 2000. Litigation closed 31st October 2001. New cases, however are always considered.
Wessington Court, Hereford Individual Cases issued. Cut off date 4pm 5th December 2003. Group closed as no insurance cover and company in liquidation without assets. New cases always considered.
St Edmunds, Wirral Group settled but new cases always considered
Chaigley Hall School Group Litigation Order. Group claims have settled. New claims are always considered.
St Joseph’s Nantwich Investigation by Widnes Police concluded. Some individual proceedings issued No formal co-ordination.


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