Report outlines church worker’s child abuse following the conviction of Terence Banks in May 2001

The report, published by the Diocese of Chichester and Chichester Cathedral, was commissioned following the conviction of erence Banks in May 2001, for a string of sex offences. Banks was convicted of 32 sexual offences against 12 boys over 29 years. The report was commissioned by the previous Bishop of Chichester, The Rt Revd Dr John Hind following the trial. In a joint statement, the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner and the Cathedral Chapter, said: ‘Today, as we publish this report, first and foremost our thoughts are with the survivors and their families. The effects of abuse can last a lifetime. ‘And the passing of the years may or may not have resulted in any kind of healing. ‘As Christians we are profoundly ashamed of abuse that has happened in church or church institutions. ‘We extend our most sincere apologies to all survivors and their families – though we know that this can never repair the damage done.’ Banks worked as a steward at Chichester Cathedral and had also worked at Chichester Festival Theatre. He met all but one of his victims through his activities at the cathedral, the report says. he report also adds: ‘Sexual offenders operate in the shadows of our communities.’ If your or a loved one have been 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.

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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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