The Boundaries of Vicarious Liability for Historic Child Abuse Explored Once Again

Blackpool Football Club v DSN [2021] EWCA Civ 1352 The facts The Court of Appeal considered an appeal against a finding that a football club was liable for the sexual abuse inflicted on a 13-year-old youth player in 1987 by a volunteer scout (Mr Roper) during a tour of New…

Limitation

Wilkins v University Hospital North Midlands NHS Trust [2021] EWHC 261 (QB). Aderounmu v Colvin [2021 EWHC 2293 (QB) The Facts – Wilkins Deputy High Court Judge Hermer QC determined as a preliminary issue whether the claim against the Defendant Hospital for negligently failing to treat a significant post-knee replacement…

High Court Rejects ‘Failure to Remove’ Abuse Claim

DFX v Coventry City Council [2021] EWHC 1382 (QB) In a significant adverse judgment for child abuse claimants, Mrs Justice Lambert rejected a claim brought by a number of Claimants who alleged that the Defendant council’s social services negligently delayed in instigating care proceedings and that, had they been removed…

The Importance of Contemporaneous Medical Records

HXC (by her litigation friend) JXS vs Hind, Craze [2020] 10 WLUK 603 The facts On 8 June 2016, the then 24-year-old Claimant suffered a catastrophic subarachnoid haemorrhage arising from the rupture of a 10-11mm left internal carotid artery aneurysm. As a result of the haemorrhage she had a dense…

GDPR and Inaccurate Clinical Records

R (Mrs AB) v Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Cumbria Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 2287 (Admin) HHJ Davis-White sitting as a judge of the High Court refused the Claimant’s renewed application for permission to bring a judicial review proceedings challenging the refusal to delete inaccurate information…

Surveillance Evidence and Fundamental Dishonesty

Wilcox v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust [2020] EWHC 2555 (QB) Garraway v Holland & Barrett Limited [2020] 3 WLUK 582 (accessible on Lawtel and Westlaw only) Two recent decisions consider the use of surveillance evidence in the context of fundamental dishonesty. Wilcox v King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation…

Monitoring During Labour

NKX v Barts Health NHS Trust [2020] EWHC 839 (QB)  This article originally appeared in Issue 6 (September 2020). The Facts  This was a liability only hearing where the Claimant alleged that his mother was given insufficient warning that she should have continuous fetal monitoring (“CFM”) when she was in…