royal courts banner

Historic Sexual Offences

Both widespread media coverage and investigative operations such as Operation Hydrant, which investigated institutional abuse of vulnerable people and children has caused a sharp increase in prosecutions for sexual offences, sexual abuse and historic sexual offences case in recent years.

Allegations of any form of sexual offence or sexual abuse can be devastating on your reputation, your livelihood and your family.  At Janes Solicitors we have extensive experience of sexual offences and sexual abuse cases and we understand the trauma and sensitivity you will need as our client.  We are there to advise and support you every step of the way.

Allegations of historic sexual abuse are usually covered by the law in force at the time of the offence. This can have an impact on the length of sentence, and on how different offences are interpreted. For example, no statutory definition of consent existed until the Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force.

There are also the historic offences of ‘buggery’ and ‘gross indecency’ which do not apply under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, but exist in the 1956 Act, which means you can still be charged with these offences in cases of historic sex abuse that took place before 2004.

One of the main problems in dealing with historic sexual offence cases is the reliability of evidence. At Janes Solicitors, we scrutinise evidence carefully and meticulously to ensure you receive the best possible defence.   We pride ourselves on our ability to dissect every detail of a case to produce a robust defence strategy and ensure the best outcome possible for our clients.

Our Expertise & Experience

At Janes Solicitors, our expert criminal defence team take a proactive approach with each of our clients, offering maximum support and a commitment and working to achieving the best possible outcome for you, ensuring your interests are paramount.

Our lawyers offer a personal case tailored service to suit the specific needs of our clients.  Our skilled and focused approach, as well as our technical expertise on these demanding cases have helped to mark us out as leaders in our field.  Janes Solicitors will guide and advise you every step of the way.

Operation Hydrant

Operation Hydrant was established in June 2014 to oversee and coordinate investigations of historic child abuse investigations. The investigation was set up to deal with the growing number of allegations involving people in the public eye and those within an institutional setting, providing support and guidance to individual investigations around the UK. Janes Solicitors have the expertise and experience to advise and support you if you are facing any allegation of historic child abuse.

Expert Sexual Offence Defence Lawyers London

Janes Solicitors is a high-quality niche practice providing specialist advice on all areas of serious crime, including murder, drug offences, robbery, sexual offences, fraud and terrorism. With extensive experience in criminal defence we have a well-earned reputation as leaders in our field with proven success.  We take a proactive and pragmatic approach to legal advice and build a solid case-tailored defence team of leading professional to suit the needs of each of our clients. We are highly committed to our clients and take pride in our fearless commitment in each and every case.

If you need advice, are under suspicion or investigation or if you are being prosecuted for a serious criminal offence, telephone our offices today on 020 7930 5100.  Alternatively you can contact us via our online contact form, and one of our team will be in touch as soon as possible.

We are there when you need us. We understand sometimes you may need urgent advice outside normal office hours. Available seven days a week, you can call us on our out-of-hours service number on 07789 622 430.

For expert legal advice and representation, call Janes Solicitors today 020 7930 5100 or complete our online enquiry form and one of our lawyers will be in touch as soon as possible.

We are there when you need us. Available seven days a week, you can call us on our out-of-hours service number on 07789 622 430.