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            We know that there is disparity in women’s health care, treatment, and support. We are committed to improving the lives of women and strongly advocating for their wellbeing.  That is why we take a stand and hold medical professionals accountable when medical care falls short of expected standards by delivering the best outcome in medical negligence claims affecting women.

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            We understand you may feel let down because you have experienced inadequate or negligent care and treatment in a hospital or medical facility. Your wellbeing is most important to us and we are committed to supporting you with compassion and holding medical professionals accountable for breach of duty and negligent care.

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            Experiencing poor or adverse outcomes from allied health treatment can be distressing and life changing. We are here to support you through your claim and it is our aim to hold allied health professionals accountable for their breach of care by delivering the outcome you deserve to your negligence claims.

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            If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, our specialist team of Personal Injury Lawyers is here to support you with compassion and understanding providing you with the right advice. Our team has substantial experience and expertise in these matters to deliver the outcomes you deserve from your claim.

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            Our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you in accessing proper compensation if you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence. We have cutting edge expertise and experience in public liability claims to deliver the outcome you deserve.

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            We strongly believe that educational institutions must be held accountable when failing to protect children while in their care. If you have experienced institutional physical or sexual abuse, our specialist team in Personal Injury law is here to support you with compassion and offer our technical expertise and experience to deliver the best outcome in your case.

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            When you sustain an injury or illness because of work, you may be entitled to  compensation. Our specialist team in Personal Injury Law is here to support you with compassion and understanding with the right advice. We have substantial technical expertise to deliver the best possible outcome from your claim.

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            When we provide advice on estate planning, we believe  in giving advice on options to mitigate the risks of litigation by potentially unhappy family members and protecting your assets from claims. Our legal team is here to support you and address your concerns regarding your estate planning. We have immense experience in these matters, providing you with advice and representation for your unique situation and delivering the best outcomes for your case.

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            We have immense experience and specialised knowledge in family provision and wills disputes Where you have not been properly and adequately provided for under a will or where you suspect that the person making the will may not have had capacity or exercised their own free will, you need a lawyer with extensive experience and expertise. Our team of Lawyers will  provide you with advice and representation for your unique situation and deliver the best outcomes for your case.

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            We rely on professionals in all aspects of our lives to provide us with proper advice on which to make decisions about our financial and legal affairs. When you are let down by poor advice the results can be devastating.  We are here to support you in your claim for compensation with clarity, guidance and the right advice to achieve the outcome you deserve.

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            We believe in standing up for those people who are falsely accused and prosecuted. Our experienced legal team is here to support you with compassion and provide you with clarity, guidance, and the right advice in your claim for compensation.

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            We are your law firm for life. You can count on us for the best legal advice and compassionate support. We understand the challenges you are facing and we want you to know that you don’t have to navigate the often daunting process alone. We are here when you need us. Let us help you find your way forward with our empathetic and efficient approach. Contact us. You can call us on (02) 4050 0330 for a free initial no-obligation consultation or book an appointment online for an in-person consultation or an online video appointment.

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Cardinal Pell Passes Away

Trigger Warning: This case note contains references to subject matter and material that may be traumatising and/or upsetting for survivors of sexual assault, as well as their families. Reader discretion is advised.

On 11 January 2023, Cardinal George Pell passed away at 81 years old due to heart complications following hip surgery. His death left behind a complicated legacy. While an eminent member of the Catholic Church, Pell faced multiple allegations of child sexual abuse and of failing to act when he was made aware of other priests engaging in child sexual abuse.

Ordained as a priest in 1966, Pell was then appointed as an episcopal vicar in Ballarat seven years later. During his time in Ballarat, he was alleged to have been aware of child sexual abuse by other clergymen – and to have not acted. Pell has always denied that he was aware of abuse perpetrated by certain priests in Ballarat, but the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found: “…satisfied that by 1973 Cardinal Pell was not only conscious of child sexual abuse by clergy but that he had also considered measures of avoiding situations which might provoke gossip about it”. The same allegation – that he had been aware of child sexual abuse and had failed to act – was continually directed against him throughout his career.

On 29 June 2017, Victorian police charged Cardinal Pell with historical sex offences. While some charges were dropped due to insufficiency of evidence, Pell ultimately faced five counts of historical sexual assault of two 13-year-old choirboys, allegedly committed while he had been the Archbishop of Melbourne. He pled not guilty to each of the charges. On 11 December 2018, Pell was found guilty of all five charges of sexual assault. He was sentenced in March 2019 to 6 years imprisonment and was required to join the sex offenders register.

However, while his initial appeal to the Victorian Court of Appeal was unsuccessful, on 7 April 2020, the High Court of Australia overturned his conviction, stating that a rational jury should have “entertained a doubt as to the applicant’s guilt”. As they did not consider that the high threshold of “beyond reasonable doubt” had been satisfied, these convictions were quashed, and he was acquitted. He was subsequently released from Barwon Prison in Victoria after having spent 400 days incarcerated.

Even with such an outcome, it is vital that survivors of institutional abuse are not discouraged and continue to come forward with their stories. Each matter is decided upon its own merits and the evidence available – and we do not consider that this decision will impact upon future historic sexual offence cases.

A law professor from La Trobe University, Gideon Boas, noted that this case was a “mere wave in the tsunami of allegations” that are yet to have their day in Court, and referred to the many cases in which paedophile priests have been convicted and incarcerated – and even more civil matters that have settled out-of-court.

If you or anyone you know has been affected by institutional child sexual abuse, we encourage you to explore your potential entitlement to compensation and welcome you to contact us for an obligation-free initial consultation.

 

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