Philip Batten – charged with 27 offences against children – Royal Alexandra and Albert School, Reigate – Verisona Law instructed to pursue civil claims

A FORMER house master at a Reigate school has appeared in court to face 27 charges of sexual abuse and neglect of children younger than 16.

Philip Ralph Batten, 69, now of Caddock Hill in Battle, was formerly a house master at Royal Alexandra and Albert School.

He appeared at Guildford Crown Court today to face 4 charges of buggery on a child younger than 16; 21 charges of indecent assault on a child younger than 16 and two charges of assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting, abandoning or exposing a person younger than 16 who he was responsible for.

The charges relate to the alleged abuse of nine children across more than a decade from 1974 – 1988.

Batten did not enter a plea. He was released on bail until July 24 with the conditions that he must not contact anyone who was at the school during that time and he must not be with a child younger than 16 without supervision and without them being aware of the allegations

Charles Derham head of the abuse team at Verisona Law already represents two individual who are pursuing claims in respect of alleged abuse suffered at the School and has successfully settled claims brought by others who also attended the School. He also assisted Sanchia Berg and Meirion Jones in the preparation of the BBC Panorama documentary.

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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