Rydal Penrhos Independent School, Colwyn Bay

Police confirm 1970s abuse allegation at Rydal School, olwyn Bay North Wales Police have confirmed that an allegation of abuse has been made by a former pupil at a school in onwy. Officers are now waiting for an official statement from the victim to proceed. Rydal Penrhos Independent School, Colwyn Bay, says the allegations date back to the 1970s. There is no suggestion that they relate to any pupils or staff currently at the school. According to the school there is no formal police investigation, and no civil proceedings have been initiated. In a statement the head, Patrick Lee Browne, said an allegation of abuse has been made by a man while he was a pupil at Rydal School in the 1970s. "There has been no suggestion that the allegations relate to any pupils or staff currently at the school, or that there are any concerns for the wellbeing and protection of current pupils," he said. "The fact that these are historic allegations does not, however, make them less serious. "We have invited the former pupil to formalise his complaint by initiating a police investigation, and we have provided the police with all the relevant information and are giving them every assistance we can." Mr Browne said the school was carrying out its own investigation into the allegations. "While that process is under way it would not be appropriate for me to say anything further," he added. If you were subject to abuse or you know of a friend or relative who was please get in touch in the strictest of confidence. Charles Derham crd@verisona.com 02392492472


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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