This Toolkit provides an overview of some practical aspects to consider when determining whether it might be possible to seek compensation in the civil courts of England and Wales for victims of child sexual abuse where the conduct occurred in Cambodia. While the English courts recognise claims in respect of child sexual abuse as a claim in tort (most notably, the tort of trespass to the person), the default position will be that the English courts will consider whether there is a claim based on the local law where the conduct took place, i.e. Cambodia.
Given the fact-specific nature of child sexual abuse cases, the key principles and practical points explored in this Toolkit are not intended to be comprehensive and could never capture all issues relevant to civil compensation claims based on this behaviour. Further, litigation (including the steps required before any claim is initiated) is a complex process that requires expert advice and representation, taking into account the specific facts of a particular case. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice, and the law examined in this Toolkit is current up to the date of publication. Where a claim is being considered, it will be important to seek advice from an English qualified lawyer as soon as possible because there may be time limits which apply.
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