Taking that first step to justice

For many, recalling abuse suffered as a child is distressing and the thought of having to go through it all again for the sake of a claim puts many people off.

With the right team behind you however, it is possible to get justice and with it the support you need to move on.

Speaking to a solicitor for the first time can seem a daunting step. Some of our clients had never told anyone about their abuse until they met us to discuss their claim.

In our experience, people often find the first meeting easier if it is held at a time and place that puts them at ease. This could be home, a friend’s house, a public place or the solicitor’s office.

We cover many miles each year for this reason and are happy to do the same for you.

Choosing a Solicitor

It is important to appoint a solicitor you feel comfortable with. Are they experienced in abuse cases? Will they handle your entire case? Will they listen to what you want? Are they discrete?

As specialist abuse solicitors we have helped many people through the journey and we will use that experience to help you prepare for, and get through, that first meeting.

Here are a few questions we are often asked at the first meeting, with some brief answers:

Do I have a case?

This depends on the circumstances and we will weigh up your prospects in detail before we talk you through your options.

 

What will your services cost?

We will estimate the fees for you and may be able to offer you a no-win no-fee arrangement. See costs article.

Will the police be told?

We will not inform anyone, including the authorities.

Will I have to stand up in court?

Potentially, yes, but the majority of compensation cases are settled before they reach court - and there are strong laws to protect your identity if you do give evidence.

Who else will find out?

We are very strict on confidentiality down to the smallest details, including how we leave messages and dispose of waste paper.

Is it too late to make a claim?

There is a time limit for bringing compensation cases, but there are exemptions that often apply in the field of abuse.

For a confidential discussion, speak to our experienced child abuse solicitor, Charles Derham, or email him via crd@verisonalaw.com


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.

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