Cyntwell High School, Cardiff

We acted for ten people who instructed us to bring compensation claims in respect of assaults carried out by a deceased art teacher and abuser, David Leighton Davies, who was employed by Cardiff Council.

Davies sexually assaulted boys in the classroom and on excursions. He was found guilty of offences against children in relation to a youth club in 1977 and died in 1980

We brought the claims in respect of vicarious liability and negligence. The prejudice on the Defendant heightened with the death of Davies, but his conviction and the number of independent witnesses only went to assist the Claimants.

The claims brought were defended by the Council as they were statue barred. The prejudice on the Defendant was heightened as the perpetrator was dead and could not provide witness evidence. The saving grace was a number of individuals came forward all making the same allegations.

The BBC and ITV contacted us during the case and featured it during the evening news. As a result a further thirteen people instructed us to begin a second tranche of litigation. These claims are currently going through a settlement process.

Once these cases are settled we expect to have obtained over £750,000.00 for those who brought claims against Cardiff Council.


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
  • Charles Derham

    Charles Derham

    Senior Associate, Head of Abuse Team

    T: 023 9244 6920