On 19 October 2021 the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (“IICSA”) published two reports following its 6 year investigation into institutional responses to allegations of non-recent sexual abuse against children, committed by the late labour peer Lord Janner of Braunstone QC.
Leverets and Danny Friedman QC, of Matrix Chambers, represented Lord Janner’s daughters, Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner and Marion Janner MBE, at IICSA.
The Inquiry’s open conclusions, which have been widely misreported in the media, found that while there were some serious procedural failures in 2 out of 3 police investigations, with individual officers and CPS lawyers individually criticised, there was no evidence of any external pressure, or influence, being brought to bear on successive decisions not to charge Lord Janner with any criminal offence. The Inquiry also concluded that the decision not to charge Lord Janner had been entirely reasonable in the other police investigation that it examined.
It was not part of IICSA’s remit to examine the credibility of any of the allegations made by complainants, none of whom were called to give evidence to the Inquiry.
Rupert Butler, Leverets’ Head of Legal Practice, had previously represented the estate of Lord Janner from his alternate practice at 3 Hare Court, in civil proceedings for compensation brought by 34 complainants alleging non-recent child sexual abuse in the Queen’s Bench Division of the High Court, which had been issued, or intimated to the executors, all of which claims have been struck out, discontinued, or abandoned.
Lord Janner died an innocent man.