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Is this the end of Failure to Remove claims against Social Workers?

Is this the end of Failure to Remove claims against Social Workers?

Following the recent appeal decisions of HXA v Surrey County Council and YXA v Wolverhampton City Council, our experts consider what this could mean f ...

Pure Legal Limited Enters Administration

Pure Legal Limited Enters Administration

On 2 November 2021, Pure Legal Limited, alongside a number of other companies within the Pure Business Group, was placed into Administration by an Ord ...

Vulnerability v A level playing field: A conundrum for the courts

Vulnerability v A level playing field: A conundrum for the courts

Following the introduction of a new Rule 1.6 and Practice Direction 1A (PD1A) into the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), there is concern on the part of de ...

An avenue closed: vicarious liability and non-delegable duties in abuse cases

An avenue closed: vicarious liability and non-delegable duties in abuse cases

When representing claimants or defendants in child abuse claims, is it impossible to feel anything other than the greatest sympathy for the victims? W ...

DAC Beachcroft Secures Successful Strike Out Following CN & GN v Poole

DAC Beachcroft Secures Successful Strike Out Following CN & GN v Poole

The court struck out a “failure to remove claim” under CPR 4.3(2)(a) on the ground that the requirements for the imposition of a duty of care identifi ...

Vicarious liability considered by the Supreme Court – have its elastic boundaries been flexed again?

Vicarious liability considered by the Supreme Court – have its elastic boundaries been flexed again?

On 1 April 2020, the Supreme Court handed down its judgments in two important cases on vicarious liability, each case considering one limb of the two- ...

Scottish Court awards substantial damages in historic abuse case

Scottish Court awards substantial damages in historic abuse case

A Scottish court has made an award of damages in excess of £300,000 to a man who developed a “life-long psychiatric injury” after being physically and ...

Vicarious liability for the criminal acts of an employee: abuse of position of trust results in school’s vicarious liability for actions of teacher

Vicarious liability for the criminal acts of an employee: abuse of position of trust results in school’s vicarious liability for actions of teacher

Following the Court of Appeal’s decision in Haringey London Borough Council v FZO, we take an in-depth look at the extent to which the question of vic ...

Is limitation still arguable in historic abuse claims?

Is limitation still arguable in historic abuse claims?

Following the recent court judgement in Dunn v Durham County Council, we look at whether a limitation defence may defeat a claim for historic abuse an ...

Historic abuse claim damages award exceeds £1 million

Historic abuse claim damages award exceeds £1 million

The High Court has given a powerful illustration of the potential impact of historic abuse claims in its recent reported judgment in the very sad case ...