Newspaper advertisements today name nine law firms as advisers to claimants against the estate of TV presenter Jimmy Savile.
A scheme to facilitate the handling of claims by victims of alleged sexual abuse was created by the High Court earlier this year with the intention of paying compensation in 2015.
Around £3.3m is being held by NatWest bank as executor on behalf of the Jimmy Savile Charitable Trust. The former television presenter (pictured), who died in October 2011, is the subject of numerous allegations of child abuse and other sex offences.
An advertisement in today's Times and Daily Mirror says that anyone wishing to make a claim is ‘strongly encouraged’ to give notice by 3 June.
Any late claims could hamper the efficient administration of the scheme, the advertisement says, warning that if notice is not given before distribution of the estate, all rights to recover from the estate will be lost.
The solicitor firms listed as a point of contact for help with a claim are: Slater & Gordon; Pannone (part of Slater & Gordon); Anthony Gold Solicitors; Neil Hudgell Solicitors; Irwin Mitchell; Zermansky & Partners; Hodge, Jones & Allen; Verisona and Rawal & Co.
Anyone wishing to make a claim should notify Bristol-based firm Osborne Clarke, which is representing NatWest.
By the time of the High Court hearing in February, 139 people had intimated to the bank that they had personal injury claims against Savile and his estate, with some indicating they had claims against other organisations with which Savile was associated: the BBC, certain NHS hospital trusts and the charities Barnardo’s and Mind.
Mr Justice Sales noted a ‘serious possibility’ that if some of the claims proved to be well-founded they would exhaust the money remaining in the estate.