Steven practices exclusively in the field of personal injury and is a specialist in child abuse and other psychiatric injury claims. He represents local authorities and private social care, health and education providers, charities and religious bodies in claims concerning assault, abuse and neglect, and social care, health care and educational negligence. He appears before disciplinary tribunals and at inquests and other enquiries. He advises public sector and corporate bodies on compliance issues associated with his areas of practice.
Steven appears in all types of personal injury claims. His particular areas of expertise are the tort liability of local authorities, institutional liability for deliberate injury and the law of limitation, non-delegable duties and vicarious liability. He appeared for the defendant in the Supreme Court case of Woodland concerning the circumstances in which a common law duty of care may be non-delegable, and for the defendant in the recent Court of Appeal case of NA about the no-fault liability of local authorities for the actions of foster carers. He regularly acts in maximum severity brain and spinal injury claims and in fatal accident cases, asbestos-related and other disease claims and stress at work, bullying and harassment cases.
Steven’s “reputation in child abuse cases has risen to great heights” (Chambers & Partners 2012). He has 20 years experience advising and representing defendants in abuse and related claims. He has advised the defendants in claims concerning the activities of Bishop Peter Ball; he advised the BBC’s insurers in the Jimmy Savile and Stuart Hall claims. He is acting in a number of ongoing large (100+) group actions involving abuse and neglect in care homes, private schools and state schools. He acted for a number of Health Authority employees in the Kerr/Haslam public enquiry into the sexual abuse of patients by two NHS Consultant Psychiatrists and is retained by core participants for the Goddard Enquiry. He has appeared in many of the leading cases concerning the negligent “failure to remove” children from abusive parents and carers. He is seen as an expert in the law of limitation, non-delegable duties and vicarious liability and appeared for several of the defendants in the leading House of Lords case on limitation in sexual assault claims, A-v-Hoare (the “lottery rapist” case).
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