No One is Above the Law: Catholic Priests face Fines or Imprisonment if they do not report their knowledge of the abuse of a child as related to them in the act of Confession
The Royal Commission into Responses to Child Sexual Abuse heard extensive evidence of shocking historical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church over a five year period between 2013 and 2017.
Where Evil Resides, Evil Acts
People often ask us if the church or posh schools are the only institutions we act against in matters of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The answer is a definitive “No!”
In today's’ Sydney Morning Herald we have read an article by their crimes reporter, Sally Rawsthorne, about the allegations of sexual acts with a twelve year old child, laid against Raymond...
The Salvation Army
Evidence to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in a snapshot:
4,029 survivors of child sexual abuse gave evidence to the Royal Commission in private sessions into abuse in religious institutions
294 gave evidence about abuse in Salvation Army institutions (7.3%)
Of those 73.1% were male and 26.9% were female.
Average age at the time they were first abused – 10.3 years...
Employment Law: Is Your Contractor an Employee? If you get it wrong, what are the penalties?
The ATO (Australian Taxation Office) often issues guidelines for Employers to better understand the relationship they may have with their workers. It is important to get this relationship right from day one. Here are their six (6) basic questions to ask to help determine whether or not your worker...
Guide to the Sale and Purchase of a Small Business
What is a Small Business:
In Australia, businesses with less than 20 employees, or a turnover of less than AU$2 million per annum, are generally classified as small businesses. Small businesses account for almost 98% of businesses in Australia, and 35% of Australia’s gross domestic profit, employing 44% of Australia’s workforce.
Regardless of a vendor’s reason for selling a business, for a purchaser, especially an inexperienced...
The Salvation Army Boys Homes in New South Wales and Queensland
The Salvation Army operations in Australia are divided in those of the Eastern Territory (Queensland, New South Wales and the ACT) and the Southern Territory (Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory).
Additionally, the Salvation Army has long maintained a respected position in Australian society. As a charity and a church it engages...
Ross and Julia Koffel recently attended the Lowy Lecture on International Affairs presented by Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.
In his keynote speech Mr Morrison set out his vision for Australia’s place in the global community, and the need for our economy to remain open to the opportunities of sound trade relations with our global partners.
Since becoming Prime Minister in August 2018, Scott Morrison has...
What is a life Destroyed by Institutional Sexual Abuse of a Child Worth?
What goes on behind the scenes in an Institutional Child Sexual Abuse matter? Plenty!
It has recently been reported in The Age that a “Landmark” settlement of approximately $3 Million inclusive of costs had been achieved against the Catholic Church for abuses perpetrated against a child in the confessional by serial paedophile priest...
Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: Betrayal at the Hands of Those We Trusted
In another sad tale of abused children at the hands of trusted adults, swim instructor, Paul Frost, is currently under investigation for the grooming, indecent assault and aggravated sexual assault perpetrated against children between 1997 and 2009.
Sometimes the hardest part for victims can be that people holding the position of teacher or instructor,...
Investment Visas for Australia: To be successful, you need to get it right the first time
Visa applications always require a meticulous approach to be successful, and this is doubly important with Investment Visas, including Significant Investor Visas. The application process for such visas is a sophisticated one, requiring a knowledgeable and an experienced touch.
Ross Koffel, the Principal of Koffels Solicitors & Barristers, is both...
Three Tips for Divorce when you have Overseas Property
Read on to find THREE tips on what to do if you are going through a divorce and you or your partner have property overseas.
Tip 1 – Remember: Overseas Assets are a Part of Property Settlements!
You and your partner have just decided to separate. Or perhaps your Divorce Order has finally come through. The pain and...
Yet another Knox Grammar teacher has been recently found embroiled in a child sexual abuse scandal. Nicholas Warby was arrested by police on Monday afternoon the 5th August 2019 for child porn and drugs.
The 30 year old man has been in a teaching role at Knox Grammar since 2017 as Director of Aquatic Sports according to his Linked-In profile. The arrest occurred after a...
Former Teacher Charged with Child Sex Abuse in 1970's Clement Park Public School
Police arrested a 67 year old man at his house in Woolooware, Sydney in relation to institutional child sex abuse charges. He was charged with indecently assaulting a female student at the primary school in Sydney's south-west more than 40 years ago.
It is reported that detectives have been investigating said allegations of...
Institutional Sexual Abuse
Many of the assault victims that Koffels Solicitors & Barristers see professionally through our offices and on a daily basis have been victims of institutional sexual abuse. That having been said; we are also well aware that any predatory behaviour indulged in by the perpetrators of these crimes can occur within any and every forum. Institutional sexual abuse is only one arena...