Our local government lawyers have been at the forefront of the developing law in the areas of social services litigation, abuse claims and vicarious liability.
These claims are complex, document-heavy and involve difficult issues relating to duty of care, breach of duty, causation and quantum. We have experience of acting for local authorities, care homes, schools and academies, social services departments, youth and voluntary organisations.
Claims in this field are often historical in nature and involve difficult limitation issues as well as sensitive disclosure matters that involve a careful consideration of data protection points, confidentiality and the human rights of not only claimants but also third parties.
Our local government team can provide expert advice in the full spectrum of social services claims ranging from allegations of failure to remove and protect to alleged article 8 infringements for allegedly unlawful removal of children from the family home.
We have extensive experience of abuse claims act for local authorities across the country in sexual and physical abuse claims whether brought in negligence or under vicarious liability principles. Weightmans has particular expertise in multi-claimant and group litigation cases and can also provide advice on the closely related issues of reputational damage and media coverage that these often high profile cases bring with them.