Grahame Brennand accused of 22 offences of indecent assault and cruelty to children

A former deputy head teacher has today (Monday, May 22nd) been summonsed for historical sex offences and child cruelty.

Grahame Brennand, 69, of Calder Avenue, Preston is accused of 22 offences of indecent assault and cruelty against a total of 11 victims, both male and female, at St John’s Primary School in Baxenden.

The alleged offences were committed between 1973 and 1996.

Mr Brennand now faces a total of 46 offences.

In March he was charged with 24 counts of indecent assault against 13 former female pupils at the same school.

Those alleged offences were committed between 1974 and 1988 when Mr Brennand was a teacher and then deputy head teacher at the school.

All the victims were aged 10 at the time.

Brennand is due to appear before Preston Crown Court on June 23rd 2017.

Verisona have substantial expertise in pursuing claims such as these and in fact have ongoing litigation against Lancashire County Council in respect of another School.

If you, or a loved one, have been affected by child abuse, please do not hesitate to contact our team of experienced lawyers who will be happy to speak to you about whether it may be possible to bring a claim.


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.

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.

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"Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
Once again thank you sincerely for your time and patience in dealing with my case."

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  • "Your help in pursuing and fighting my case is greatly appreciated, not by just myself but my whole family. Only through the progression of the case have I found it easier to talk about it and this has helped deal with something I had locked away since the day I left the school. It has allowed me to talk about my experiences far more openly and without the stigma of shame I had felt for so long.
    Once again thank you sincerely for your time and patience in dealing with my case."

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