Justin Levinson has a specialist personal injury practice focussing on compensation claims arising out of childhood sexual abuse. He is recognised to have particular expertise in claims against the Catholic Church and other religious institutions, having been in most of the leading cases in this area. He also has considerable experience of claims against care homes, schools, social services departments and youth groups.
Clients appreciate his approachable manner.
"He is excellent, probably the pre-eminent practitioner in the field. Very able on his feet and in court and has an excellent manner all round. You couldn't wish for a better advocate." (Chambers and Partners 2017)
"He is superb to work with and is one of the leading child abuse juniors in the country." "He communicates superbly with troubled young people about difficult and sensitive subjects." (Chambers and Partners 2016)
‘He has been involved in many of the landmark cases that have redefined issues of limitation.’ (Legal 500 2016)
“Cutting-edge in the field of child abuse claims, and bold and pioneering in his outlook.” (Legal 500 2015)
"The leading expert at the Bar on child abuse claims.” (Legal 500 2014)
"He's absolutely in a league of his own. It's a combination of his knowledge of case law and his involvement in the big cases. He's an exceptionally good advocate, and he's very good with clients." "He's a fount of knowledge when it comes to cases against the Catholic Church." (Chambers and Partners 2014)
Justin Levinson is a "national leader in the area of child abuse claims." He is "a committed advocate," noted for his capacity for lateral thinking and for his "ability to put clients at ease when discussing difficult topics." (Chambers and Partners 2013)
Described as “innovative in his approach” and “a barrister of choice” for child abuse claims. “He is at the cutting edge of all developments in that particular area,” agree clients who also appreciate how well he gets on with people. (Chambers and Partners, 2012)
Lauded for his “superb mastery of the law.” (Chambers and Partners, 2011)
"committed" and “noted for his lateral thinking and experience in a wide range of personal injury claims, including those arising from sexual abuse or neglect” (Chambers & Partners, 2010)
Described a “committed” and a “junior to watch” in the field of personal injury. (Legal 500)
Guide to Child Abuse Compensation Claims, published by Jordans, 2011
Contributory Negligence - the leading textbook on the subject, published by XPL Publishing Ltd in 2002 www.xplpublishing.com
Cruel Intentions - Legal & Medical, November 2005
Vicarious Liability for Intentional Torts –  JPIL 304
Tactics in Child Abuse Claims against the Catholic Church - PI Focus, September 2006
Significant cases include the following
ABC v West Heath 2000 Limited (2015) – a school was held vicariously liable for a member of staff who had encouraged a 17 year old pupil to take and send indecent photographs of herself. The case was novel in that the court held such behaviour, which did not involve touching and so was not an assault, to be tortious for the first time.
Various Claimants v The Ministry of Justice – Claim by hundreds of former residents of Medomsley Detention Centre who suffered abuse.
JL v (1) Archbishop George Bowen (2) The Scout Association (2015) - The Archbishop of Southwark and The Scout Association were both vicariously liable for sexual abuse perpetrated by a scout chaplain against the Claimant when he was age 16-19. The case concerned limitation, vicarious liability, quantum and the appropriate test to determine whether a sexual relationship should properly be regarded as consensual or tortious.
In the matter of the administration of the estate of JIMMY SAVILE sub nom National Westminster Bank plc v Lucas & 6 ors  EWCA Civ 1632 - Successfully opposed an appeal brought by the beneficiaries under Savile’s will, who were seeking to set aside a redress scheme established to enable Savile’s victims to be compensated.
Various claimants v A Missionary Order (2013) – successfully represented many Ugandan young men who had suffered historical sexual and physical abuse from a member of a missionary order operating in Uganda.
X v Cornell (2013) – Assessment of damages in a case of sexual abuse of a child.
In the matter of the administration of the estate of JIMMY SAVILE sub nom National Westminster Bank plc v Lucas & 6 ors  EWHC 653 (Ch) - Represented the 139 sexual assault victims of Jimmy Savile who were claiming damages out of his estate in a successful application to have a negotiated compensation scheme approved by the court, which was opposed by the beneficiaries under Savile's will.
States of Jersey Historic Abuse Redress Scheme - Represented most of the victims who suffered sexual or physical abuse in Haut de la Garenne and other children's homes in Jersey in negotiations with the Jersey Government to set up and administer a compensation scheme.
A & B v Somerset County Council  EWHC 2753– Successful appeal against a Master’s refusal to order pre-action disclosure against a local authority in circumstances where the applicants were contemplating bringing a negligence claim against the local authority in respect of its social services department’s delay in commencing care proceedings to remove them from their abusive parents.
RAR v GGC  EWHC 2338 (QB) - Limitation, liability and quantum in a claim for a lady who was sexually abused by her step-father in her childhood.
JGE v Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust  EWCA Civ 938 - The Court of Appeal held that the relationship between a Roman Catholic parish priest and a bishop was sufficiently close in character to that of employee and employer to make it just and fair to hold a diocese vicariously liable for the sexual abuse of one of its priests.
AXN & ors v (1) John Worboys (2) Inceptum Motor Insurance Co Ltd (formerly HSBC Insurance (UK) Ltd)  EWHC 1730 (QB) - claims by the victims of the "London taxi rapist" against him and his motor insurer.
EL v Children's Society  EWHC 365 (QB) - claim by a man who, as a child in the 1950s, had been sexually abused by the son of the house parents at his children's home.
JGE v (1) English Province of Our Lady of Charity (2) The Trustees of the Portsmouth Roman Catholic Diocesan Trust [ 2011] EWHC 2871 (QB) - A Roman Catholic diocese could be vicariously liable for the wrongful acts of one of its priests given the nature and closeness of the relationship between them.
ABB & ors v Milton Keynes Council  EWHC 2745 (QB) - A local authority was liable for the shortcomings of social work provided in the early 1990s to a family whose children suffered sexual abuse by their father for many years. The highest ever award of damages in such a case in the UK.
EB v John Haughton -  EWHC 279 (QB) - Limitation, liability and quantum in a claim of historic sexual abuse against the perpetrator, who had been acquitted before the criminal courts.
Raggett v Society of Jesus  EWCA Civ 1002 – Guidance on the approach to be taken by trial judges to the exercise of the limitation discretion in historic child abuse cases.
X v Y  EWHC 1983 (QB) – Existence of a duty of care owed to a child by one parent to prevent abuse by the other parent, joint liability for assaults between parents and limitation.
MAGA v Trustees of the Birmingham Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church  1 WLR 1441,  EWCA Civ 256 – Limitation in historic child abuse claims and leading authority on vicarious liability on the part of the Roman Catholic hierarchy for sexual abuse by a priest.
AB & ors v Nugent Care Society  EWCA Civ 827 – Major review of limitation and the exercise of the court’s discretion to allow claims to proceed out of time in child abuse cases.
G v Spry (2009) – Assessment of damages in a case of physical and emotional abuse of a child by a foster mother.
Hargreaves v Lancashire County Council (2009) – Limitation in a case of historic sexual abuse
Raggett v Society of Jesus  EWHC 909 (QB) – Trial of limitation and liability in a very high value and much publicised case concerning a city solicitor who had been sexually abused as a child and the effect of that abuse on his career.
MAGA v Archbishop of Birmingham  EWHC 780 (QB) – Trial of limitation, liability and quantum in a claim arising out of child abuse by a priest.
T v Archbishop of Liverpool  EWHC 3531 (QB) – The only appellate level decision on an important case management issue which arises in most claims arising out of historic child abuse claims, namely whether questions of limitation should be dealt with separately to or at the main trial.
B v LB Ealing & B  EWHC 1262 (QB) – Claim by a daughter against her father for childhood physical abuse.
J, K & P v Archbishop of Birmingham 25 July 2008 – Limitation as a preliminary issue in child abuse cases.
B v Quirk (2008) – Assessment of damages in a case of sexual abuse of a child.
C v D & SBA  EWHC 166 – liability of a headmaster and monastic order for sexual abuse at a private school
A v Archbishop of Birmingham  EWHC 1361 - largest ever damages claim against the Catholic Church in the UK
G v Archbishop of Birmingham  EWHC 3177 – Limitation in a historic child abuse claim
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