Shine Lawyers is now investigating potential group actions for victims.
We have been involved in many high profile cases including:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our legal team successfully handled a group of abuse claims resulting from abuse inflicted by catholic priest Neville Joseph Creen in Queensland.
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.
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 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
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Common questions about Brisbane Grammar School Child Abuse Claims
Shine Lawyers will consider bringing action on behalf of victims against the Board of Trustees of Brisbane Grammar School and The Anglican Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane, these being the parties who were responsible for the care, safety and well-being of minors under the supervision of the schools during the time the abuse occurred.
Institutions like Brisbane Grammar and St Paul’s owe the students in their care a duty to protect them from harm, including employing staff who are capable of protecting students from harm and supervising compliance.
It will be necessary to investigate and show that Brisbane Grammar and St Pauls management knew or ought to have known about allegations of or propensity for abuse at the school, prior to your own abuse, and failed to take the necessary actions to safeguard students from harm.
While no amount of money can take away the pain the abuse may have caused you, compensation may be available and can assist you to obtain the support necessary to help you through this difficult time. Shine Lawyers’ team of abuse claim experts can act on your behalf to help you access compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
The amount of compensation you will be able to claim will depend on the particular facts and evidence of your situation, including medical evidence confirming the impact the abuse has had on your life and wellbeing.
Previously the time limit to apply for compensation is 3 years from the date that you turned 18 years of age. However, the Queensland Parliament passed legislation in November 2016 abolishing time limitations in historic cases of child sexual abuse.
Shine Lawyers lobbied heavily for the removal of these provisions and welcomed this momentous change which will allow survivors who were previously denied justice to seek redress through the courts. The firm’s 2015 submission to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse called for time limitations to be lifted for historic abuse actions.
What should I do if I, or someone I know, have suffered sexual abuse at Brisbane Grammar or St Paul’s?
If you have been sexually abused, or know somebody who has, we can help. Our legal team will walk you through the legal process and will be there to help you every step of the way. We will speak in plain English and will do all we can to obtain the outcome you need to move on with your life.
If you or somebody you know is a survivor of abuse which occurred at Brisbane Grammar or St Pauls, our team can assist. Please Contact Shine Lawyers
Shine Lawyers has extensive experience handling sexual abuse, and other abuse related claims for compensation.
Where you are located isn’t necessarily a barrier when it comes to obtaining the services of a lawyer. We’re experts when it comes to abuse related claims and we can help you get the compensation you deserve.
It doesn’t matter if you are located close or far away from a Shine Lawyers office – we will always provide the same, expert advice and manage your claim with the same level of quality and commitment.
Our compensation experts are in the following locations:
New South Wales
- Gold Coast
- Hervey Bay
- North Lakes
- Stones Corner
- Sunshine Coast
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