The man who is now in his forties, who retains lifetime anonymity as a survivor of abuse, brought the claim over allegations of sexual abuse in a children's home.

His complaint had been investigated by the police as part of Operation Fernbridge, the investigation looking into allegations of a paedophile ring operating at Elm Guest House.

The man had previously attempted to bring a claim against the local authority during the 1990’s, however, records had been destroyed and so the civil action did not progress to the payment of compensation.

The man approached a number of solicitors in the intervening period but was advised that his claim had insufficient prospects of success, due to the length of time that had elapsed since the assaults took place. The abuse team at Leigh Day took up the case in 2014.

The claim was initially defended by the local authority on the basis that it would be an abuse of process to make a second attempt at compensation.

The abuse team at Leigh Day obtained relevant background records which subsequently provided evidence that the man was incapable of proceeding with his earlier claim.

The team also located a number of witnesses, some of whom were able to shed light on the outcome of the legal action brought in the 1990’s.

Andrew Lord from the abuse team at Leigh Day represented the client, whose claim was settled without the need to issue court proceedings. He said:

“This was a particularly complex claim for non-recent sexual abuse, but we left no stone unturned when attempting to locate evidence in support of our client’s allegations.

“I am pleased that we have been able to reach settlement in this case, ensuring that our client received the compensation we believe he was due and which he had waited decades for.”