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.


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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