Saying a big thanks to Irish Legal News for featuring me this week. Here’s an excerpt to start you off…..
This week Deirdre Burke of Burke Legal, a specialist family and child law solicitor in Co Wicklow, speaks to Irish Legal News for our regular Just A Minute feature.
ILN: What has been your best experience as a lawyer?
Without a doubt this was being the lead solicitor in a High Court case in 2015 which created a new International Tort.
I have regularly represented victims of childhood sexual abuse in the courts, and this was a particular case, where we asked the High Court to make a leap with the law.
We sought and were granted a Declaration that the particular relationship and control which an abuser exerts over a child, from the first point of contact, throughout the abuse, and beyond, is in itself a Civil Wrong. We called this new Tort a “Continuum of Oppression”.
This was ground-breaking for victims of abuse, and was a huge acknowledgement of the massive hurt caused to victims, outside of the individual and collective assaults.
The fact that this was new International as well as Irish Law made this an incredible achievement and proud moment for the whole legal team, and huge vindication for our client.
The case was Walsh v Byrne, a decision of Mr Justice Michael White.
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