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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Victorian Court of Appeal has today upheld on appeal Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two then 13-year-old boys. Cardinal George Pell's appeal failed.
On 11 December 2018, Cardinal George Pell was convicted unanimously by a jury of 12 men and women in the County Court of Victoria of five charges of sexual offending against two young choir boys in 1996 at St...
Sally Cox2019-08-14T14:34:28+10:00"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
The Scots College
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John Beckett (“Beckett”) was a long-standing and respected teacher at The Scots College. He was appointed as a mathematics teacher in 1974 and taught at the school from 1974 until 1999. During the 1970s, 80s and 90s he was involved in the many facets of school life including pastoral care and extracurricular activities....
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...
If Your Partner Has all the Money & Power, How Can You Get a Fair Distribution of Assets in a Property Settlement?
Considering property settlement, not all large Family Law matters end as amicably as the divorce settlement of the founders of Amazon, Jeff and Mackenzie Bezos.
Many times the dominant partner in a post-divorce/property dispute feels they can over-power their ex-partner into accepting less than...
Sally Cox2019-07-18T15:12:14+10:00"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
Robert "Dolly" Dunn and the Marist Brothers Schools
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Robert “Dolly” Dunn
Robert “Dolly” Dunn was a former school teacher at Marist College Penshurst where he was continuously employed from 1971 to 1987.
Dunn is known as a notorious paedophile and drug dealer who had a long history of abusing boys between the ages of 7 and 15 years old....
Sally Cox2019-07-18T15:12:21+10:00“CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD”
“Brother Kostka Chute and the Marist Brothers Schools”
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John William Chute, also known by his religious name as Brother Kostka, was a teacher and principal at a large number of schools operated by the Marist Brothers in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. He was a sexual predator who abused numerous young boys over...
Family Law Disputes That Stretch Across Borders Can Be Complicated - What Can You Do About It?
The multi-national makeup of Australia is creating a need for access to experienced legal advice covering a range of jurisdictions.
Whether it is a dispute over; child custody, enforcement of child support payments cross-border, or resolution of property settlements that include assets in locations other than Australia, we can...
To Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: If you signed a Deed, is it always binding?
We are repeatedly hearing stories of victims of childhood institutional abuse who over the years have received paltry payouts from their abusers after signing a Deed, declaring that they will no longer pursue the institution for further claims, and entering into a non-disclosure agreement. In many circumstances these...