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Bryn Alyn Victory

Posted on: June 26, 2001

Former residents of the Bryn Alyn Community have today succeeded in a High Court battle for compensation

14 former residents of the Bryn Alyn Community in North Wales have today succeeded in their claim to the High Court for compensation.

The Claimants who were subjected to sexual abuse, physical abuse and emotional abuse within the Bryn Alyn Community by John Allen and other members of staff were awarded damages for the injury sustained as a result of the abuse. Awards were also made in respect of loss of earnings, both past and future, and for Therapy

Connell J, the High Court Judge who heard the case, held that the Bryn Alyn Community owed to each of the Claimants a duty of care and that Bryn Alyn breached that duty of care to the Claimants. Bryn Alyn was responsible under the legal principle of vicarious liability for the acts of the employees who abused the Claimants.

The claims had been brought many years after the abuse had occured. The Court held that the Claimants claims were statute barred but allowed the claims to proceed under s.33 Limitation Act 1980. The Court held that the delay in bringing the proceedings was attributable to an entirely understandable lack of confidence and/or ability to talk to others at an earlier stage about their unhappy and embarrassing experiences. The Court stated that it would be prejudicial and unjust to deprive the Claimants of a remedy.

The Claimants were represented by Uppal Taylor Solicitors.

Uppal Taylor Solicitors are specialist child abuse compensation solicitors.

If you wish to speak with a specialist child abuse compensation solicitor in the strictest of confidence please call 0115 982 0770. In the alternative, you can make an online enquiry

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