Child Abuse Compensation Law

Iain acts in complex, historic abuse claims of every type. He has acted and is currently acting in high profile litigation, involving the following parties:

  • Rolf Harris
  • Cyril Smith
  • Lord Greville Janner
  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) (Iain is instructed by the principal survivor group in the Janner module and also in the Residential Schools module)
  • Aston Villa Football Club
  • Chelsea Football Club
  • Leicester City Football Club
  • Queens Park Rangers Football Club
  • The estate of Khyra Ishaq, deceased

Multi-party litigation

Iain acts for claimant groups in complex historic abuse claims of all types. He has acted and is currently acting for the following groups:

  • Shirley Oaks Survivors group
  • Medomsley Detention Centre group
  • Rosminian Boys group (as detailed in the BBC documentary: ‘Abused –Breaking the Silence’)
  • Beechwood Children’s Home group
  • Beecholme Survivors group

He has brought successful claims against local authorities, private schools, the church, the scouts, the boys brigade and other defendant organisations as well as against abusers in person. Iain has given various lectures and seminars in the many legal issues that arise in child abuse claims, and has appeared in a number of the cases that have come to define this area of the law, the most recent of which is CN & GN v Poole Borough Council (CA) in which Iain acts for the Claimants, and in which the issue of whether private law claims in negligence can be brought against local authorities for the failures of their social services departments is addressed. The Claimants have recently been granted leave to appeal the judgment of the Court of Appeal in CN to the Supreme Court.

Selected Cases

  • IICSA: Iain is acting currently for the main groups of Core Participants in the IICSA modules examining historic child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church and by the late Greville Janner. He is also instructed in the Child Sex Abuse in Residential Schools module, in addition to the Janner module.
  • JXL & SXC v Winston Britton [2014] EWHC 2571 (QB).
  • CN & GN v Poole Borough Council [2017] EWCA 1Civ 2185: granted permission to appeal by the Supreme Court.
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