Victory at the High Court for abuse victim

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Nick Hind, associate solicitor in the personal injury department of Bennett Griffin, Worthing, comments:-

“The Catholic Church and errant members of its clergy seem to be never far from the headlines these days, and thankfully there was a victory for common sense and the victims of abuse at the High Court today when the Court ruled in a test case that the Church is responsible for the damaging behaviour of its clergy despite there being no formal contract of employment between the Church and its priests.  The Church should therefore be treated in the same way as any other employer in respect of any harm done by its employees.  It’s called vicarious liability.

Despite the Church’s apparent commitment to investigate instances of alleged abuse and to root out the perpetrators, it has still decided to seek leave to appeal against the ruling leaving the victim, and potentially thousands of others, in limbo.”