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Earlier this week, James Counsell KC and Ben Bradley appeared on behalf of BXB in the Supreme Court in Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses v BXB. Having previously won at trial, and subsequently in the Court of Appeal, James and Ben represented BXB at the Supreme Court in her claim that the Trustees of the Barry Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses are vicariously liable for a rape committed on her by Mark Sewell, one of the Elders of the Congregation. This case represents the return of vicarious liability to the Supreme Court for the first time since the seminal cases of Barclays Bank and Morrisons. Over the course of the two-day hearing, James made submissions to the Court…
News, Personal Injury 17 Feb, 2023
Hard on the heels of the indemnity costs order made against Blackpool FC, comes a second judgment against Jehovah’s Witnesses relating to sexual abuse offences. James Counsell QC has secured yet another judgment on Monday 23 March (BXB v Watch Tower and Bible Tract Society of Pennsylvania and Another  EWHC 656, LTL 24/3/2020 :  3 WLUK 321) just three days after he obtained judgment against Blackpool FC where the Defendant, this time the Jehovah’s Witnesses, refused to negotiate in the face of repeated efforts by the Claimant’s solicitors to engage them in settlement negotiations. Jehovah’s Witnesses Liable for Rape Chamberlain J had previously given judgment against the organisation on 30 January 2020 after he had found the organisation…
News 24 Mar, 2020
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