Bristol scout leader will not face a second sexual abuse trial - Civil claims for compensation still viable

A Scout leader who had a secret sexual attraction to small boys abused several youngsters who he was supposed to be looking after, a court heard.

Rex Meaden was jailed in September after being found guilty of groping one of the youngsters in his care. But, following coverage of his trial in The Post, another victim came forward and reporting of the case was postponed pending another trial due to take place next summer. Now, after discussions which included the new victim, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided not to pursue the matter.

Rupert Lowe, prosecuting solicitor, said: "If other allegations emerge there are foreseeable circumstances in which one might request permission to re-open proceedings." At Meaden's trial in July, the jury heard he carried out the sexual abuse when he was in charge of a Bristol cub pack in the 1970s.

At Verisona Law we have expertise in dealing with cases against Scoutmasters and are instructed in respect of a number of cases where allegations are made. Individuals who make allegations whether they have secured a conviction or not will still have a potential claim to bring against the Scouts Association.

If you or somebody you know were subjected to abuse please do not hesitate to contact Charles Derham our specialist child abuse solicitor. We will treat any communications with the strictest of confidence.


Charles has considerable specialist experience in pursuing claims for compensation for those who have been abused in childhood. His specific expertise means that he is recognised locally, nationally and internationally for his work which has taken him all over the world including, USA, Australia and New Zealand.

He is also recognised for his significant involvement in the high profile litigation against St Georges School (Anglemoss Limited) and Cyntwell High School. These cases involved a staggering number of individuals who pursued those responsible whom despite heavily defending the claims brought against them settled by way of out of court settlements.

Charles regularly features in local and national press and he is often asked to provide his professional opinion and commentary on relevant abuse law issues and developments on radio and television broadcasts. Such broadcasts include BBC South Today, BBC Wales, ITV and ITN News.

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Charles obtained his Law degree at Kingston University, before successfully completing his Legal Practice Course. He trained and qualified with Verisona Law beginning his specialism in the field of child abuse claims. He received his higher rights of Audience in 2012 making him one of the youngest Solicitor-Advocates in the country who is able to represent his clients in the High Court. Charles is head of the abuse team who collectively have secured compensation for hundreds of victims of abuse.

He began diversifying in to other aspects of abuse law and his team are one of the very few in the country who specialise in claims against social services.

He is involved in complex group action litigation and also represents a number of individuals and who are pursuing private companies, local authorities and perpetrators in pursuit of their justice.

Charles has strong contacts with some of the most prominent barristers who advise on abuse claims including a number of QC’s. He also has robust connections with highly qualified expert witnesses he instructs in support of those who he represents.

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