Well, of course

Women who say they were sexually abused by paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile will receive compensation but less than they had hoped after a judge ordered that lawyers must be paid first.

The Court of Appeal today sanctioned a compensation scheme set up for victims of the television star.

However, three appeal judges said many legal bills would have to be paid out of Savile’s estate – which is thought to be worth around £3 million.

Who didn’t think that the lawyers were going to get paid first?

And who is willing to bet that there will be anything left at all after the lawyers have had their share?

28 thoughts on “Well, of course”

  1. I find it nothing short of astonishing that you can apply to help yourself to someone else’s money by accusing them of a crime that can never be proven.

  2. To be quite honest, if it comes to lawyers getting paid as opposed to unproven complainants being paid then given that choice I prefer all the lawyers pissed the money away and they get nothing.

    This whole farrago has shown “British justice” to be a sham, where you can steal the estate of a dead man on pure accusation without any proof whatsoever.

    Meanwhile the charities that the estate was meant to go to all get shafted. How is this acceptable in any way, shape or form?

  3. How can you even claim against a charitable trust? It was set up in his name, but it clearly wasn’t his money or even his descendants money – it was money to go to charity.

    Can the trustees just burn through the money now? £3.3m? Buy a some specialist equipment for Stoke Mandeville, empty the pot.

  4. Don’t worry everyone, the taxpayer will come to the rescue.

    What I mean is, Dopey Ed & co will see a couple of whiny editorials on the Guardian, pop on their “this is what a mangina looks like” t-shirts and put a gun to the taxpayers head demanding £5m.

    For Social Justice.

  5. One would almost think that the purpose of Operation Yewtree was to enrich a few hundred lawyers.

    Of course, the real reason probably lies deep in the heart of Westminster.

  6. In other celebrity news, the estate of Rod Hull is being sued by a flightless bird from Australia – who cannot be named for legal reasons – over allegations that the deceased entertainer fisted him for years.

  7. Contrast this with the silence that’s descended on the Rotherham cop- and council-facilitated gang rapes of children.
    I think it’s too late for reform.

  8. On a similar vein, banks have set aside £20 billion plus for PPI, does anyone really think every man, woman and child in the country will get nearly £300 for a mis-selling? What’s the betting a huge chunk of that is going end up in ambulance chasing practices of the type that phone me consistently?

    is there some form of economic “externality” that covers this?

  9. I think most of the PPI money is going to end up in the pockets of telcos, paying for all the phone calls from people ringing me up to ask if I want to make a claim.

  10. So Much for Subtlety

    Rob – “Don’t worry everyone, the taxpayer will come to the rescue. What I mean is, Dopey Ed & co will see a couple of whiny editorials on the Guardian, pop on their “this is what a mangina looks like” t-shirts and put a gun to the taxpayers head demanding £5m. For Social Justice.”

    Come on now, £5 million is chicken feed. We are already on the hook for vastly more. From this week’s f**king unbelievable waste of my money:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2877320/Allegations-murder-torture-against-British-soldiers-Iraqi-detainees-deliberate-lies-rules-war-crimes-inquiry.html

    The lawyers who helped lying Iraqi detainees launch a ‘shameful’ attack on the British Army with false torture allegations were attacked in Parliament today.

    Defence Secretary Michael Fallon welcomed the findings of an official public inquiry, published this morning, dismissing allegations that British troops murdered, mutilated and tortured nine Iraqi detainees.

    But he slammed the British law firms working on behalf of the Iraqi detainees and revealed that an investigation had been launched into their conduct by the legal profession’s standards body.

    Mr Fallon said: ‘This was a shameful attempt to use our legal system to attack and falsely impune our armed forces.’

    He said the two law firms – Public Interest Lawyers and Leigh Day & Co – must ‘bear the brunt of the criticism’ for the eye-watering cost of the ‘unnecessary’ public inquiry.

    The inquiry, which cost taxpayers £31million, completely exonerated the Armed Forces of the all the most serious allegations – ruling they were ‘deliberate and calculated lies’.

    But John Dickinson, of Public Interest Lawyers, which represented some of the Iraqis, today refused to apologise – after being accused of unnecessarily dragging British soldiers through years of ‘anxiety and uncertainty’.

    He said: ‘I fully accept that it has been a great strain for them and it has been a great strain for everybody involved.

    ‘I very much regret the length of time it’s taken and that it has been hanging over the heads of the Iraqis and the military for such a length of time.’

    But he added: ‘I don’t think it is for me to apologise for the matter which arose.’

    Over 30 million quid because some poxy little Trot sh!t chose to wage his warfare campaign against the British Army. Charges that should never have appeared in a UK Court or Inquiry of any description. He spends a decade smearing British soldiers and we are going to end up paying for his f**king mansion in Umbria. Hemp is too f**king good for him.

  11. It’s going to be interesting to watch the Bill Cosby lynching in the US. Gloria Aldred (who the fuck is that btw) said he should put $100M in to a fund to compensate victims. (and certainly not their lawyers oh no…)

  12. JuliaM: “I find it nothing short of astonishing that you can apply to help yourself to someone else’s money by accusing them of a crime that can never be proven.”

    Perhaps JuliaM has been out of society for a while.

    If somebody in power fucks up your life, it is permissible to seek recompense. Y’know JuliaM, survivors of child sexual abuse seek recognition for the acts perpetrated on them.

    Anyone who is suing Savile’s estate has probably worked out that there isn’t very much money after it is spread around. But there are a few pounds.

  13. So Much for Subtlety

    Charlieman – “If somebody in power fucks up your life, it is permissible to seek recompense. Y’know JuliaM, survivors of child sexual abuse seek recognition for the acts perpetrated on them.”

    Saville was never found guilty in a court of law. This is not a case of someone “in power” – which Saville was not – f**king up anyone’s life. This is a case of a few people *claiming* that Saville did so and making a buck out of it.

  14. SMFS: “Over 30 million quid because some poxy little Trot sh!t chose to wage his warfare campaign against the British Army. Charges that should never have appeared in a UK Court or Inquiry of any description.”

    30 million quid? What is the price of justice?

    “some poxy little Trot shit” raised relevant points. “some poxy little Trot shit” established in court that people were hooded and starved by UK forces. And that is how and where we work about UK torture.

  15. So Much for Subtlety

    Charlieman – “30 million quid? What is the price of justice?”

    Justice would involve lynching this little sh!t. He dragged the name and reputation of the British Army through the mud – giving Jihadis a free gift of propanga and incitement – as well as keeping dozens of soldiers on tenderhooks for years, and all for nothing.

    ““some poxy little Trot shit” raised relevant points. “some poxy little Trot shit” established in court that people were hooded and starved by UK forces. And that is how and where we work about UK torture.”

    Oh my God. We put a hood on a detainee? The horror. He raised no relevant points. He simply recruited more suicide bombers. We learnt nothing about UK torture because there is nothing much to learn. All we did was let some sh!t get rich smearing decent soldiers.

  16. SMFS: “Oh my God. We put a hood on a detainee? The horror.”

    That’s fine. When somebody puts a black hood on you after grabbing you on the street, there is no horror to you?

    Wanker.

  17. So Much for Subtlety

    Charlieman – “That’s fine. When somebody puts a black hood on you after grabbing you on the street, there is no horror to you?”

    Not thirty million quids worth, no.

    And notice it was not someone. Grabbing a random person off the street for no reason. It was the British Army doing it. Not a lot of horror to be expected.

  18. SMFS: “It was the British Army doing it. Not a lot of horror to be expected.”

    But citizens are kids from the streets.

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