New cases we are investigating

We have some new cases that we need help with. There are two in particular. Leslie Carter - anglican priest he BB reported on this case. The former Anglican chaplin pleaded guilty to several indecent assaults on boys in his care between 1957 and 1977. The first boy was assaulted when Carter was chaplain to St George's School in ape own, Harrow rown ourt heard. His other victims were abused after his appointment in 1968 to Quainton Hall School in Harrow, north-west London. 'Abused trust' His Honour Judge Graham White warned arter he was keeping "all options open" ahead of sentencing on 19 October. He said: "You pleaded guilty to what are very serious offences involving the sexual abuse of young boys who were in your charge. "You abused your position of trust both as a priest and a teacher. "I have to tell you that all sentencing options remain open and that a sentence of imprisonment is the most likely outcome."

Justin Bearman, prosecuting, told the court that Carter had returned from South frica to the UK in 1962 and taken up a post of school chaplain at Quainton Hall six years later. Summing up the case against arter, he said: "The defendant... used his position of respect, his position as an nglican priest and a school teacher to breach that trust in the most devastating way possible towards these three young men over an extensive period of time." The second case is: Brian Court Court was convicted of indecently assaulting three Hampshire army cadets during the early 1990s. Please contact us to discuss in confidence. Alan Collins Charles Derham 02392 492472


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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