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Lawyers' costs outstripping compensation to Rotherham abuse victims

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ROTHERHAM Borough Council has defended paying more than £1 million to lawyers representing it in the face of claims from child sex abuse survivors — far more than has been paid out in compensation. A response under the Freedom of Information Act revealed that law firm Forbes Solicitors have racked up costs of £1.15 million as of last month. Just 12 of 81 cases have been settled so far and, while the council would not reveal the sums paid, solicitor David Greenwood, who is acting for almost all the survivors, said the total awarded by the council and South Yorkshire Police amounted to £662,000.