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The areas of work in which we have particular expertise, experience and excellence.
Abuse can take many forms. This can be physical and/or sexual. The abuse can be with or without a breach of trust or the abuse of a position of responsibility. The abuse may be historical in the sense that it occurred many years ago or in the recent past, for instance within the last 5 years.
Those practising in this area need tact, understanding of the issues (from both sides of the argument) and most of all good judgement in relation to the appropriate issues to take and those to leave in abeyance.
Members of chambers both bring and defend these claims for and against religious and educational institutions, local authorities and government bodies. In addition, members are regularly instructed on claims arising from detention.
Practitioners are alive to arguments of limitation and new and developing causes of action such as those opened up by the recent decision of the Supreme Court in Rhodes v. OPO (By his Litigation Friend BHM) & Another  UKSC 32 which developed the principle enunciated in Wilkinson v. Downton  2 QB 57.
Recent examples of work include the defence of a teacher in a position of trust who was accused of serious sexual assault by a pupil in his care. The settlement of a claim for substantial sums against the Church of England resulting from sexual abuse. Cases where siblings have been sexually abused by a parent where enormous psychological damage followed as a result of which the individuals were incapable of work and barely capable of independent living.
The effect of abuse on the individuals concerned cannot be understated.
These claims need to be prepared very carefully in all regards however particularly in relation to hotly contested areas such as future loss of earnings.
Members of chambers who cover this area are predominantly silks or senior juniors although more junior members have increasing exposure to this type of work and are well placed considering the breadth of experience in chambers and the internal training provided.