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Child Abuse in the Scouts

Scout leaders should encourage the adventurous, fun side of childhood, equipping children with life skills while ensuring they don’t grow up too quickly. While it can seem unthinkable that people with this responsibility would take advantage of the trust parents…

Scouts Abuse Map

For decades, young children joined the Scouts in the hope of experiencing new adventures and exploring the big outdoors. But instead, many endured horrific sexual abuse at the hands of Scout leaders and those in positions of responsibility at the…

24.10.2019

‘By the grace of God’ – French ‘Spotlight’ tackles abuse…

The French movie “By the grace of God”, beautifully constructed and performed, makes a significant and sensitive contribution to the scandal of sexual abuse in the Church. On 7th March 2019, French Cardinal Barbarin was found guilty of non-disclosure of…

26.06.2019

Sexual Abuse and the Internet – Time for Change

In recent years we have seen stories of non-recent sexual abuse hit the headlines time and again. As a nation, we have acknowledged the extent of non-recent child sexual abuse and the damage it has done. As a result, the…

31.08.2017

Developments to Vicarious Liability – Various Claimants -v- Barclays Bank

The recent case of Various Claimants -v- Barclays Bank plc (Dr Bates (deceased) and Barclays Group Litigation) [2017] EWHC 1929 (QB) extends the principle of vicarious liability to individuals working for organisations as independent contractors. The group action against Barclays arose…

19.05.2017

Former Sea Scout’s Master, Norman Thompson, sentenced to 16 years…

On 12 May 2017 former Scout Master, Norman Thompson, was sentenced to 16 years imprisonment at Carlisle Crown Court in relation to non-recent sexual offences against children. Earlier in the week, Thompson pleaded guilty to a total of 30 offences…

19.05.2017

John Parrish to serve time in jail for sexual abuse…

Today, 19 May 2017, John Parrish appeared at Manchester Crown Court to be sentenced for indecently assaulting a child under the age of 14, between 1969 to 1972. Parrish was sentenced to eight years imprisonment plus one additional year on…

08.07.2016

Recent successes against the Scout Association

We are very pleased to recently help two very deserving clients settle claims against the Scout Association arising out of the abuse they experienced at the hands of scoutmasters during childhood. The cases were very different but demonstrate how lawyers…

19.04.2016

Successful child abuse case against the Scout Association

I have recently been successful in an action against the Scout Association for childhood abuse suffered by two clients. Background – the abuse My clients were sexually abused by David Palmer, who was the Scout master of the 7th Crawley…

19.04.2016

Successful child abuse case for client abused by two Scout…

I have recently been successful in a case against the Scout Association for childhood abuse suffered by a client at the hands of two Cub Scout masters. Background – the abuse My client was sexually abused by Richard Gilbert, who…

07.03.2016

Successful group action against the Scout Association

I have recently been successful in a group action against the Scout Association for childhood abuse suffered by five clients. Background – the abuse My clients were sexually abused by Mr Phillip Muttock, who was the Scout master of the…

26.01.2016

Bolt Burdon Kemp and the Government’s Sexual Abuse Inquiry

On the 12th March 2015, the Home Secretary established a statutory inquiry into the scandal of the widespread sexual abuse of children in England and Wales. The Inquiry aims to conduct an over-arching review of those people and institutions with…

03.06.2009

Council's 'Hopeless' Bid to Avoid Paying Damages

Relevant Cases: A v Hoare H v Suffolk County Council X and Y v Wandsworth London Borough Council [2006] EWCA Civ 395, [2006] All ER (D) 203 (Apr); A v Hoare and other appeals [2008] UKHL 6, [2008] All ER…

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