1 Crown Office Row shortlisted for seven awards at the Chambers UK Bar Awards 2023 - Sep 2023
Justin Levinson has a specialist personal injury practice focusing 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. Recently, he represented claimants in what is thought to be the first case of alleged sexual assault by an Uber driver in the UK.
Justin was named one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 lawyers of 2020
He has acted in high profile litigation including:
- Douglas Slade
- Jimmy Savile
- Rolf Harris
- Stuart Hall
- Max Clifford
- Fred Talbot
- Cyril Smith
He is experienced with claims arising out of the below areas:
- Abuse in football and other sports
- Abuse in therapy
- Abuse in the Scouts
- Abuse in the cadets
- Abuse in schools
- Abuse in youth clubs
- Abuse in the family
- Abuse at Haut de la Garenne and other Jersey institutions
- Abuse abroad
- Abuse over the internet
- Child sexual exploitation
- Abuse in detention centres and young offenders’ institutions
- Emotional abuse and neglect
- Court of Appeal dismissed appeal against a refusal to allow the withdrawal of an admission of liability by local authority (2021).
- AB v Chethams School of Music (2021): limitation period disapplied and school found to be vicariously liable for child sexual abuse.
- Legal action taken against ex-owners of Butlins by abuse survivor (2021)
- FZO v Adams and LB of Haringey  EWHC 1286 (QB): highest award for survivor of abuse in the UK.
- Claim against Douglas Slade by Filipino child abuse survivors (2018): Landmark case thought to be the first where foreign victims of sexual abuse which occurred abroad brought an action against a British National in the UK.
- (1) LXA (2) BXL v (1) Cynthis Willcox (representative of estate of Edward Willcox, deceased) (2) Cynthia Willcox  EWHC 2256 (QB): The claimants sought damages for personal injuries and other losses against their adoptive parents, the defendants.
- Birmingham child sex ring (2018): Represented the claimant in their damages claim against social services who failed to protect them from exploitation.
- IICSA review of forced resettlement schemes for children in Australia and Zimbabwe after WWII.
- Child Victims of Sexual Abuse in Football (2016): The claims are being considered on behalf of a number of high profile premier league players and others against several football clubs arising out of allegations against scouts and coaches including Barry Bennell.
- 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.
- National Westminster Bank Plc v Lucas & 6 Ors  EWCA Civ 1632: successfully opposed an appeal brought by the beneficiaries under Jimmy 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: 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): 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 (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.
Justin Levinson secures significant award for victim in novel claim arising from image-based abuse (also known as “revenge porn”) - Feb 2023
Lizanne Gumbel QC and Justin Levinson successful in the Court of Appeal - Sep 2022
Court of Appeal dismisses appeal against a refusal to allow the withdrawal of an admission of liability - Jul 2021
School vicariously liable for child sexual abuse - Jul 2021
Legal action taken against ex-owners of Butlins by abuse survivor - Jun 2021
Robert Seabrook QC & Justin Levinson successfully defend appeal in landmark abuse case - Apr 2020
Justin Levinson named as one of The Lawyer’s Hot 100 2020 - Jan 2020
Justin Levinson and Iain O’Donnell to provide a legal update APIL Abuse Conference 2019 - Jul 2019
Justin Levinson in first case of alleged sexual assault by an Uber Driver in UK - Jun 2019
Robert Seabrook QC and Justin Levinson represent Claimant in highest ever award for survivor of abuse in the UK - May 2019
Justin Levinson secures compensation for Filipino child abuse survivors against convicted paedophile Douglas Slade - Dec 2018
Justin Levinson represents woman whose doctor claimed the Devil was having a field day with her - Nov 2018
Justin Levinson represents Filipino child abuse survivors in High Court trial against convicted paedophile - Oct 2018
Justin Levinson succeeds in damages claim for survivors of historic child abuse - Sep 2018
Justin Levinson represents UK child migrants relocated to Australia and Zimbabwe after WWII - Sep 2018
Justin Levinson speaks at the Third Regional Workshop on Justice for Children in East Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok - Sep 2018
Justin Levinson represented the claimant in his damages claim against social services - Aug 2018
Three Girls, BBC One drama based on the true stories of victims of abuse in Rochdale - May 2017
Justin Levinson Is Instructed on Behalf of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse in Football - Dec 2016
Justin Levinson wins significant child abuse compensation case - Sep 2015
Justin Levinson is representing 12 victims of Stuart Hall - May 2014
Justin Levinson is representing victims of paedophile Catholic priest Sam Penney - May 2014
Justin Levinson to represent a number of children and young adults regarding allegations of abuse by missionary priests in Uganda - Feb 2013
One Crown Office Row instructed on Jimmy Savile claims - Feb 2013
Justin Levinson discusses vicarious liability in the context of child abuse compensation claims in Radio 4’s Unreliable Evidence programme - Dec 2012
Lizanne Gumbel QC, Justin Levinson and Peter Skelton are instructed to act on behalf of sexual abuse victims of Jimmy Savile - Oct 2012
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Justin Levinson win in the Court of Appeal on the liability of the Catholic Church for priest abuse - Jul 2012
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Justin Levinson in the Court of Appeal on the liability of the Catholic Church for priest abuse - May 2012
Justin Levinson is acting for 11 of the victims of the “black cab rapist” - May 2012
Book Launch for Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Justin Levinson - Mar 2011
Elizabeth-Anne Gumbel QC and Justin Levinson in key Court of Appeal case on liability of Catholic church for abuse by its priests - Mar 2010
Justin Levinson to act for sisters in personal injury action against social services in ‘British Fritzl’ case - Mar 2010