Jordans Solicitors, Lead Solicitors in litigation involving over 250 men who were physically and sexually abused whilst at the notorious St Williams Childrens’ Home in Market Weighton, yesterday secured a ruling from the High Court in Leeds that may give some finality to this long running litigation.

His Honour Judge Gosnell presiding over the case has ordered that a number of lead cases are to be selected and listed for Trial in May 2015, where issues will be heard that will affect the remaining cases in the Group with a view to these cases being settled.

HHJ Gosnell was hopeful that between now and the Trials, a number of these cases would be settled between the parties bringing an end to this long running saga between the Claimants’ solicitors and the solicitors acting for the Defendants – the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Brotherhood, the religious order whose members are alleged to have carried out various acts of physical and sexual abuse on hundreds of boys between 1958 and 1992, when the school closed.

James Carragher was a member of the brotherhood, and was convicted on a number of counts of physical and sexual abuse against boys at St Williams in both 1993 and 2004, and sentenced to 7 and 14 years respectively.

Christine Sands, Head of Personal Injury at Jordans Solicitors, stated “The ruling today is positive news for all of those affected by the abuse at St Williams. This litigation has been ongoing for many years and we are hopeful now that the Trials listed will result in meaningful settlements for those affected, enabling all parties to have some form of closure.”

If you have been affected by events at St Williams and would like further information, or to discuss any issues in confidence, please contact Jordans on 0800 9555 094 and speak to one of our experienced child abuse lawyers.

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