Our specialist team are highly experienced in representing individuals who have been a victim of crime, ranging from domestic violence and sexual abuse, to armed robberies and knife attacks.
"Our solicitor was a consummate professional, understanding the needs and expectations of clients but also able to impart difficult news in a sympathetic way. He was very efficient in the running of the case, always ensuring that we were kept informed of all developments and also giving realistic advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending Simon and HJA" Ms C
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Our teams have been successfully pursuing claims for 38 years. We’re the London law firm that gets results. We understand that many victims may find it difficult to speak about what they have been through. You are guaranteed complete confidentiality and sensitive and experienced legal advice when you turn to us for help.
Here at Hodge Jones & Allen we have a specialist team who can provide you with step by step assistance with your CICA application.
A Government scheme, managed by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), compensates the victims of violent crime. If you or someone you care about has suffered an injury as a result of a crime of violence, they may be entitled to compensation under this scheme.
The CICA can award anything from £1,000 to £500,000 to victims (even if the offender is not identified, caught or convicted). Compensation can be claimed under the Scheme for:
There are a number of grounds (some of which are challengeable) on which the CICA can refuse to make an award, or make a reduced award. These include where:
In most cases, applications to the CICA must be made within two years of the incident in question. Historical sexual abuse cases will often be an exception to this rule. Since the process can be a lengthy one, even with skilled representation, applications should be made at the earliest opportunity.