Individuals urged to assist in investigations - Winton House

We continue to deal with a number of physical and sexual abuse claims against the presiding county council arising from abuse which took place during the 1970s at Winton House, in Winchester, a boarding school for boys. We are currently dealing with in 23 claims in relation to this particular school. Children were commonly placed at Winton House either via the juvenile courts as a result of criminal proceedings or via care orders as a result of social services intervention. Winton House was divided into a system of individual houses, known as Castle, Wessex, & Purbrook, with separate dormitories for each house. Physical and sexual bullying between pupils within the individual houses raged unchecked. The regime at Winton House was grim due to the level of violence and the frequency of sexual misbehaviour. Following a police investigation, criminal proceedings against Mr. Park, the gardener at Winton House in the early 1970s, resulted in five guilty convictions for indecent assault. The police owing to further individiausl coming forward have reopened the investigation and are making further enquiries. Claims include damage for the actual assaults, and damages for psychiatric injuries in later life. The abuse may give rise to claims for loss of earnings, disadvantage on the open labour market, and cost of psychological therapy. We have extensive experience in helping victims of abuse, such as those exposed to the abuse listed above. It could be that your evidence can be linked with other group actions we are pursuing to ensure a successful result. Whether your abuse was sexual, physical or both, you should contact us to talk about claiming compensation from your attacker or an organisation or person that failed to protect you from the abuse. We understand it is a big step for someone to talk about the abuse that they have suffered, so we do everything we can to make it as stress-free as possible for you to talk to us. We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. If you or somebody you know were subject 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.

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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.

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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