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Pell appeal: How does the appeal process work? Pell appeal: How does the appeal process work?

Published on 08 March 2019: Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of child sexual abuse. Held at Melbourne Assessment Prison, Pell has now been incarcerated for over a week. He has sought leave to appeal and the court has set a date of 7-8 June to hear the application and should that application be successful, the appeal itself.

Women in law – the past, present and future Women in law – the past, present and future

Published on 08 March 2019: Today - March 8th - is International Women's Day. A day when we reflect on the progress made and work still to be done to achieve gender equality. In this blog, I take a look at the history of women in the legal profession in Victoria.

Sex abuse perpetrators should be struck from Victims of Crime process Sex abuse perpetrators should be struck from Victims of Crime process

Published on 05 March 2019: Survivors of sex abuse have already been traumatised so why should their perpetrator be involved with a victims application for assistance? Many will say that the experience only re-traumatises the survivor.

Which types of organisations can be sued for sex abuse? Which types of organisations can be sued for sex abuse?

Published on 05 March 2019: While the Catholic Church is currently in the spotlight for abuse crimes, the sexual abuse of children can occur in any number of institutions. Ryan Carlisle Thomas has mounted common law damages claims against churches, foster care placements and governments

Pell verdict: have we learnt nothing from the Royal Commission? Pell verdict: have we learnt nothing from the Royal Commission?

Published on 01 March 2019: Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty, and the news and opinion sites are filled with commentary about the perpetrator. Was he unfairly convicted, will he succeed on his appeal, what will life be like for him in jail?

Redundancy: will an 'exit medical' affect my WorkCover claim? Redundancy: will an 'exit medical' affect my WorkCover claim?

Published on 28 February 2019: There is no legal obligation on a worker who accepts a redundancy or is otherwise terminated from employment to attend an exit medical. Our concern is that the results from an ‘exit medical’ may be used by the employer to thwart any WorkCover claim lodged by a worker after they have accepted their redundancy.

Pell running Church sex abuse scheme while abusing children Pell running Church sex abuse scheme while abusing children

Published on 26 February 2019: Along with news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction today for child sexual assault comes the astonishing realisation that at the time he was sexually abusing his young victims, he was also managing the Catholic Church’s response to child sexual abuse - the so-called Melbourne Response.

What happens to my Facebook when I die? What happens to my Facebook when I die?

Published on 22 February 2019: Our digital presence is rapidly increasing and with it our intangible, but real, digital wealth, creating growing complexities when making a Will. We look at how to undertake effective digital estate planning.

UK child migrant compensation fund now open to Australia UK child migrant compensation fund now open to Australia

Published on 20 February 2019: The British government has finally followed through on the recommendations of the Inquiry in the United Kingdom (UK), made in 2018, that child migrants sent to institutions in Australia and other parts of the world, should receive compensation.

Tackling the 'back to school blues' as a separated family Tackling the 'back to school blues' as a separated family

Published on 15 February 2019: The back to school period can be a time of high anxiety for both kids and parents of separated families, particularly when family law issues come in to play. We look at why this is often the case.

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