Overview

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 [2015] UKSC 32 which developed the principle enunciated in Wilkinson v. Downton [1897] 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.

Personal Injury Expertise

Abuse Claims Barristers

Grahame Aldous QC


Call: 1979 Silk: 2008

Catherine Atkinson


Call: 2006

Giles Bedloe


Call: 2001

Laura Begley


Call: 1993

Simon Brindle


Call: 1998

Edwin Buckett


Call: 1988

Theodore Bunce


Call: 2018

Simon Butler


Call: 1996

James Byrne


Call: 2006

Jeremy Crowther


Call: 1991

Adam Dawson


Call: 2000

William Dean


Call: 2011

Laura Elfield


Call: 1996

Jeremy Ford


Call: 1996

John Foy QC


Call: 1969 Silk: 1998

Perrin Gibbons


Call: 1998

Stephen Glynn


Call: 1990

Sabrina Hartshorn


Call: 2001

Laura Hibberd


Call: 2013

Roger Hiorns


Call: 1983

Robert Horner


Call: 1999

Thomas Jones


Call: 2015

Cyrus Katrak


Call: 1991

Amelia Katz


Call: 2018

Edward Lamb


Call: 2006

Kate Lamont


Call: 2007

Jacob Levy QC


Call: 1986 Silk: 2014

Lucy Lodewyke


Call: 2018

Esther Maclachlan


Call: 2005

Stuart McKechnie QC


Call: 1997 Silk: 2018

Max Melsa


Call: 2015

Oliver Millington


Call: 2003

Giles Mooney QC


Call: 1998 Silk: 2019

Kyah Mufti


Call: 2016

Gaurang Naik


Call: 1985

Linda Nelson


Call: 2000

Jennifer Newcomb


Call: 2006

Johnathan Payne


Call: 1997

Helen Pooley


Call: 2012

Esther Pounder


Call: 2003

Tom Restall


Call: 2007

Hugh Rimmer


Call: 2003

Andrew Ritchie QC


Call: 1985 Silk: 2009

Ben Rodgers


Call: 2007

John Schmitt


Call: 2013

Bruce Silvester


Call: 1983

Abigail Stamp


Call: 2004

Gurion Taussig


Call: 2001

Holly Tibbitts


Call: 2010

Tara Vindis


Call: 1996

Vincent Williams


Call: 1985

Ben Zurawel


Call: 2010

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