• 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*

*Please remember to to include .au in our email address to ensure that we receive your communication.

 

 

 

In pursuit of justice
Testimonials
  • You are a wonderful warrior for truth and justice.

    Mary
  • I do not think that words can fully express my gratitude, but I will try.  It took me a number of years to decide to proceed with legal action for my abuse claim.  I had heard about Waller Legal from a friend and I must say that all he said was correct, in that they are awesome, sympathetic, etc.  But not ever what he told me prepared me for the experience that I had dealing with Waller Legal.  Firstly, Elisa.  You are a lovely empathetic soul who I truly felt comfortable dealing with.  You were even able to make me laugh on my down days of going through and discussing legal issues pertaining to my case.  It was a pleasure dealing with you. Thank you so much.

    Vivian Waller you too are amazing both as a person and as a legal representative.  I felt so comfortable with you from our very first meeting.  You spoke like a sister to me, not just as a lawyer.  Your legal ability is truly outstanding and you represented me with 110% effort always.  You made the hearing easy for me, as I had total confidence in you.

    For everyone who is hesitant to make a claim against an abuser, please do not hesitate to have Vivian and her staff represent you.  Truly amazing people.  Thanks so much again.

    JF
  • 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
  • Thank you for what you did, what you said and who you are, your thoughtfulness will always be remembered with more gratitude that you could ever know.

    Cheryl
  • 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
  • I have thought of you often and the journey and the process of the last couple of years.  As a survivor you can think that every end step will be closure—arrest, guilt, sentencing, criminal case finished, civil case complete.  But there is never really an end.  Each part of the process is just a step closer to healing and closure.  You and your staff did a fab job of walking me through the civil case.

    For six months the money has sat idle in an account I can’t touch.  It feels as though if I touch it I am accepting it as silence money and once again feeling gagged.  But I am getting there.  It will be used towards a fresh start.  Hope for a more whole and healed future.  Thank you for being part of the process.

    Thank you for your professionalism, support, and persistence.

    KD
  • 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
  • What Dr Waller has achieved for me is nothing short of a miracle.  At the age of 60 I was feeling very upset at the abuse that I had encountered as a very young girl at the hands of a Salesian Brother.  My dealings with the Salesians many years later to try and resolve the matter left a very bitter taste in my mouth.  In fact, they made me feel abused all over again.  Vivian Waller was referred to me by Broken Rites, and that was the day my life changed.  I am so grateful that my words feel a little trite.

    Vivian has a no nonsense approach, keeps you on track, is honest, and like a dog with a bone, she keeps you going to have the desired outcome.  The world needs more Vivians.  Myself and my family are forever grateful to you.  Thanks mate, you’re my hero.

    Cathie
  • I would like to thank you for acting on behalf in regards to the Christian Brothers.  Your logo “in pursuit of justice” says it all.  I didn’t know what to expect and very nearly withdrew from the whole process, but I am happy I didn’t.

    The most rewarding aspect for me was the sensitivity and warmth shown by you in relation to a very complex and emotional matter.  Also the knowledge that there are people willing to stand up on behalf of people like me has a healing effect.  I would also like to thank your staff for their warm and professional matter in this whole process.  You said to me during the phone appointment that you counted it a privilege to act for people like me.  Well Dr Waller, the privilege was all mine.  I wish you all the best in the future.

    JC
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