I first met Maggie Oliver on 24 April 2013. I head one of the country’s leading teams of lawyers handling child abuse cases and have been working in this area for over 20 years.
When Maggie came into my office she had a bundle of papers and an accompanying story which was hard to believe.
Maggie had been a senior Police Officer who was so appalled at the treatment of abuse victims in Rochdale that she had resigned. She had since worked tirelessly to secure justice for these victims.
In April 2013 I began a journey with Maggie which took me to many unexpected places including the Victoria Derbyshire how, meetings with film producers and innumerable trips to Rochdale Town Hall for interviews with all the major news channels.
What Maggie had uncovered was an appalling and unprecedented abuse scandal where the victims had been failed terribly by the establishment.
Maggie sacrificed her own career to help these girls. I have acted for many Rochdale victims and the support that Maggie has given to them is unprecedented. She accompanies them to meetings. She is there to speak with them 24 hours a day with any problem they may have. These girls require immense support and without Maggie it is unlikely that they would have been able to go through the litigation process, taking on the Local Authority who let them down so badly.
In all my dealings with Maggie she has shown a steadfast determination to obtain justice for the Rochdale victims and to hold to account those responsible for their failings which allowed the abuse to take place and continue.
I have grown to know Maggie well over the last five years and would consider her as a friend as well as a client. She shows the utmost professionalism in all that she does and the devotion that she has shown has improved the lives of many.
Partner, Abuse & Inquest