Our team of specialists provide market-leading expertise across all forms of abuse-related claims under public liability, professional/officials indemnity and medical malpractice policies.
With a long track-record for advising across this area, we understand that you need an expert legal team with a fundamentally practical approach to supporting you, and victims, throughout the claims process - whether negotiating a settlement, triaging a claim (to ensure only the most realistic are defended), or handling litigation. Our work covers both UK and International.
We stand out for our holistic approach to work in this field, drawing together market-leading expertise in sexual harassment, abuse, social services, human rights, child sexual exploitation, safeguarding and employment, to advise on coverage, regulatory, compliance, investigations and inquiries, as well as crisis management and recovery actions.
As the dust settles on the Supreme Court's decision in Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council, extending the liabilities of local authorities to encompass compensating children in care for abuse perpetrated by a foster parent, David Weir considers the key findings and implications.
The Supreme Court has today decided by a majority of 4-1 that a local authority can be held vicariously liable for abuse of a child committed by foster parents whilst in their care.
On 22nd June the Scottish Parliament saw this historic legislation pass Stage 3 following a unanimous vote. There will now be a four week period before the Bill is submitted for Royal Assent. It is thought that the new Act will come into force as soon as this Autumn.
Six reported cases in three months give clear judicial guidance on when the court should/should not disapply the limitation period.
Mark Fowles considers the recent judgment in JL -v- Archbishop Michael George Bowen and Scout Association  in which the Court of Appeal concluded that the trial judge had been wrong to disapply the limitation period.
A Bill to remove the three-year time limit that applies to childhood abuse claims in Scotland was laid down on 17th November.
The Court of Appeal has handed down its decision in the case of NA v Nottinghamshire County Council concerning the abuse of a child by foster parents and the duties owed by local authorities in such circumstances.
Acting for Markerstudy, DWF Solicitor Kirsten Reay successfully applied to set aside the notices of discontinuance and obtained an order that both claims were an abuse of process, rendering the claimants liable to meet the defendant’s costs. DWF Director Jewels Chamberlain looks at the case, which will be especially of interest to those dealing with late notified claims.
The Court of Appeal has recently handed down a judgment on the issue of limitation in an abuse claim. Whilst not a new issue, it is one that is likely to become increasingly relevant at a time when historical allegations of abuse are under intense scrutiny. Andrea Ward and Joanne Kingsland explain the development of law on limitation in abuse claims and consider the implications.
Data and opponent/behaviour profiling is just one of the ways we’re leading the market, whether advising local authorities, charitable organisations, religious and faith organisations, private and public sector care homes or care providers (including fostering), schools, sports organisations, multi claimant groups or individuals.