Newport headteacher Jon Styler abuse allegations - how many more suffered?

New claims surrounding a former headteacher of hurch in Wales primary school at Malpas near Newport who killed himself when he was confronted with an allegation of child abuse suggest he was one of the most prolific paedophiles in recent Welsh history. BBC One Wales programme Week In Week Out has been told by solicitors representing several of his alleged victims that Jon Styler is now thought to have targeted around 100 boys. It seems that only the minority have come forward and are being represented. I have been heavily involved in extensive litigation in Cardiff, Wales and have successfully obtained damages for nearly 30 individuals whom made allegations against a dead perpetrator. The focus needs to be on who was running the school and who employed Styler? The School is a voluntary controlled school and although it is likely the buildings and land are owned by the Diocese, I anticipate that Newport City Council employed Styler thus potentially making themselves automatically liable for the abuse. These cases are complex, not least so when there is a dead perpetrator and no conviction. Those wishing to bring a claim for compensation need to ensure that they instruct specialist and experienced lawyers to investigate on their behalf.

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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