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Double Vicarious Liability in St. Williams Group Action

The Supreme Court have reversed the Court of Appeal decision by holding that not only the distant managers but also the brotherhood who “employed” the abusive priests are to blame.

Judges said the De La Salle Brotherhood was liable along with the Middlesbrough diocese which owned the school.

The BBC puts it thus –

“A Catholic teaching institute is liable for alleged physical and sexual abuse at a former boys’ school, the Supreme Court has ruled.

Claims of abuse are being made by 170 former pupils of St William’s in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire.

Judges said the De La Salle Brotherhood was liable along with the Middlesbrough diocese which owned the school.

The BBC’s Danny Shaw said it was a landmark ruling which could affect other claims of abuse at institutions.”

The Claimants were represented by our own Executive Officer David Greenwood.

This case has been going on since 2001. David will no doubt be relieved that settlements can hopefully be offered by the Church.

To read the BBC Report click here

One thought on “Double Vicarious Liability in St. Williams Group Action

  1. I’m one of them, if not thee 1st of the 170 and i am not happy it has dragged on for so long, each establishments are to blame for this delay through the courts and yet NO OFFICIAL apologies! thats what annoys a lot of the victims, we were the liars and the church (who never does wrong) were the innocent many years back when all these things were happening to us youngsters ! me amongst them (1981-1984).

    horrible horrible place, 30 years on and it still affects me…

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