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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


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

Legal Commentary

“They are client focused, hardworking and what I would describe as a safe pair of hands. They are extremely professional and consistently provide prompt, confident and expert advice.”

Legal 500, 2024

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