Lawyers for Kenyans suing Britain over alleged torture during an anti-colonial uprising say they are negotiating with the British government over a possible settlement.

Law firm Leigh Day confirmed Monday that talks were taking place, but gave no other details, "due to the nature of the negotiations."

The Foreign Office declined to comment on an ongoing legal case.

The case involves Kenyans who say they were beaten and sexually assaulted by officers acting for the British administration trying to suppress the "Mau Mau" rebellion in the 1950s.

In October, Britain's High Court ruled that three elderly Kenyans could pursue claims for compensation.

The British government launched an appeal, although it did not dispute the claims of torture.

A settlement could bring payouts to thousands who allege similar abuse.