Legal Aid Victims

The Government's proposed reforms to Public Funding ("Legal Aid") and "access to justice" would potentially have a negative impact on victims' ability to pursue claims against abusers and any responsible bodies. Here is my letter on the subject published in The Times on 28th July 2011: Sir, The Government’s proposed legal aid and access to justice reforms ( letter 27July) are so illogical that a victim of sexual abuse is going to be better off financially, in may cases, claiming compensation from the taxpayer funder criminal injuries compensation scheme than they would if they sued the abuser. The reason being that the government wishes to tip, as it sees it, the scales of justice back towards the defendant, which includes convicted sex offenders, and to do so by restricting the victim’s ability to recover costs in successful cases. he net result is that a victim who is awarded damages by the courts will be required to use these to fund some of his or her own costs. he beneficiary of this largesse is the defendant. If the damages awarded in this country were not as paltry as they are, this maybe not so much as issue. As it is the Government in its proposals is the handmaiden of the guilty and the enemy of the innocent. Yours sincerely Alan Collins


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

"Thank you for all your much appreciated hard work. I will truly never forget your kindness towards me. Your patience, respect and understanding at all times was beyond words. The sincere compassion shown meant more to me than words could ever express. This firm will forever hold a special place in my heart."


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