Abuse Claims

Interactive case study (drawing on real cases) to allow delegates to explore how claims handling approaches and individual handling decisions drive a range of outcomes (both good and bad).

Level: Intermediate

14 May 2019, 9.30am registration (9.45am start) – 1.00pm (followed by lunch) Browne Jacobson, Nottingham (with Video Conferencing Equipment to Browne Jacobson’s offices in Birmingham and London)

Presented by Browne Jacobson and Bevan Brittan

Course overview

Through a practical exercise and follow up presentation, we will explore the current political and social context in which abuse claims arise, the changing law and different claims strategies, looking at how each impacts on a range of outcomes.

Suitable audience:

The course aims to provide insight into how different approaches to abuse allegations and claims can lead to different outcomes, picking up on recent legal developments. Therefore it is likely to have relevance to a wide audience, but particularly those who handle abuse claims, their managers and those who have strategic oversight in relation to claims.

Overview and topics to be covered include:

• Case law update: vicarious liability, limitation, human rights and quantum
• Interactive case study on how abuse claims are litigated.
• Redress schemes for historical abuse claims – the pros and cons and how best to approach this challenging area.

Duration: Half a day (3 training hours) including lunch

Interactive elements

Interactive case study (drawing on real cases) to allow delegates to explore how claims handling approaches and individual handling decisions drive a range of outcomes (both good and bad).

This will provide a lens to look at the impact of legal developments and strategic options to be discussed in the update.


This course will cover:

B Technical legal practice
B6 Negotiation
C Working with other people
C1 Communicate clearly and effectively
D Managing themselves and their own work

Presenter profiles:

Simon Lindsay is a Partner in the Clinical Risk Department at Bevan Brittan, leading a team of 12 lawyers working in the Bristol, London and Birmingham offices. Simon has a special interest in mental health and capacity law.

James Arrowsmith, Partner leads the Children’s Services and Abuse team at Browne Jacobson, working with a wide range of clients across the country to address historical and recent allegations of abuse, child sexual exploitation and other complaints relating to children and children’s services.

He is often involved from the emergence of allegations of abuse through internal and police investigations to the conclusion of claims. His role includes support for public relations teams, internal briefings (for example for board members or councilors) and supporting safeguarding teams in extracting learning from incidents.

Ceri-Sian Williams, Associate – Browne Jacobson specialises in defending claims against local authorities including defending allegations of abuse against employees of a local authority and professional negligence against social workers.

Please note we offer the option to attend this course via video conference at another of our offices to make it accessible to as many EM Lawshare members as possible. We do our best to deliver the best experience we can with the technology we have, but inevitably it may not be as effective as attending the course in person. We always appreciate your feedback and make improvements if we can.

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If you would like to send a list of registrants, please email Julie.Scheller@freeths.co.uk.