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Hong Kong and Sydney

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...

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Pell Appeal

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...

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – The Scots College

"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” The Scots College PH: 02 9283 5599 John Beckett 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....

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Knox Grammar – Child Porn and Drugs

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...

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Clemton Park School Child Institutional Sex Abuse

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

Cult Leader Jailed for 10 Years

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...

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Assets Distribution in Property Settlement

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...

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – Robert “Dolly” Dunn

"CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” Robert "Dolly" Dunn and the Marist Brothers Schools PH: 02 9283 5599 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....

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – Kostka Chute

“CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” “Brother Kostka Chute and the Marist Brothers Schools” PH: 02 9283 5599 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...

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Family Law Cross Border

Cross Border Family Law Disputes

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...

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If you signed a Deed, is it always binding?

To Victims of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse: If you signed a Deed, is it always binding? Not always. 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...

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Whistleblower New Laws 1 July 2019

Whistleblower New Laws - 1 July 2019 Whistleblower protection laws aim to encourage disclosures that are in the public interest. In response to increased public desire for companies to be more accountable for their activities, the Australian government has acted to widen the scope of the federal whistleblower protection laws. As a result, the whistleblowing scheme in Part 9.4AAA of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth)...

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Clergy Above The Law

Clergy is not Above the Law

The Clergy is not Above the Law: The Pope Introduces Mandatory Reporting for Allegations of Sexual Assault and Child Abuse In February 2019, Pope Francis announced that he would mandate the reporting of sexual assault and child abuse by the clergy and church officials.  Pope Francis released an Apostolic Letter which reads, “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage...

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Technology Giving Law Firms The Edge

On March of this year, 2019, we were asked by our IR Global colleagues Herrington & Carmichael LLP in the U.K. to assist in facilitating a remote hearing for the local Tribunal Court and their client. The client had recently moved  internationally cross border to Australia. This meant she was unable attend court due to her great distance from the Tribunal hearing. Using technology...

Sexual Abuse Witness Call

Call for Witnesses – Errol Swain

“CALL FOR WITNESSES TO COME FORWARD” “Errol Swain and the De La Salle schools” PH: 02 9283 5599 Errol Swain “Anything discussed will be absolutely CONFIDENTIAL and if you wish completely ANONYMOUS. We have over 40 separate cases against De La Salle for institutional sexual abuse from 1967 to 1985. We ask the community to step forward to attest to the actions of Errol Swain and the Brothers. Anything you saw...

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South Australian School Teacher Jailed

South Australian School Teacher Jailed

Former South Australian School Teacher Jailed for Abusing Students Stephen John Hamra, a former primary school teacher at St Ignatius College and Christian Brothers College in South Australia has been found guilty of persistent sexual exploitation of a child and maintaining an unlawful sexual relationship with a child between 1977 and 1982. He was sentenced by Adelaide District Court Judge Paul Rice on the 4 April...

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