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Jimmy Savile’s victims still have serious obstacles to overcome

Evidence may be mounting against Jimmy Savile but there is ? no guarantee that his victims would be compensated, ? says Malcolm Johnson

29 October 2012

As the allegations against the late Jimmy Savile continue to mount, a question for victims who are able to establish they have been abused will be whether they can recover compensation.

In theory it would be possible to bring a claim against Savile’s estate based on trespass. It happened in the case of Amanda Lawson v Ann Glaves-Smith, executor of the estate of Christopher John Dawes deceased [2006] EWHC 2865 (QB) where a female claimant sued her abuser after his death.

But will there be any money residing in the estate? Savile died around a year ago, and it is ...

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