Call for Barclays to pay victims of sex assault doctor


Barclays under pressure to provide quick compensation to 126 former employees who say they were sexually assaulted by a doctor hired by the bank

Alex Hawkes, Financial Mail on Sunday

Barclays is under pressure to provide quick compensation to 126 former employees who say they were sexually assaulted by a doctor hired by the bank.

The bank lost a legal bid to escape liability for the claims last week in the Court of Appeal. It is now considering turning to the Supreme Court and it may argue that the action was too late.

Weathering a storm: The bank lost a legal bid to escape liability for the claims last week in the Court of Appeal

Weathering a storm: The bank lost a legal bid to escape liability for the claims last week in the Court of Appeal

Weathering a storm: The bank lost a legal bid to escape liability for the claims last week in the Court of Appeal

Claims usually have to be brought within three years, but courts can make exceptions.

Scores of women allege they were sexually assaulted by the late Dr Gordon Bates who examined prospective employees between 1968 and 1984. He died in 2009.

Jessica Handley, a solicitor at Slater and Gordon which represents 24 of the women, said: ‘The claimants would like to resolve this as soon as possible.’

Barclays said it ‘sympathises with all of the claimants’.

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