Unearthing historical crimes through the media

Last month, I wrote a blog about a child abuse case, where a man who worked at a school in the 80s ended up pleading guilty to a number of attacks on boys whilst working at the school (http://www.verisonalaw.com/news-item/prosecutors-terra-nova). Part of that story looked at how media coverage of the case themselves, was useful in encouraging people to come forward so that criminals can be brought to justice.

Following on from that story, it looks as though further investigations and media coverage has resulted in more abuse victims speaking out on other cases. The on-going Savile scandal and the recent TV coverage has encouraged more people to come forward. In a programme shown on 11th April on BBC One called “Abused: The Untold Story”, many claimed the fear of not being believed as a reason for not speaking out against the serial abuser.

The stories from the victims were eerily similar. They all illustrated the horror of what they were subjected to, yet forced to hide it for so many years – some even saying that it has affected their lives and relationships long into adulthood. All the time, they lived in the true belief that nobody would listen to them and their voices would not be heard.

Even during early investigations and publicity following the initial accusations against Savile in 2012, initiatives such as Operation Yewtree were formed, which in itself encouraged thousands of victims to come forward to report other crimes as well as Savile’s. If anything, the Savile case actually brought hundreds of people to the realisation that previous abusers could be brought to justice for their own historic sex crimes and that, finally, they were being given a platform to make their voices heard.

Further, what Yewtree and campaigns such as Operation Marmion offer to victims is a place of refuge, where they can speak of such events and action will be taken with the professionals and the Police on side.

Here at Verisona Law, we have also experienced a number of people coming forward to settle such cases in pursuit of justice. It appears as though the recent media reports really do help bring abuse to light and demonstrate that it isn’t ok for victims to hide or be afraid – there really is someone willing to listen.

If you would like some advice in relation to a similar case, then you can call our abuse team today who will be happy to help.


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.

You can follow Charles on Twitter and Facebook.

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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