Legal precedent set in relation to damages for 'sexting' – a new era of abuse compensation claims?

The legal precedent was set in a case where a girl was encouraged to text sexually-explicit photographs of herself to a teacher . She was awarded £25,000 in compensation.

It means anyone manipulated into sending or receiving a sexually-explicit message or image, and who suffers psychological harm as a result, can now bring a claim for compensation.

This case involved a pupil who when she was a teenager developed a friendship with a teacher.

The victim’s civil action for damages was based on a claim that the encouragement by the teacher of the exchange of text messages and images would inevitably cause her psychological harm.

Although the texts and images themselves were not directly intended to cause her harm, the court found there are some consequences of conduct that are so obvious “the perpetrator cannot realistically say that the consequences were unintended”.

And it was obvious in this case that the illicit relationship would eventually cause nothing but harm to a vulnerable young woman coerced into sending the pictures by an individual in a position of trust.

This means that anyone involved in sexting another person needs to be sure that person is psychologically robust, is not vulnerable and is consenting to the exchange of messages and images.

Such ground-breaking precedent means that anybody who is manipulated or forced in to sending or receiving sexually explicit images or messages who subsequently suffers harm could bring a claim for compensation.


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.

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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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