Abuse & Social Care

Our social care team assists local authorities, insurers, educational and care establishments to manage complex claims for historical abuse, sexual exploitation, failure to remove and human rights violations.

A developing area of law

​There has been an increase in the number of claims for historical abuse in recent years, in an area of law which continues to develop.  We defend claims brought by individuals and multiple claimants alleging vicarious liability, deficiencies in social care practice, abuse in foster care and residential placements. We have experience in Court of Protection claims and human rights claims emanating from family proceedings. The team is recognised for its ability to respond to allegations in a robust, timely and cost-effective manner whilst also recognising where cases require to be compromised and where matters of sensitivity arise. We can also assist with recovery of any damages paid by our clients from perpetrators of abuse.

We handle sensitive claims in a responsible manner

The documentation involved in these claims is often substantial, and can date back over many years. We are regularly called upon to advise on complex disclosure and data protection issues.

Claims can be high profile and attract media attention. Our team is adept at managing reputational issues for clients and their employees, whilst at the same time recognising the impact on claimants and the need to handle the claims in a responsible manner at all times.

Key Contact

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Senior Partner

Adrian heads a team who handle complex and sensitive claims

We can assist with complaints made against authorities which can often precede or run concurrently with these claims.

 

Our expertise extends across the following areas:

 

  • Abuse

  • Failure to remove

  • Human rights

  • Inquests

  • Neglect

  • Social services

Articles

Poole Borough Council v GN & Another [2019] UKSC 25

CD v The Catholic Child Welfare Society & Others [2018] EWCA Civ 2342

Our popular bulletins and events will keep you abreast of the latest legal developments.

Dolmans has once again been recognised as a ‘Band 1’ firm for Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (Wales) in the Chambers & Partners rankings for 2021.

Dolmans is once again recognised as a Tier 1 law firm in Wales in the category of Personal Injury: Defendant in the Legal 500 rankings for 2021.

This edition examines a case which illustrates the importance of the Claimant’s burden of proof, together with case-law updates relating to the adjournment of trials, Part 36 offers and vicarious liability.

Dolmans has once again been recognised as a ‘Band 1’ firm for Personal Injury: Mainly Defendant (Wales) in the Chambers & Partners rankings for 2021.

Dolmans is once again recognised as a Tier 1 law firm in Wales in the category of Personal Injury: Defendant in the Legal 500 rankings for 2021.

This edition examines a case which illustrates the importance of the Claimant’s burden of proof, together with case-law updates relating to the adjournment of trials, Part 36 offers and vicarious liability.

Enquiries

Head Office

Capital Tower

Greyfriars Road

Cardiff

CF10 3AG

Tel: 07747 444 812

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