Group Civil claim for those harmed within the Jesus Fellowship/Jesus Army under the age of 21.
Members of the JFSA have been attempting to work with the Trustees of the JFCT over the past 2 years, trying to obtain just redress for the harm done to children whilst in the Jesus Fellowship Community Trust. This process is ongoing, but following a significant change in the priorities of the Trustees, which went against the results of a survey of our members in 2017, we have stepped up the process of bringing a large group action against the JFCT.
This Group action will be for Sexual, Physical and Psychological harm done. Each claim will be treated individually but it will be put forward as a Group Claim, strengthening and supporting each other.
There will be an initial 5 letters of claim sent to to Berrymans Lace Mawer, the JFCT’s solicitors. These will be a spread of cases, covering different types of abuse and different decades.
Alongside these Letters of Claim there will be a figure given of the amount of similar Claimants considering making civil claims. The aim is to ensure that the Trust sets aside money to settle these claims.
On seeing the level of expected claims, the JFCT trustees with advice from their solicitors and insurers may decide to settle all the claims and try and draw a line under them. They may also increase the level of funds available for the Redress Scheme in order to avoid fighting all the claims and thus incurring large legal costs.
Alternatively, they may decide to take all the claims to court .According to their own internal documentation from 2017, this could potentially cost £250K per claim, effectively bankrupting the Trust.
From our research and taking into consideration the claims already made, we estimate that there are likely to be up to 400 potential new Claimants.
If you feel that you would like to be part of this Group Action (there is no obligation to do so) or you know of anybody who might like to be part, then please either contact Erin Woodger as the JFSA legal lead, or any of the JFSA leads independently. We do not need any details of your harm done, other than the decade it occurred and whether it was Sexual, Physical, Psychological or any combination of the three.
If you would prefer to give the nature of the harm done directly to our solicitors, then contact us and we will let you have their details.
If you would like to be one of Claimants who send out the 5 initial Letters of Claim then let us know. This will involve spending half a day to a day, with our solicitor who will take your story, and then compile your Letter of Claim.
There can be no guarantees, but our team of solicitors will be able to advise you throughout the process.