Abuse Claims

Kings Chambers’ barristers act for Claimants and Defendants in recent/historical sexual abuse and assault claims. Our barristers can advise on the most sensitive of cases, and on the difficult issues of limitation, consent, and quantification of loss that arise.

We have experience of:

  • Civil claims against perpetrators.
  • Vicarious liability claims against e.g. churches, schools, the MOD, etc.
  • Human Rights Act claims against public bodies.

Failure to Remove

Our barristers have significant experience in bringing failure to remove claims against local authorities, particularly following the Supreme Court decision in GN v Poole.  We have had the privilege of delivering a seminar, alongside solicitor colleagues at a leading law firm, to the Official Solicitor on this topic.

Because of our Human Rights expertise, we can advise on the inclusion of s.8 HRA claims within failure to remove cases.

Human Rights Act

Our barristers are regularly instructed to bring and defend claims against local authorities and other state bodies, for breaches of the ECHR, under s.8 Human Rights Act 1998.

These cases draw in members from the Personal Injury and the Public Law Team. Sam Karim KC, is ranked Band 1 by Chambers and Partners for his experience in Civil Liberties and Human Rights, and appeared in AP [2019] EWHC 65 (QB) concerning limitation in s.8 cases.

The expertise we have in Court of Protection and Community Care cases gives counsel at Kings a deep understanding of the complex issues that arise in HRA claims.

The procedure, assessment of liability and quantification of damages in HRA claims requires specialist expertise and our barristers are able to give clear, straightforward advice in the most complex cases.

Kings Chambers Serious Medical Treatment Group (KSMT):

Out of hours (Emergency Treatment Cases Only):

– Stephen Loxton: 07971 176 422
– Paul Clarke: 07747 052 827

We have advised and acted on cases including:

  • Breach of Art.2 (e.g. in the context of mental health treatment)
  • Breach of Art.3 (e.g. failure by a local authority to remove a child; neglect amounting to breach of Art.3)
  • Breach of Art.5 (e.g. unlawful deprivation of liberty, in Court of Protection or Children act context)
  • Breach of Art.6 (e.g. failure by local authority to bring proceedings under the Mental Capacity Act or Children Act)
  • Breach of Art.8 (e.g. failure to facilitate contact between couple living in care homes, or inappropriate use of s.20 accommodation)

Abuse and Human Rights Claims Expertise

  • Abuse Claims
  • Failure to Remove
  • Human Rights Act

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