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Could Jimmy Savile’s employers be liable for his actions?

 Daniel Barnett asks what recourse Jimmy Savile's victims may have through the civil courts

30 October 2012

Allegations of sexual assault by Jimmy Savile against young women in the 1960s and 1970s are being investigated by the metropolitan police; but as he died in October 2011, he can never face criminal charges in respect of these accusations.

If a victim were to sue through the civil courts, Savile’s estate would be entitled to deploy any and all defences that would have been available to him were he still alive and only being sued now. However, before that could happen any alleged victim hoping to bring a claim would have to convince a court to try allegations about events that took place 40 years ago. Ordinarily, individuals have only three years in which to bring such a claim.

However, Judges have a discretion to allow lawsuits to proceed after this three year time limit has expired. When deciding whether to permit claims, a Judge would consider why Savile’s alleged victims waited so lon...

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