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3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
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Monday, 25 July 2016

Lawyers for Jimmy Savile's Victims Win Big Settlement for Themselves

Lawyers 'get £2.5mn of Jimmy Savile's estate leaving just £1mn for the paedophile DJ's victims' 
By EKIN KARASIN FOR MAILONLINE

Law firm Osborne Clarke claimed costs of £1.8million for its work for NatWest bank (pictured) and the running of the compensation scheme, while lawyers working for the claimants will be paid £689,000, according to court documents
Law firm Osborne Clarke claimed costs of £1.8million for its work for NatWest bank and the running of the compensation scheme, while lawyers for the claimants will be paid £689,000, according to court papers.

A payout of just over one million has been agreed for the 78 cases of abuse made solely against the estate, meaning each victim gets an average of £13,000.

And each lawyer will get, what, 10 or 20 times that? Lawyers should be limited in what percentage of a settlement they can take. The victims must feel like they've been raped again.

Child abuse survivors' representatives and a Labour MP criticised the legal fees, calling for judges to speak out against lawyer's charges.

NatWest bank applied to be allowed to make the payments to the claimants and their lawyers under the compensation scheme at the High Court in London on Thursday. They then applied to be relieved of their role of executor.  

Mark Cunningham, QC, appearing for NatWest, told Mr Justice Warren that the estate was currently worth £2,042,000 - with £1,033,000 to be paid to claimants and £689,000 to their representatives. - That's after Osborne Clarke are done with it!

Due to other costs, the amount left would be around £141,000 - which will be divided among defendants such as the BBC, the NHS and Barnardo's, which had already paid out damages. 

It emerged after the Jimmy Savile's death that the paedophile broadcaster had assaulted hundreds of children.

Savile had an estate reported to be worth around £4million when he died in 2001 aged 84 without ever facing prosecution.

Savile sexually assaulted victims as young as five at NHS hospitals during decades of unrestricted access, reports say.

He abused 63 people, who were aged between eight to 40, connected to Stoke Mandeville Hospital from 1968 to 1992, according to the Stoke Mandeville report.

Claimants and their solicitors can expect their payments next week after a written judgement, though Justice Warren has said he will grant the application.

Peter Saunders, founder of the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, told the Sunday Times: 'Arguably the only people who really win in these situations are the lawyers - they take the lion's share of the money in estates such as Savile's.'

John Mann, the Labour MP who has campaigned against child sex abuse, called the sum an 'absurdly large amount'.

Liz Dux, specialist abuse lawyer at Slater and Gordon who represented 168 of Savile's victims, said: 'What has been most important in all of this was that those Savile victims whose claims have been accepted, will receive their compensation in full. There will be no deductions. 

Except for the deductions of your charges and Osborne Clarke's made up front.

'All parties including the Savile Estate wanted this matter concluded as quickly and cheaply as possible but the actions of the Savile Trust, who were the beneficiaries under his will, have been to constantly try to block the victims receiving a penny in compensation.'

'Sadly, it has been the actions of the beneficiaries of the Estate which has led to the escalation of costs due their continued opposition of the settlement scheme.'

'Fortunately, the Courts have defeated their efforts. Justice has prevailed and those who Savile abused can now hopefully achieve closure.'

A payout of just over one million has been agreed for the 78 cases of abuse made solely against Saville's estate, meaning each victim gets an average of £13,000Savile had an estate reported to be worth aroudn £4million when he died in 2001 aged 84 without ever facing prosecution
A payout of just over one million has been agreed for the 78 cases of abuse made solely against Saville's estate, meaning each victim gets an average of £13,000

A spokesman for the Trust said: 'It is simply not accurate to claim that the Trustees of the Jimmy Savile Trust have tried to block payments to victims of sexual abuse. 

'Rather, we objected to a scheme which, when presented to both the High Court and Court of Appeal, required amendment.

'The Court of Appeal confirmed that it was necessary to hear from all parties, including the Trust. One of the reasons we took issue with the scheme was the size of the payments to the lawyers, which in our view were too high. 

'We have felt all along that it cannot be right for the lawyers to get more than the claimants.'

Osborne Clarke's costs for Thursday's two-hour High Court hearing were said to be £61,000, however a spokeswoman for the firm said the sum did not represent costs for the hearing.

They claimed the firm's fees 'comprised less than half the figure' and were not just for the two-hour hearing, but for the necessary work taken to make the application.

They added that under the scheme, 166 claimants will be receiving £2,306,636 - a figure covering claims against the estate, NHS, BBC, Barnardo's and mental health charity MIND - not those solely against the estate.

The law firm said: 'The £1.8million figure is inaccurate as taken out of context, and does not represent only Osborne Clarke fees, which are only a proportion of the overall figure.' The overall sum included third-party costs.