Haut de la Garenne - Press Release

Proceedings have been issued in the High Court in London against the States of Jersey in relation to the claims for compensation that are being pursued by the victims of alleged physical and sexual abuse at the Jersey children’s home, Haut De La Garenne. Alan Collins, Solicitor-Advocate of Hampshire solicitors, Verisona, who act for 38 victims, said today: “Proceedings have been issued because, in spite of assurances from the States of Jersey that there would be an attempt to address the victims’ claims outside the adversarial process, no proposals have been forthcoming and as far as I am concerned, no serious attempt at dialogue let alone negotiation has been made by the States of Jersey. “The victims’ cases have been treading water for far too long. Many have had to give evidence in criminal proceedings which has resulted in abusers being convicted. This was a harrowing experience. They have shown great fortitude and patience with the States of Jersey, and so they can be forgiven for concluding, given

The complete failure to attempt to resolve the claims on its part, that enough is enough. Let’s get the case before the court and allow the judge to decide whether we should be compensated”. Mr. Collins explained that proceedings will be issued on a case by case basis. Damages are being sought for the pain and suffering arising from the physical and sexual abuse sustained whilst the clients resided at Haut de la Garenne. Many were abused by members of staff (some of whom have been convicted). He argues that the States as the employers are legally responsible for the abuse committed by the staff, and as a consequence, should compensate the victims. For further information on the above press release please contact either Alan Collins on 023 9249 2472. You can read the BB report by clicking here. Listen to Alan Collins interview on IIV News here.

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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.

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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.

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

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