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Public inquiries

Public Inquiries

The Director of this firm Mr Billhar Uppal and his team of expert solicitors have more than 30 years of experience in dealing with Public Inquiries into institutions which have failed to protect vulnerable children in their care from suffering physical and sexual abuse.

This includes the following inquiries:

Frank Beck Inquiry – The Kirkwood Inquiry (1992)

Mr Uppal was the first solicitor to bring claims on behalf of former residents of a Children’s Home for abuse and maltreatment suffered in a residential setting.

In the early 1990s, Mr Uppal acted for a number of Claimants who brought proceedings against Leicestershire County Council after they had suffered sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Frank Beck who was in charge of three Council-run Children’s Homes; the matter came to the Court in 1996 and the Claimants won their case, obtaining compensation for the abuse and subsequent effects.

The Leicestershire claims were the first claims of this nature to reach the courts and to attract the level of publicity that they did. The Leicestershire claims are arguably the start of all the claims to follow and the considerable development of the law and rights of those that have been abused whilst in care.

Our notable cases:

North West Child Abuse Actions (1996)

In 1996, Mr Uppal was part of the three-member steering committee in the North West Child Abuse Actions, then guiding and developing the knowledge of the firm then running those actions, namely, Abney Garsden McDonald, now part of Simpson Millar.

North Wales Tribunal of Inquiry – The Waterhouse Report (1997 – 2000)

Between 1997 and 2000, Mr Uppal was involved in the North Wales Tribunal of Inquiry (also known as the Waterhouse Report) which looked at widespread abuse and maltreatment of children within Children’s Homes in North Wales, which included infamous homes such as Ty-r-Felin, Bryn Estyn and the Bryn Alyn Community of homes and he subsequently acted for Claimants who successfully sued for compensation.

Our notable cases:

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Our cases

Armes (NA) -v- Nottinghamshire County Council – A welcome victory for abused foster children Supreme Court rule child abuse victory for Nottingham Claimant against Nottinghamshire County Council Today, the Supreme Court gave a much-awaited judgement in the case of Armes (NA) -v- Nottinghamshire County Council finding that local authorities are vicariously liable for the actions of foster parents. The claimant,…

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Notable cases

Court hands down judgement in B&B – v – Leicestershire County Council and rules that Local Authorities owe a non-delegable duty of care to children who are placed in foster care. The Claimants were represented by Mr. Christopher Ratcliffe, solicitor, of Uppal Taylor Solicitors and Mr. Philip Turton, barrister, of Ropewalk Chambers, Nottingham. The Claimants brought proceedings against the Local…

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Stockport MP, Ann Coffey, says rise in number of children being “farmed out” to care homes. 2012 government reforms made a pledge to reduce the number of “out of borough placements” to help combat child sexual exploitation, but Ministers are now being accused of breaking that promise. Labour MP Ann Coffey is expected to use a Commons debate later to…

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