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Anonymity Lifted: Abusive Foster Carers

Posted on: July 7, 2017

Natasha Armes (NA) v Nottinghamshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2864 (QB) – the right to remove anonymity.

We act for Natasha Armes, a Claimant who brought proceedings against Nottinghamshire County Council for sexual and physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her foster parents. The case presently awaits judgement from the Supreme Court.
At the High Court trial Males J found, to the civil standard of proof, that Natasha Armes did suffer sexual abuse at the hands of Mr Mark Blakely and some physical and emotional abuse at the hands of Mrs Glenys Allison.

The High Court made an anonymity order which prevented Miss Armes from naming her abusers. We, on behalf of Miss Armes, applied to set aside the anonymity order.

The Honorable Mr. Justice Males considered the rights of the former foster parents to private and family life under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 against Miss Armes’ right to freedom of expression under Article 10. The Judge concluded that open justice should prevail and lifted the anonymity order, accepting that since most of the allegations had now been proven anonymity was no longer justified.

The result is a reassuring one for Claimants who bring civil proceedings against an alleged abuser, who seeks anonymity during the proceedings but who then is found to have committed abuse as alleged.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are specialist solicitors acting for victims of childhood abuse and maltreatment.
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