Suing the Church – how one City litigator pursued an abuse claim against the Catholic Church
I litigated for seven years against the Catholic Church and its insurers, Zurich. In doing so, I wore several hats – as former litigation partner with Pinsent Masons, as the client in a high-profile action, as a sexual abuse victim and latterly as a mentor to other claimants. Over the years, I had to draw heavily on my 16 years doing commercial cases. Finally, in November 2012, after two trials totalling 15 days, one appeal and several interlocutory applications, I was awarded £55,000 damages by Mrs Justice Swift arising from sexual assaults by a Jesuit priest in the 1970s.
City litigator Patrick Raggett recounts the turmoil and ultimate vindication he faced in pursuing a damages claim against the Catholic Church for abuse suffered as a schoolboy
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