John Smyth: a timeline

Further to the Church of England’s recent update on 28 April 2022, we have indexed the posts on L&RUK which have followed the timeline of events since 2017.


Church statement: safeguarding at Iwerne Trust, Statements from the Church of England, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and the Titus Trust. (2 February 2017).

Nasty goings-on at Iwerne holiday camp, Weekly round-up on “Brexit yet again, child abuse, abortion, deposition from Orders – the usual mix…” . (5 February 2017).

And finally… Law and religion round-up – 19th August. Comment from Andrew Brown in Church Times on the sincerity, or otherwise, of the phrase “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the news of John Smyth’s death”. (19 August 2018).

Peter Ball – legislation, then and now (III), What next after the IICSA Peter Ball Inquiry? (21 August 2018).

Law & Religion 2018 and 2019: retrospect and prospect, Coverage of IICSA hearing on Peter Ball (3 January 2019).

Quick Links, Law and religion round-up 21 April 2019. Some links on safeguarding (scroll down) (21 April 2019).

Church of England commissions review into Smyth case, Law and religion round-up 17 August 2019. Makin Review commissioned on 13 August 2019. (17 August 2019).

Safeguarding in the Church of England, Law and religion round-up 24 November 2019. Scripture Union declined to participate in the Review and The Titus Trust stated that it is restricted in its participation in the review by ongoing legal action and it is not able to engage in the Review until this has been resolved. (24 November 2019).

Review: Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church Wimbledon, (5 December 2019). Announcement on 5 Decemeber 2019 by Thirtyone:eight that it had been commissioned by Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon to undertake an independent lessons learnt review concerning Jonathan Fletcher and Emmanuel Church.

Peter Ball – the on-going legacy, (19 January 2020).

John Smyth review – Update, On 28 April 2020, the Church of England issued the Press Release John Smyth review – timing of publication, to which the short answer is “completion is now expected into 2021”. (28 April 2020).

Vicarious Liability, Law and religion round-up – 5th April, (5 April 2020). Judgment WM Morrison Supermarkets plc v Various Claimants [2020] UKSC 12, and statement by Titus Trust on reaching a settlement with three men “who have suffered for many years because of the appalling abuse of John Smyth”.

Law and religion round-up – 3rd May, (4 May 2020). Titus Trust resigns on 9 April, six days after the Trust announced that it had reached a financial settlement with three of John Smyth’s victims.

Archbishop of Canterbury: safeguarding update, On 12 November, the Church of England published an update on safeguarding complaint against the Archbishop of Canterbury. (12 November 2020).

Lord Carey’s PTO reinstated. Statement from Lord Carey on reinstatement of his PTO by the Bishop of Oxford, (25 January 2021).

Law and religion round-up – 28th February, John Smyth Review, (28 February 2021).

Law and religion round-up – 1st August, Church of England: Update on Smyth Review, An update on timing for the Smyth Review from the National Safeguarding Team. (1 August 2021).

Smyth Review update, Yet another update from the Church of England, stating “[t]here will be further updates when more precise timings are known”. (28 April 2022).


Cite this article as: David Pocklington, "John Smyth: a timeline" in Law & Religion UK, 3 May 2022, https://lawandreligionuk.com/2022/05/03/john-smyth-a-timeline/

 

1 thought on “John Smyth: a timeline

  1. I’m surprised that nowhere in this timeline is there a statement from Smyth’s former Chambers (which the Times Archive indicates was 1 Crown Office Row, which still exists). As the evidence in the inquiry has indicated Smyth used mini-pupillages and shadowing him in court as a method of grooming, it’s disappointing the chambers hasn’t come forward and issued an apology and stated their intent to cooperate with the inquiry (to my knowledge, anyway).

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