Colin Gregg arrives at Newcastle Crown Court to face historical indecent assault charges

The former headteacher and son of the famous bakery chain’s founder Colin Gregg has been charged with 26 counts of indecent assault.

Dressed in a navy padded jacket with a yellow flower in the buttonhole, Gregg made his way into the Quayside court building for the first day of his trial this morning.

The 73-year-old, from Gosforth, Newcastle, was formerly a director at the baked goods giant, established by his father in the 1930s.

In the 1970s, he worked as a children’s officer with social services before becoming a teacher.

While teaching, he launched the Greggs Children’s Cancer Run, after a pupil was diagnosed with kidney cancer and given a 30% chance of survival.

It has since raised more than £5m for the North of England Children’s Cancer Research, in Newcastle.

The trial is expected to last around six weeks.

If you have been affected by anything written in today’s blog, or you need some advice and support, then you can call the legal team here at Verisona Law. We have many years’ experience in sensitively handling many cases like these and we would be happy to help.


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.

Charles is a member of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

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.

  • Child abuse claims
  • Claims against social services
  • Complex/Catastrophic Clinical Negligence claims

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