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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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signing deed

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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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...

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...

Pseudonyms in Historical Sexual Abuse

Pseudonyms in Historic Child Sexual Abuse

The Use of Suppression Orders and Pseudonyms in Historic Child Sexual Abuse Cases A common barrier to seeking compensation for people who have suffered sexual abuse as a child in institutional settings is a sense of fear. Additionally embarrassment or shame occur at the prospect of being identified as a victim/survivor of child sexual abuse. The decision to seek redress for historic child sexual abuse...

Equestrian Safety

Equestrian Safety – Generational Change Needed

Please see original article published in The Australian newspaper on 15 April 2019 here: https://koffels.com.au/official-warned-riders-risk-more-falls/ Generational Change Needed to Bring Equestrian Safety into 21st Century Koffels Solicitors & Barristers view with interest and applaud the article in The Australian on the 15 April 2019 regarding safety protocol at Equestrian Events, and specifically in Eventing. We have long held the view that the standards within equestrian sports...

Private School Sexual Abuse

Paedophilia in Private Schools

To read the original article published in The SMH and written by Peter FitzSimons, please click here. Is paedophilia more prevalent in private schools? Recently a number of our clients spoke to Peter FitzSimons about the abuse they say they suffered at the hands of Knox teachers. As a matter of fact paedophilia in private religious schools has been an ongoing issue for some time. Correspondingly...

Knox Grammar Abuse

Knox Grammar Sued for Child Sexual Abuse

To read the original article published in The Australian newspaper and written by Olivia Caisley, please click here. Knox Faces Payout Claim Our client, Phillip Ashworth, spoke to The Australian about what he asserts happened to him as a student at Knox Grammar. Phillip’s statement of claim alleges: "Nisbett used his position of authority to groom Mr Ashworth by regularly spending “private time” with him when he was...

Institutional Sex Abuse

Institutions Blocking Legal Advice

Institutions are Actively Trying to Keep Claimants from Instructing Koffels, and we couldn't be more flattered. Koffels Solicitors & Barristers are achieving the highest and most consistent level of payouts in Australia, and needless to say the institutions are not happy with us. How do we do it?... Koffels have taken a totally different approach when it comes to taking action against an institution for Childhood...

Mosman Pool Child Sexual Abuse

Mosman Swim Teacher – Sexual Abuse

Mosman Swim Teacher - Alleged Child Sex Abuse In this case the Sydney swim instructor Kyle James Henk Daniels, twenty (20) years old, has now had an additional twenty-eight (28) charges of sexual abuse laid against him in court. This has been a result of sexual abuse allegations made by students at the Mosman Swim Centre located on Vista Street in the prestigious suburb of Mosman in Sydney. The...

National Redress Scheme Koffels Sexual Abuse Lawyers

The National Redress Scheme

The National Redress Scheme: Waiving your Common Law Rights The Government’s National Redress Scheme was implemented on 1 July 2018 following the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Scheme is an alternative to a civil claim for child sexual abuse (exercising your common law rights). However, the amount of compensation available to a victim under the Scheme is significantly...

George Pell Child Sexual Abuse Lawyers

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,...

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....

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Child Sexual Abuse Can Occur Anywhere

With changing attitudes and perceptions towards Childhood Sexual Abuse, our understanding of Childhood Sexual Abuse is developing and we are confirming that sexual abuse can occur in almost any setting. We have learnt that at the Celtic Boys Club, which is a famous youth football club based in Glasgow, Scotland, that they have had numerous allegations of inappropriate behaviour and subsequent Child Sexual Abuse. Allegations have...

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Dangerous Recreational Activity Lawyer

Dangerous Recreational Activities

Dangerous Recreational Activities Many people participate in recreational activities without the realisation that there is a risk that in the event they sustain an injury they may not be capable of claiming compensation. This is because the activity might be considered a dangerous recreational activity. What is considered a recreational activity? A recreational activities under the Civil Liability Act 2002 (CLA) includes: (a) Any sport (whether or not...

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