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Survivors of former Priest Michael Studdert.

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Survivors of former Priest Michael Studdert are urged to come forward.

Studdert served as Chaplain at Eagle House School in Sandhurst, Berkshire.  Studdert was convicted in 1988 for possession of indecent images and was jailed for four years in 2006 for possessing indecent images of children.   Studdert died in 2017, leaving an estate worth £4.7m. 

A High Court Judge, Chief Master March, remarked that “Studdert had sexual contact with children under the age of 16 in Poland” and that there is a real prospect Studdert committed further sexual offences against children in England, Wales and Eastern Europe.  The Judge further ordered that potential victims of Studdert’s crimes have the opportunity to seek compensation from his Estate and as a result a Redress Scheme was set up.  The Redress Scheme is due to close to new applications on 28 April 2023.  

David Hawkins, a specialist in Child Abuse Law at Biscoes Solicitors said ”Following victims of Jimmy Savile being compensated from his Estate it seems that the courts are increasingly looking at ways victims of abuse can be compensated from their abusers Estates even where there is no criminal conviction, provided there is enough evidence to suggest there would have been a case to answer had they still been alive.  Applications to this Redress Scheme are open until 28 April 2023, so I would urge anyone who was affected by Studdert’s actions to take urgent steps to register a claim before the deadline.” 

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by this please contact us and we will be able to advise you in complete confidence as to your legal rights in seeking redress.