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The legal remedies for victims of child abuse in English football

This piece was written for and first published by LawInSport. A copy of the original is available to view here. Watching the distress of footballer 43 year-old Andy Woodward disclosing his experience of being sexually abused as a boy from the age of 11 until 15 by Barry Bennell, his football coach, is a stark reminder if one were needed of the far-reaching emotional damage that abuse brings in its wake. There are no reported cases of claims within professional football brought by former players against their coaches for sexual abuse when playing in youth teams, football academies or as apprentice players. Claims against youth club leaders, sports coaches in schools and local clubs are not unusual and have been…

News 20 Dec, 2016

David Westcott QC in successful action for Claimant in Harris v Miller

David Westcott QC successfully acted for the Claimant in Harris v Miller [2016] EWHC 2438 (QB). The Claimant was 14 years old when she fell off the Defendant’s horse and sustained paraplegia. An action was originally brought in negligence and under the Animals Act 1971; but since, on the particular facts of the case, the Claimant could not have succeeded in the statutory claim if she failed at common law, only negligence was pursued at trial. The facts were hotly disputed by the parties. It was the Claimant’s case that the horse bucked whilst cantering on flat ground, whereas the Defendant suggested the horse had dipped its head when walking downhill. The behaviour and temperament of the horse were also…

News 4 Nov, 2016

Tourism & Sports EEG Conference in Dublin

The pan-European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers is holding a conference on Tourism and Sports EEGs, on 18th of November 2016, in Dublin. Sarah Crowther will be participating in the event and is due to speak on “Claims arising from sporting activities on holidays”. Many other interesting and topical subjects will be debated on this occasion. These include: international food poisoning claims, liability for damages arising from terrorist attacks, safety standards in various countries hotels and much more. To book your place, please click here.

Events 6 Oct, 2016

Corruption in football – Matthew McDonagh comments

The allegations made this morning against Tommy Wright, the Barnsley assistant manager, are the latest in what is likely to be a continuous media release of corrupt activities in football. Whatever one’s views on the investigative and reporting practices of the newspapers whose main concern may be to sell more copy, there is little doubt that the spotlight is being thrown again upon what seems to be an endemic problem in the ‘people’s game.’ Supporters of this great game should welcome this spotlight. It is important that Sam Allardyce’s assertion that, “entrapment has won” should not be seen as anything other than an attempt to ameliorate the desperate situation he was in. All of the allegations that have been made,…

News 29 Sep, 2016

“Wheelpower Inter Spinal Unit Games 2016” welcomes participants

Starting on Tuesday 12th April, over 90 hospital patients from each spinal injury centre across the UK and Ireland will participate in the Inter Spinal Unit Games, organised by WheelPower at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Outer Temple Chambers is pleased to be one of the event’s sponsors and contribute to life quality improvement of paralysed people. Graham Woods, OTC Business Development Director, will attend the open morning on Tuesday. The Inter Spinal Unit Games are designed to introduce wheelchair sport to those who have recently had their lives changed after a traumatic injury or illness. Participants will be given the opportunity of a week long sports experience, which is among others, an excellent social interaction. “The Inter Spinal Unit Games are…

Events 10 Apr, 2016

Harry Trusted, Eliot Woolf & Ben Bradley in Wheelchair Awareness Day

Three Outer Temple Barristers were invited to take part in a wheelchair awareness day, organised by Bolt Burdon Kemp Solicitors, with the able assistance of the Back-Up Trust and the Wheelchair Rugby Experience. Harry Trusted, Eliot Woolf and Ben Bradley spent the morning learning essential wheelchair skills with the Back-Up Trust. They were then sent off into the wilds of Islington in said chairs to (amongst other things) board a bus; buy a coffee; undertake a weekly shop; tackle cobbled streets and find a wheelchair accessible beauty salon. The afternoon was spent playing the brutal sport of wheelchair rugby, run by the inspirational athletes at the Wheelchair Rugby Experience. All three barristers have emerged relatively unscathed, but better informed and…

News 4 Apr, 2016

Christopher Wilson-Smith QC and Matthew Stockwell secure damages for blind adventure athlete paralysed by a fall

Instructed by leading litigation firm Stewarts Law LLP, Christopher and Matthew advised and represented Mark Pollock throughout his claim, obtaining judgment following a “difficult” five-day trial before William Davis J. Unbroken by blindness at 22, Mark competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including an epic two month expedition race to the South Pole. He won silver and bronze rowing in the Commonwealth Games. Describing Mark, the Judge said: “His athletic achievements would have been notable for someone without disability. Given his blindness they were and are remarkable”. The judgment provides much needed security whilst Mark continues his journey, now as a pioneer exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery.

News 29 Jul, 2015

Head injuries in sport – A litigation update

Jonathan Hand and Paul Rogers gave a presentation on ‘Legislation, Litigation & Regulation’ at the Headway Devon’s educational seminar on Head Injuries and Sport.

News 18 May, 2015

Ben Compton QC has successfully defended a lifeguard involved in a swimming pool tragedy

Kelly Woods, a lifeguard employed by DC Leisure (a swimming pool centre in Wolverhampton) was finally found not guilty on a s.7 HSWA 74 offence at Wolverhampton Crown Court, after a five year battle to clear her name.

News 9 May, 2013

Medicolegal issues for physiotherapists in sport – avoiding the pitfalls

Ben Bradley is speaking at this essential one day course for physiotherapists working in this specialist field. The course is aimed at providing an overview of the legal background to the law of medical or clinical negligence and as a risk management exercise for both physio therapists working in professional sport and the club as their employer. It will aim to raise awareness of the possible areas of exposure to risk and provide advice on how this risk can be reduced.

Events 6 Mar, 2013

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