Sexual abuse allegations in Australian defence force

Three former members told ABC’s  “Four Corners” programme that they were either beaten or sexually assaulted and then urged to keep quiet. One was a former naval cadet who described being raped as a 17-year-old by three male cadets and said she was told by investigators to lie on tape by stating that the sex was consensual. The review into sexual abuse in the ustralian military received such a high volume of complaints that it is being extended. The government asked a law firm to begin a review following a sex scandal at an ustralian defence academy. The Australian defence minister said investigators were dealing with more than 1,000 allegations of abuse.

Investigations began after two cadets from the Australian efence Force cademy were accused of secretly filming a female cadet having sex and broadcasting it on the internet. They have now been charged in connection with the incident, which raised questions about the treatment of women within the Australian defence establishment. For more on this story and up-dates go to:  www.bbc.co.uk/news  and  http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2011/s3242875.htm  Alan Collins  alc@verisona.com

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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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