About Zahra Awaiz-Bilal
Zahra specialises in representing survivors of child abuse in their claims against various organisations, which include the Church, local authorities, education authorities, the Scout Association and private institutions as well as in claims directly against the perpetrators of the abuse. She also represents victims of criminal assaults in their claims for compensation against numerous defendants.
Zahra is a formidable solicitor, determined to exceed her clients’ expectations by ensuring their needs and requirements are at the forefront throughout the claims process. Her insight into the difficulties her clients experience, as a result of the abuse they have suffered, drives her to push the boundaries to claim for losses which are essential to their recovery. This has included the cost of camouflage make-up for life, for a client who had severe scarring on her arms due to self-harming and compensation for loss of familial support for a client who suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of social services. Her tenacity in dealing with her opponents, to achieve the best outcome for her clients often leads to her securing high-value, out of court settlements.
Working with survivors of abuse has equipped Zahra with immense knowledge about the issues which matter to them. She understands that bringing a claim is not always just about compensation but often, more importantly, about acknowledgment and recognition of the wrong that has been done. Zahra feels passionately that survivors of abuse should receive an apology from the abusers and/or the organisations which employ them.
Zahra is also passionate about working with the Muslim community, where child abuse continues to be a taboo subject, to shed the light on abuse within mosques and madrassas. She feels strongly that victims of such abuse should no longer continue to suffer in silence.
Languages: Urdu, Punjabi & Hindi.
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