In a field that can be legally and factually complex our members long standing experience, knowledge and expertise means that the service we offer is second to none. Barristers from 7BR have been acting for defendants in cases involving historic abuse since this type of litigation started in the 1990’s; initially in the cases involving Frank Beck and the north Wales litigation. They have continued to act in many of the major claims in this area and have appeared in a number of the leading appellate cases, including Barrett v Enfield LBC, A v Hoare, Dunn v Durham County Council and Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association. We are repeatedly instructed by all of the defendant solicitors who have experience of this kind of litigation. The insurers also recognize our expertise. Clients include local authorities, religious bodies, charities, voluntary organisations, private companies and other governmental bodies.
The advice given is informed and realistic and, whether in negotiations to settle or at trial, the experience and reputation of our members’ means that we achieve the best results for our clients. Recent reported cases in which we have obtained successful outcomes for defendants include NA-v-Nottinghamshire County Council  EWHC 4005 (QB), EL v The Children’s Society (limitation and vicarious liability), Raggett v Preston College Governors (quantum) and F-D v CAFCASS (duties of care).
While 7BR also has a strong claimant’s team there is a strict separation between the two practice groups.