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James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley successful in Jehovah’s Witness Adult Sexual Abuse Appeal

In a judgment handed down today, the Court of Appeal has held the Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses liable for an act of rape committed by one of its elders, against an adult member of its congregation. James Counsell QC and Ben Bradley appeared on behalf of the successful Respondent to the appeal. The Court heard that the claimant, known as BXB, had been a member of the Barry congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and had been instructed by an elder of that congregation to provide support and a “shoulder to cry on” for the elder’s son, Mark Sewell, also an elder of the congregation, whom was suffering from depression.  Mark Sewell abused his position as an elder…

News, Personal Injury 15 Mar, 2021

Olinga Tahzib appears in virtual public hearing to examine child protection in religious organisations and settings

Olinga Tahzib appears this week in the second stage of the substantive hearing in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into Religious Organisations and Settings. The hearing – which is being conducted entirely remotely – examines child protection policies and practices in religious organisations in England and Wales. These include Jehovah’s Witnesses, Baptists, Methodists, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism, Hinduism, Buddhist and non-conformist Christian denominations. Yesterday, Olinga examined PR-A5, a former member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, who was abused as a child by Peter Stewart, a ministerial servant within the congregation. PR-A5 was the claimant in the landmark case of A v The Trustees of the Watchtower Bible Tract Society and Others [2015] EWHC 1722 (QB), in which she was…

News, Personal Injury 11 Aug, 2020

Court of Appeal upholds that tragic Egypt holiday RTA case can be brought home

Judgment was today handed down by the Court of Appeal in Brownlie v FS Cairo (Brownlie No 2). After years of legal wrangle, it upheld that the case of this tragic road accident whilst on holiday in Egypt can be heard in the Courts of England and Wales. The Court of Appeal (Underhill V-P, McCombe LJ, Arnold LJ dissenting) has followed the majority decision of the Supreme Court in Brownlie No. 1 and held that the meaning of “damage” in the tort jurisdiction gateway means “any substantial” damage. In so finding, it has concluded that Lady Brownlie can bring her claim for damages sustained in a road accident in Egypt in 2010 before the Courts of England and Wales. The…

News, Personal Injury, Travel 29 Jul, 2020

Webinar: Watch the full recording of ‘An Update on Abuse Claims’

Outer Temple’s recent lunch-time briefing update on abuse claims is now available online, presented by  James Counsell QC, Patrick Sadd and Paul Livingston. James Counsell QC, Patrick Sadd and Paul Livingston recently hosted a lunch-time briefing update and practice points review on the subject of abuse claims. Topics included: Reviewing two High Court decisions: DSN v Blackpool Football Club and BXB v Watchtower Costs: the impact of the Defendants’ approach before and during trial Limitation climate: is it possible to forecast? Consequence for vicarious liability following Supreme Court decisions in Barclays and Morrisons Watch the full webinar here: The Speakers James specialises in acting for claimants in historical and more recent sex abuse claims against religious organisations, schools, the scouts…

News, Webinars & Vlogs, Personal Injury 4 Jun, 2020

Olinga Tahzib appears in virtual public hearing in Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

Olinga Tahzib appears today in what is believed to be the UK’s first ever public inquiry to hear evidence in a virtual public hearing. The Hearing The hearing, which is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s investigation into Religious Organisations and Settings, runs from 11 – 22 May 2020. The original hearing which was due to take place in March was suspended after one day due to government advice regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, the Inquiry devised and tested a way of holding the hearing using video conference technology, ensuring the health and safety of all involved. The Timetable The revised timetable for the first week of the hearing can be found here. The hearing examines…

News, Personal Injury 12 May, 2020

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