Historic Abuse/Human Rights

Cooper Legal is recognised as having particular expertise in historic abuse claims. At present, we are acting for about 650 clients who are bringing historic abuse claims.

Historical abuse claims are brought on behalf of individuals who have been sexually, physically and/or psychologically abused and/or neglected, particularly as minors and/or as psychiatric hospital patients. The abuse occurred while claimants were in the care of individuals, independent organisations such as churches and/or the State (including Social Welfare and/or psychiatric hospital care).

For those who were abused in care after 20 September 1990, Cooper Legal will also take action under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act.

We maintain regular contact with other lawyers who undertake similar work and will refer clients on to those lawyers if, for any reason, we are unable to assist.