Ten new claims against Cyntwell High School teacher under investigation

Ten new possible claims against a city teacher dating back to the 1960s and 70s are being investigated with eight of the potential laimant's instructing Verisona. It comes after seven former pupils who say they were abused by their art teacher at a Cardiff school have received around £350,000 in payouts. David Leighton avies was convicted of sexual offences against three 15-year-old boys in 1977 and died shortly after his release from prison in 1980. Those attacks took place away from the school, which had closed in 1972. The seven men have been receiving the payouts since 2011 for abuse allegedly suffered at the former Cyntwell High School, in Ely. The alleged abuse is said to have happened in the 1960s and 1970s and ranges from sexual touching to rape. BBC Wales has now reported that Davies taught at Glyn erw High after yntwell closed, and some of the allegations relate to his time there. One of the men who contacted lawyers after the story was broadcast said he was sexually abused by avies both at Glyn Derw and at his home. “It made me withdraw back into myself and my schooling went downhill,” the man told the BBC. He said it made him feel like he always wanted to run away and added: “And the pressure of that meant I couldn’t wait to leave school and actually start work and basically run away from everybody and everything.” In a statement last year, Cardiff council said: “Claims have been received by ardiff council with regard to alleged sexual abuse relating to Cyntwell High School dating back to the 1960s and 1970s, while under the responsibility of one of ardiff council’s predecessor authorities. “The claims were settled out of court by the council’s insurers, with no admission of liability.” 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.

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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