What does Stuart Hall’s conviction mean for his victims?

Following the guilty plea, conviction and sentencing of Stuart Hall, the brave individuals who stood up and spoke of the abuse suffered at his hands have a strong and viable civil claim for compensation to pursue against him.

Many do not appreciate that despite the Limitation Act 1980 providing a strict three year deadline, a court can consider cases beyond this time frame and decide whether it is fair and just to proceed many years after the limitation date has expired. If there is a successful conviction of an alleged perpetrator, whether this be by jury or their own admission, a civil claim is strengthened. In the case of Stuart Hall, it will be appreciated that, even after many years since the crime, the police were able to undertake their own enquiries and the court were able to successfully conclude that the abuse did occur. Stuart Hall’s guilty plea therefore means that the court need not consider whether the abuse happened beyond reasonable doubt and will provide a sound basis on which to pursue a civil claim. civil claim does not require the same onerous burden regarding evidence and it must be proven that the abuse occurred on the balance of probabilities. If the court has found in favour of the prosecution, the civil test is in most cases overcome with reliance on the criminal decision. If you have been able to pursue and successfully convict the perpetrator and have not considered pursuing a civil claim then please contact Charles Derham, Specialist Child Abuse Lawyer.

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience of dealing with Personal Injury matters ranging from road traffic accidents to workplace injury and liability. She offers a sympathetic and professional approach to her clients’ problems and advises on funding options (including insurance and Conditional Fee Agreements.)

Her extensive knowledge of the Civil Procedure Rules, skills in evidence gathering and analysis of liability and causation, and experience in risk assessment and settlement negotiation make her a valuable asset to clients and colleagues alike.

She is also a member of Verisona Law’s Historic Abuse Team and undertakes documentary analysis, work relating to case evidence and the development of legal arguments to secure successful settlements. She is fluent in German and Persian.

Lisa also has experience in Civil Litigation regarding Debt Recovery, Breach of Contract, and Insolvency Law.

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