Jordans Solicitors act for a substantial number of Claimants who were physically and sexually abused whilst in care at the notorious St Williams Childrens Home, in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire. As advised in this article, a number of criminal charges are pending against former members of staff at the home, in addition to the custodial sentences handed to the principal of the home, “Brother” James Carragher, of 7 years in 1994 and 14 years in 2003.
A number of victims have made civil claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Brotherhood, to compensate them for the abuse that they have suffered and the long term effects the abuse has had on their lives. These civil cases are now moving forward, following long periods of delay, caused in part, by technical arguments raised by the Brotherhood and the Catholic Church.
At a hearing in the High Court in Leeds on 6 June 2013, the Court ordered that an initial tranche of some 113 cases will proceed as sample cases, with evidence to be exchanged, over the course of the following 9 months.
Christine Sands, Deputy Managing Partner of Lead Solicitors Jordans said “We will continue to liaise with both the Defendants and with other firms who act for some of the Claimants in this action, throughout this period of investigation, and hope that, following this exchange of information, the parties will be able to engage in meaningful settlement negotiations, on all claims arising from this abuse, bringing some form of closure to decades of pain and suffering caused to the victims”.