We have been actively involved in advice and claims as a result of alleged child sexual abuse in an institutional context for many years. This has included advising and appearing for institutions who were called to give evidence before the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse led by Alistair Macpherson (Director).
Additionally the following experience has resulted in us developing a deep technical and practical knowledge of the law in this area:
- many of our senior lawyers serve on a pro bono basis on the Boards of charities;
- our compensation practice area (led by Eduardo Cruz, Director) and Heidi Austin, Associate part of Alistair Macpherson’s team);
- our criminal law practice area; and
- our general advisory work to many not for profits and charity law clients (Australia wide) for many years.
Royal Commission Experience
We have served a number of institutions that have been called to give evidence in the Royal Commission. The preparation of these cases before the Commission take time to prepare especially in cases where multiple persons face allegations. Our team has experience in navigating these cases from enquiry to court, following processes, adhering deadlines and applying for rebate from the Commission. Our aim is to bring order out of the chaos.
We are uniquely placed to act for institutions in responding to claims made against them.
Our services have included acting for:
- para-churches or ministries
- care facilities
Practical Application in Compensation Matters
Eduardo Cruz, Director, has extensive experience dealing with compensation matters. We understand that historic incidents are often hard to prove when the evidence does not exist.
We listen to your story, provide advice and walk with you throughout your case. We will explore all avenues to seek an early resolution and bring peace of mind to you and those around you.
For institutions and claimants, we have acted in matters concerning:
- injury claims
- negotiating compensation
- settlement disputes
In representing clients across these two areas, our purpose is to help bring order out of the chaos, assisting in what has been wronged and seeking to make it right.
Andrew Lind (Director) currently serves pro bono on the Queensland Law Society (QLS) Not for Profit and Charity Law committee and the Law Council of Australia not for profit and charities committee. Andrew has taken a lead role for the QLS in technical submissions and meetings with Government representative about proposed law reform in the area. This includes significant input in the QLS and Law Council of Australia submission on the Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017. You can access the submission here.
Through the serving of our clients, we understand that past hurt cannot be easily resolved. However, with stringent policies, law reform and strong legislation, societies vulnerable can be protected and those who hold positions of trust, be held accountable.