Compensation claims available for those who allege sexual assaults by Stuart Hall

Last week Hall, a veteran BBC presenter, was described as an "opportunistic predator" after he pleaded guilty to sexually abusing 13 girls between 1967 and 1985. Hall's admission of guilt allows potential laimants to rely on his conviction in the pursuit of a civil claim. Hall was initially arrested in ecember and made a statement describing the claims as "pernicious, callous, cruel and above all spurious". But last week it emerged that he had changed his plea and admitted indecently assaulting girls, the youngest of which was aged nine. He will be sentenced on 17 June. Victims may be hampered in their attempts to get compensation after Hall transferred the family’s £1.2million into his wife’s name in February. BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC has made it clear that it is appalled by the disgraceful actions of Stuart Hall and we would like to express our sympathy for his victims. "We cannot however comment on specific current or future legal cases that may be related to this matter." The BBC has announced it is to hold a "freestanding investigation" into how broadcaster Stuart Hall was able to abuse girls while working at the corporation. If it discovered that the alleged assaults took place on BBC premises then the BBC may find themselves vicariously liable for the assaults carried out by Stuart Hall, an employee. We understand that it is not unusual for those who were subject to abuse to come forward later in life. 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.

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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