Scotland review the Law in relation to compensation

The Scottish Government have been in discussions over amending the law to provide easier access to compensation claims for victims of childhood sexual abuse.  It is clear that they have realised that the strict limitation on bringing an action may be suitable for a general personal injury claim but in an area such as historic abuse, the law severely hinders those who have possible claims. It is clear that the Scottish Government are investigating into the Irish Redress Boards Compensation scheme, there is no mention that they have also considered the compensation schemes as set up in Western Australia. Unfortunately the legislation has not been amended significantly enough for it to have a positive effect.  The stretch of a 3 year time bar to a 5 year bar is still not good enough.  Those who wish to bring claims in their later years after the abuse has had its effect will still face the same hurdles in pursuing their claim. It is clear that the time bar issue needs to be addressed for historic abuse cases, although the assistance of case law and S33 of the Limitation act 1980 provide a possible break through the time bar issue, it is never a certainty. The need for a review on limitation in historic abuse cases needs to be addressed in the English Legal System...only time will tell.  Click the links below for more information: Law change on child abuse compensation is welcomed Payout plans have let us down, say abuse victims


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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