• Catholic Clergy Claims
    Catholic Clergy Claims
    Dr Vivian Waller has acted in claims against Catholic Clergy since 1995.
  • 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.
  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
    The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
    Established in January 2013, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse investigated how institutions like schools, churches and sporting groups responded to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The Work We Do

Waller Legal is a high profile legal practice dedicated to assisting survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse.

The Work We Do

We help people obtain compensation for the psychological and physical injuries caused by institutional childhood sexual abuse. 

Civil Litigation

Where litigation is in your best interest, we will walk with you every step of the way.  We will give you independent and fearless advice including an honest appraisal of the pros and cons and the costs.

We are experienced in litigation in the Supreme, County and Magistrates Courts in Victoria. 

In 2005 our Principal Solicitor, Dr Vivian Waller, ran a successful High Court Appeal on behalf of Carol Stingel, who won the right to sue her abuser Geoff Clark.

The ‘Betrayal of Trust’ report that followed the 2013 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other non-governmental organisations recommended legislative change in Victoria.

The Limitations of Actions Amendment (Criminal Child Abuse) Act 2015, introduced as law on 1 July 2015, removed the limitation of actions period for all relevant child abuse claims.

This means that even though your abuse may have occurred many years ago it is still possible to bring a compensation claim.

Out of Court Settlements (or Alternative Dispute Resolution)

We also help people settle their claims out of court.  We’ve resolved lots of cases out of court against institutions such as the Salvation Army, and we have taken cases against the Scouts and the YMCA. We have resolved hundreds of cases for clients who have been sexually abused by Catholic Clergy, particularly Christian Brothers and Catholic priests.

Clients we assist

Survivors of Catholic Clergy Abuse

We assist people who have been sexually abused by members of the Catholic Clergy, or by lay people associated with Catholic Institutions. This includes people who have been sexually abused by members of the Christian Brothers, Diocese of Ballarat, Salesians of Don Bosco, and more.

State Wards

We look after former state wards who were sexually abused while in residential institutions, children’s homes and orphanages.  Dr Vivian Waller has been running state ward cases since the mid 1990’s, when she ran claims on behalf of clients abused as children at the Ballarat Orphanage.  Our work with care leavers has continued to be a very important part of our practice.

Indigenous Australians

We act for Indigenous Australians in relation to abuse in missions, schools and orphanages.  

TESTIMONIALS

Read some words of praise from previous clients.

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Testimonials
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dear Viv and Staff, thank you so much. You are all wonderful.

    E, L & J
  • Viv Waller spent many hours over months gathering, sorting and preparing our evidence and my statement - a statement which was webcast around Australia and the world. 

    Viv Waller has spent her professional career solely helping and assisting people who were sexually assaulted as children by those in religious organisations.  In so many cases she had taken the power from the perpetrator and given it back to the survivor.

    Viv Waller’s work is essential.  Her guidance, abilities and professionalism lead me through a most overwhelming and daunting task which I can only thank her for.

    Chrissie Foster
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