St Georges School Norfolk

A group of 21 people instructed us to bring compensation claims for alleged abuse when they were residents at St Georges School during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s.

Derek Slade, the Headmaster and chief perpetrator, had already been convicted of abuse at his criminal trial and had been jailed for 21 years.

The claims were brought in respect of vicarious liability and negligence, even though all were, on the face of it; beyond the statutory time limit (statute barred).

We pursued claims against the School’s holding company, Anglemoss Limited, which was set up and run by Slade and four other Directors.

The claims included damages for the actual sexual assault (of which Slade kept comprehensive notes) and for psychiatric injuries, many of which became apparent later in the pupils’ lives.

We identified an insurer that had covered the School’s liability for part of the relevant period and were able to claim from it. For those claims falling outside the insured period we applied for an enforcement issue which led to the company being ‘wound up’.

Our clients received damages totalling over £400,000.00.


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