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Author - Ross Koffel

George Pell Stays Where He Belongs

George Pell Stays Where He Belongs and Victims March On Make no mistake, the Appeal denial regarding the sentencing of George Pell  has been a landmark decision for victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse everywhere.  No matter who or where they are, the law is getting stronger and stronger to take perpetrators to justice. At Koffels we are truly relieved and encouraged by the judgement set...

If Not Hong Kong, Where?

The world, as well as residents and business investors, are keeping a keen eye on the events unfolding in Hong Kong.  Similar to the issues generated by Brexit, the unknown is becoming a forecasting stumbling block. Many businesses in the past have used the natural jumping off point provided by Hong Kong to further invest into Asia, but are now looking for alternative locations that...

Selling a Horse in Australia

Contract & Misrepresentation (applicable to all sales of horses) The law of contract and misrepresentation apply to sales of horses regardless of whether the seller is conducting a private sale, say a one off sale, or is in the business of selling horses. A purchaser can sue on the contract or in relation to any representation. Care should be taken when selling a horse to ensure...

George Pell Guilty of Sexual Abuse

At Koffels Solicitors we have been watching with great interest, the recent Summit held by the Vatican. In essence, this investigated the deplorable history of the abuse of children by members of the clergy. Unfortunately, it would seem that the same rhetoric has been brought out to give the appearance of action against this global scourge.  Overall, the victims don’t want words, they want action,...

Annual Law Conference

Recently,  Koffels Solicitors & Barristers, attended the Annual Commercial and Corporate Law Conference held at the Supreme Court of New South Wales.  Many industry stakeholders including legal practitioners, academics and researchers attended the conference to share and discuss their views on the growing social demand for directors’ public duties, and for companies to take proactive steps to manage issues relating to environmental and social...

Former De La Salle Revesby Student Awarded $1.5 Million for Child Sexual Abuse

On 5 October 2018, the Supreme Court of New South Wales entered Judgment in favour of a Plaintiff who was the victim of child sexual abuse in the amount of $1,548,488.75 plus costs. Judgment The Judgment was adopted from the findings of former Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and Justice of the ACT Supreme Court, Ms Margaret Sidis. Also, Ms Sidis was...

Who Gets Your Estate?

Who Gets Your Estate? - Perhaps Not Who You Think, Don't Even Leave It To Chance The primary issue in estate planning is ensuring that your wishes are carried out on your death. It is your property and you should be free to choose to whom it will be transferred on your death, right? Simply put you make a valid will specifying your wishes and...

PI: Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

As a major Personal Injury claimant firm in the area of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, Koffels Solicitors & Barristers note with great interest, the decision of the DPP to Appeal the Home Detention sentencing of Philip Wilson, the former Adelaide Archbishop. Mr Wilson has been convicted of concealing child sex abuse but received a sentence deemed to be inadequate in the view of the DPP....