• Catholic Clergy Abuse - General
    Catholic Clergy Abuse - General
    Dr Viv Waller has acted in claims against Catholic Clergy since 1995. Waller Legal has recovered compensation for the victims of Catholic Priests such as Frs Baker, Ridsdale, Kevin O'Donnell, D'Cruz, Gannon, Glennon, Gubbels, Frank Klep, Bernard Day & Pidoto.
  • Catholic Clergy Abuse - Melbourne Response
    Catholic Clergy Abuse - Melbourne Response
    Melbourne Response is an alternative dispute resolution process designed to provide redress to victims of sexual abuse perpetrated by priests, religious and lay persons who fall within the jurisdiction of the Melbourne Archdiocese.
  • Civil Litigation
    Civil Litigation
    Civil Litigation in the County And Supreme Courts of Victoria. In our pursuit of justice for sexual assault survivors Waller Legal has run common law cases for compensation against; Individual offenders such as family members, teachers, doctors, psychologists and religious figures;
  • Claims for Indigenous & Travel to Remote Communities
    Claims for Indigenous & Travel to Remote Communities
    If you have been the victim of a crime of violence or sexual assault then please contact our office so we may assess your application and obtain financial assistance, counselling, medical or other expenses that may help with your recovery.
  • Royal Commission & Redress Schemes
    Royal Commission & Redress Schemes
    Established in January 2013, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches and sporting groups responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  • Sentencing Act Applications
    Sentencing Act Applications
    If you have been the victim of a crime for which the offender was convicted please contact our office urgently. Any Sentencing Act Application for compensation must be made within 12 months of the date of the conviction.
  • State Ward Claims
    State Ward Claims
    Dr Viv Waller has acted for former wards of the state of Victoria since 1997 when she commenced group litigation on behalf of many former residents of the Ballarat Orphanage who were abused in care.
  • Victim of Crimes Assistance Tribunal
    Victim of Crimes Assistance Tribunal
    If you have been the victim of a crime of violence or sexual assault then please contact our office so we may assess your application and obtain financial assistance, counselling, medical or other expenses that may help with your recovery.

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Waller legal represents hundreds of people who have been subjected to physical and sexual assault at the hands of Catholic Clergy. Waller Legal also look after former wards of the state who were abused "in care" in various children's homes and orphanages.

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Our New Client Inquiry Process

We have a New Client Inquiry team made up of specially trained solicitors, law clerks and consultants.  There are no call centres at Waller Legal.

We have a team member rostered on every business day to take that first call when you are ready to make it.  If our team members are already on a call our receptionist will make a telephone appointment for later that day or the next business day.

Your first telephone call with us will take about half an hour.  You don’t have to go into the details of the abuse, in fact, we prefer that you don’t at this time.  We just need a summary of what happened and we will have a few questions for you.  We will also ask for your instructions to investigate your case.  The phone call is free and there is no obligation to pursue a claim.

 

Investigation and information gathering

We will then investigate your matter.  Your inquiry will usually stay with the same team member throughout the investigation process.  He or she will gather any relevant materials, such as police statements, school records, state ward files or documents about previous claims.  We will research our considerable database and archives for any supporting witness statements or other corroboration.  We may have already acted in many matters involving the same offender or institution.  If we haven’t, we will do our homework ahead of time.  Depending on the matter and how long it takes to gather the relevant information, the investigation stage can take a month or two.  We will then give you an honest assessment about what help we are able to offer.  If we don’t think we can help, we will tell you.  If we can help, it’s only then that we need to take a detailed statement from you.

 

Appointment

We know that talking about sexual assault is hard.  We will obtain any statement that you might have already given, such as police statement.  You will be offered a face to face appointment or, if you prefer, a telephone appointment, so that we can take down the details.  Some people prefer telephone as they can remain in a safe space and perhaps be with a support person or companion animal (you are also welcome to bring your support person or companion animal to our office for any of your appointments).  If you have difficulty with travel, or live in a remote location, please let us know so that suitable arrangements can be made.  We want to get to know you, to understand what happened and the impact that it has had on your life.  We spend 1 to 2 hours with you to make sure we understand your circumstances and have answered all your questions.  You will later be introduced to the solicitor who will have the conduct of your matter and you will be provided with written advice.

If you are a mental health care worker, treating doctor or community agency – please feel free to call our office to discuss any potential referral.

If you would like to know more about our working relationship with clients, please read our guide to working with Waller Legal.  

Meetings by appointment only

2/57 Keele Street,
Collingwood, VIC 3066.

Telephone: (03) 9415 9999

Monday - Friday from 9am -1pm and 2pm - 5pm

Contact us via email: info@wallerlegal.com.au

 

 

 

In pursuit of justice
Testimonials
  • As a mother, I write to express my gratitude to you and your team for the support of my daughter following her sexual assault three years ago.  Although the bloke who assaulted her was not charged the dollars being awarded to her following your intervention certainly acknowledges the wrong that was done – and will I hope, help her to move on.  Thank you for the work you do.  With much gratitude and appreciation.

    PS
  • Again we cannot thank you enough for all your dedication and hard work over the past few years, we would not have made it without your persistence and dogged determination to get this to settlement stage, many others would have settled for less. We now have a girl who has beaten the odds, and whose self esteem has rocketed, is confident, and especially is calm!

    We wish you all good things in life, as without lawyers like yourself who will take the risk of taking on the "untouchables" we would not have kept our girl on track or most importantly, alive. The road for her is still to be traveled, but this will assist in making the journey less troubled, and we hope with time and continued therapy she will see herself as a complete person and not as a shadow of who she could be.

    You will be forever in our thoughts.

    TJ
  • Dear Vivian,

    I wish to thank you for everything you have done to enable me to feel some justice has been achieved with the hope that the Catholic Church recognises it’s failings and addresses them.  In doing so, the Catholic Church can continue in the future, without public cynicism and to keep alive the central message of all religion, “to love thy neighbour as you would love yourself”.

    Essentially, this is asking us to step into another’s shoes before we judge them.  I feel that you did this for me during my conversations with me, and this made it easier for me to go through the whole process.  I also won’t forget the thoroughness and delightful manner of your staff.

    JA
  • Thank you so much from me personally.  This decision has actually turned my life back around.  I didn’t realise how much my heart was hurting from anger and disbelief in the system.

    My heart is lighter and more at peace thanks to you all.  As a family we are unable to find suitable words on how much your efforts, consideration and concern means to us.  At last someone fought and believed in us.  Truly you have given us all so much peace.

    WK
  • Yes indeed, thank you Vivian for your perseverance and dedication in doing whatever you can to bring about some justice in the absence of a full ecclesiastical council/court to judge publicly those who have violated not only the natural law, but the law of God in whose name these violations have taken place.

    Kathleen
  • Six years after the settlement:

    It has been a long and well-travelled road for our girl, but I never thought I would see the day when she is as happy as she is now.  I was so happy when she decided to study nursing!  The settlement that she received enabled her to study full time over the past three years without having to worry about working while studying.

    What happened to our daughter, and to us as a family, will never go away, however, our daughter has managed to pick up the fragments of her life and move on. The horrors of what have happened will not disappear, perhaps just fade as more joyful occasions occur in her life.

    I want all of you to know what a tower of strength and support you were to all of us and that without you, our daughter’s life would have turned out very differently.

    You are always in our thoughts with gratitude for what you achieved.

    TJ
  • Everything is different now.  My journey is over now.

    KF
  • Thank you Vivian, I really appreciate all your help, you have given me a second chance in life.

    RF
  • I feel so fortunate to have gone through this with you and your great team.

    The delicate way you approach very sensitive issues made this whole process a lot more comfortable than I would ever have imagined.  I will forever be grateful to you and your amazing team for taking my case.

    From me and all the other survivors, thank you so much.

    N,M,J
  • Thank you so much for all of your hard work this year getting my VOCAT application together, and for the fantastic outcome. While I am still dealing with the emotional ramifications of what happened to me, I now feel like I have the means to continue rebuilding myself and my life. Thank you.

    CC
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