Haut de la Garenne - Calls for Enquiry


On behalf of our Haut de la Garenne clients we express our grave concern at the announcement made yesterday, by Senator Terry Le Sueur, as now reported in the Jersey media, that there is not to be a public enquiry into the historic abuse allegations, whether at Haut de la Garenne or anywhere else. Senator Walker had previously stated there was to be a public enquiry. Accordingly, without a satisfactory explanation as to yesterday’s decision not to hold such an enquiry, the Haut de la Garenne victims are justifiably both surprised and concerned by this latest turn of events. Whilst many of those victims have been able to give evidence in criminal proceedings, and so had the opportunity to tell their stories, that is only part of the tragic history, much of which remains to be told. Other victims have not been so fortunate, and had rightly anticipated that they would have been able to have given their accounts at the public enquiry previously promised. It can only be right that they are able to do so, and indeed it is difficult to see, let alone understand, how those stories can now be told in the absence of a public enquiry. It must surely be in the in the interests of all, that those who witnessed or were affected by those terrible events are able to give their account, and that their experiences are acknowledged, not just for their sake, but also for society as a whole. If you require any further information please contact: Alan Collins – Solicitor Verisona Solicitors & Advocates 64 West Street Havant Hants PO9 1PA Tel: 023 9249 2472 Fax: 023 9249 2462 Email: alc@verisona.com

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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