Defendant Abuse

Defendant Abuse

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 [2014] 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.


For more details contact

Call +44 (0) 20 7242 3555 or email:

Paul Eeles, Senior Clerk
Mark Waterson, Clerk

Defendant Abuse Barristers

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Barrister Steven Ford

Steven Ford QC

Call: 1992 | QC: 2010

Barrister Adam Weitzman

Adam Weitzman QC

Call: 1993 | QC: 2016

Barrister Vanessa Marshall

Vanessa Marshall QC

Call: 1994 | QC: 2018

Barrister Brendan Roche

Brendan Roche

Call: 1989

Barrister Anwar Nashashibi

Anwar Nashashibi

Call: 1995

Barrister Gareth Weetman

Gareth Weetman

Call: 1999

Barrister Conor Dufficy

Conor Dufficy

Call: 2004

Barrister James Weston

James Weston

Call: 2007

Barrister Caroline Lody

Caroline Lody

Call: 2009

Barrister Helen Compton

Helen Compton

Call: 2011

Barrister Kat Shields

Kat Shields

Call: 2016

Barrister Nia Frobisher

Nia Frobisher

Call: 2016

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