Peter Dunbar given a suspended prison sentence in relation to indecent assaults when a teacher at Blue Coat School, Edgbaston

RETIRED teacher who indecently assaulted boys at a boarding school in Birmingham during the 1960s and 1970s has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Peter Dunbar, of Bridgehouse Gate, North Yorkshire was handed two 10 month prison terms, suspended for 18 months, when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today (Monday 13 January). The 67-year-old, who has also worked as a vicar, admitted six counts of indecent assault against two boys at Blue Coat School on Somerset Road in Edgbaston when they were aged between 10 and 13. He was arrested from his home in North Yorkshire in March 2013 after one of the victims broke their silence and confided in police in November 2012. Investigating officer PC Nadia lazzawi, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: "Dunbar’s victims have been haunted by what happened to them for many decades and have had to live for years with the impact of his actions. "Thankfully they had the courage to eventually tell someone and now they’ve got the justice they deserve, knowing Dunbar has been held accountable for what he did to them. "I suspect there may be others out there who have suffered at his hands and, if there are, I would urge them to speak to police, because we can take action, regardless of how much time has passed." 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.


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.

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