We have been involved in many high profile cases including:
Brisbane Boys College
Our legal team successfully acted on behalf of a group of boys who were sexually violated by school teacher and rugby coach Kim Buchannan.
Brisbane Grammar School abuse Our legal team led an action in the Supreme Court of Queensland on behalf of close to 70 former Brisbane Grammar School students who were subjected to sexual abuse while in the school’s care. These claims were successfully resolved through the use of group negotiation and a method of resolution first introduced by our legal team during this litigation.
Our legal team successfully handled a group of abuse claims resulting from abuse inflicted by catholic priest Neville Joseph Creen in Queensland.
Church of England Grammar School (Churchie)
Our legal team successfully handled group litigation against the Anglican Church concerning abuse inflicted on boys by boarding house master Frederick Roy Hoskins.
Neerkol Orphanage abuse Shine Lawyers led an action on behalf of more than 70 former orphans who suffered sexual, physical and emotional abuse while in the care of the St Joseph’s Orphanage Neerkol. Survivors’ claims were settled successfully.
St Patrick’s College, Sale
Our legal team has successfully acted, continue to act and have advised in relation to a group action at the St Patrick’s College in Sale, Victoria as a result of sexual abuse and serious physical abuse at the school from the late 1950s to the late 1970s. These claims are currently litigated in the Supreme Court of Victoria and are continuing.
St Paul’s Anglican School abuse Our legal team recovered compensation for 23 former students of the St Paul’s Anglican School in Brisbane who were subjected to shocking sexual abuse at the hands of a former counsellor employed by the school. The claim was commenced in the Supreme Court of Queensland and was successfully resolved using the method developed in the Brisbane Grammar group litigation claim.
St Vincent’s Orphanage, Nudgee Our legal team fought on behalf of more than 30 former orphans who suffered sexual abuse while in the care of Brisbane’s St Vincent’s Orphanage, Nudgee. Survivors’ claims were resolved successfully.
St Xaviers School
Our legal team acted successfully on behalf of a number of school girls and parents as a result of abuse inflicted by school teacher Gerard Vincent Byrnes at St Xaviers School in Toowoomba Queensland.
Toowoomba Preparatory School abuse In 2001, Shine Lawyers acted for a young woman in a landmark civil case against the Anglican Church. As an 11 year old school girl at Toowoomba Preparatory School, the young woman suffered abuse at the hands of a boarding house master. The case led to the victim being awarded a record $834,000 in compensation and resulted in the resignation of former governor-general Peter Hollingworth who was the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane at the time.
Our legal team is fighting for change in relation to the culture of drinking, sexual assaults and hazing across universities and colleges across Australia. The cases are currently being fought by our legal team in an attempt to implement change at these institutions.