Francis Hanna & Co Successful in Significant Historical Abuse claim against the Trust

Jennifer Young

10 September 2020

At Francis Hanna & Co, we have specialist solicitors dedicated to helping victims of child abuse pursue claims for compensation where the abuse has taken place in schools, care homes, the church or similar institutions. We have recently been successful in achieving a substantial settlement for a client who was a resident in the Kincora Boys home in the 1970s and who was subjected to significant physical, sexual and mental abuse during his time there.

The settlement reached for our client was well in excess of the maximum amount of compensation that can be awarded under the Historical Institutional Abuse (Northern Ireland) Act 2019 and was welcomed by our client, who said ‘I finally have the acknowledgement that what happened to me was wrong.'  He went on to say that whilst there have been ‘no winners here’  he was ‘now looking forward to living the rest of his life without the spectre of Kincora hanging over him.'  He said, ‘in  bringing this case to the public attention, if we can save even one person from the life time trauma of child sexual abuse then it will all be worth it.’

Jennifer Young commented “We are delighted with the outcome of this case for our client. Whilst no amount of money can ever compensate a person for the loss of their childhood and the resulting lifelong trauma and suffering, it can make a tremendous difference to their lives going forward. We sincerely hope that our client will now be able to look to the future, and we pay tribute to him for his courage in bringing this case.’

At Francis Hanna & Company, we are always on hand to compassionately and confidentially advise about the possibility and merits of making a claim in respect of any historical abuse matter and will never rush you or put you under any pressure to pursue a claim. If you or someone you know has been the victim of historical child abuse, please contact us on 028 9024 3901 or email us to