Keoghs Insight

We keep you up-to-date on emerging market issues and their impact on the insurance sector,
through a variety of publications, events and our leading market initiatives.

Client Alerts 09/09/2021

Blackpool v DSN - Court of Appeal decision

The Court of Appeal has handed down its judgment in Blackpool Football Club v DSN. This decision has been eagerly anticipated  as it could have far reaching implications on cases of a similar nature

Blogs 13/08/2021

Ofsted report and guidance following ‘Everyone’s Invited’

In early 2021, the prevalence of sexual abuse and harassment in schools was highlighted through thousands of allegations made on the website ‘Everyone’s Invited’. To date, over 51,000 anonymous testimonies have been published on the website. A great number of these refer to abuse in schools, with a particular emphasis on peer-on-peer abuse in schools.

Client Alerts 01/07/2021

AB v Chethams School of Music

In the case of "AB v Chethams School of Music," the high court found for the claimant on both limitation and vicarious liability despite the claim being brought 17 years out of time. In this piece, Chris Wilson and Hanah Kirkman look at the details of the case and possible implications in future abuse cases.

Blogs 29/06/2021

Changes to Canon law

On Tuesday 1 June 2021, Pope Francis announced the most extensive revisions to the Code of Canon Law since 1983. Canon law, often referred to as Vatican law, is the legal framework for the Catholic Church. The revisions, which have been in the works since 2009, will come into force on 8 December 2021.

Client Alerts 22/06/2021

Limitation in abuse cases considered in Scottish courts

The historical abuse case of B & C v Sailors Society has resulted in a welcome decision from Lady Carmichael. She decided that a fair trial was not possible. Calum Fife and Chris Rea summarise the reasons for the decision and any potential implications on future cases.

Blogs 09/06/2021

Abuse and the illegality defence: Supreme Court guidance

Civil claims for abuse often include attempts to claim for losses flowing from criminal behaviour, most commonly drug use, which is alleged to have occurred as a result of the abuse they suffered. In this respect, the established law from the House of Lords decision in Gray v Thames Trains Ltd in 2009 has always made it clear that under the defence of illegality (“ex turpi causa”) a claimant is not entitled to recover any damages for the consequences of their criminal behaviour, including the illegal use of drugs, even if it is found that they would not have engaged in such criminal behaviour but for the alleged abuse.