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Are you asking if he is liable?
Ok So are you asking if you are ?
There is a claim against you in principle essentially in negligence. The argument being that you failed to exercise control over your son.
The reality is that a 16 year old would usually be considered an autonomous young man and it would be hard to show negligence against you unless there was clear evidence of knowledge and consent.
Their claim against him is much better though.
Can I clarify anything for you?
Because he is liable.
He cannot defend on the basis he is 16.
They can a CCJ fairly easily.
How they enforce is another matter.
I suppose they could seek a CCJ and enforce in later years when he is working.
But probably they are trying to get around this by suing you.