Meet Peter Kelso, a lawyer who grew up in State care. Peter is the sole director of Kelso Lawyers. I haven’t always talked openly about growing up as a ward of the State. I kept…
As specialists in child abuse compensation claims, Kelso Lawyers have represented hundreds of survivors of child abuse across Australia.
The firm was established in 1986 by lawyer, Peter Kelso, a former State ward who has himself experienced child abuse. You can read Peter’s story here.
We took on our first child abuse case in 1988, and now such cases are the sole focus of our firm.
With Peter at our helm, we have a unique take on how to help survivors of child abuse to rebuild their lives. Every member of our team — from our legal secretaries to our paralegals and solicitors — appreciates the devastating impact child abuse can have on the lives of survivors. Compassion and empathy is at the core of everything we do.
Peter Kelso, Director and Founder
Jodie Scanlon, Senior Associate
Ash Kelso, Senior Associate
Jade Cooper, Solicitor
Luke Garaty, Solicitor
Rachel Garrett, Solicitor
Lydia Kelso, Solicitor
Our Support Team:
Nathan White, Law Graduate
Patricia Hall, Paralegal
Helen Orr, Law Clerk
Jana Centeno, Law Clerk
Jordano Vasquez, Law Clerk
Our Management & Administration Team:
Kayla Rogalewski, Practice Manager
Aneta Poposki, Legal Assistant
Grace Outram, Legal Assistant
Jane Foster, Legal Assistant
Bethany Brunton, Legal Assistant
Steffi Mathews, Legal Assistant
Bronte Forrester, Legal Assistant
It is our mission to help survivors to achieve a ‘breakthrough moment’, where they can leave their painful memories of abuse in the past.
In years past, institutions and churches have strongly resisted financial settlements and fought to keep payments to a minimum. This is finally changing. The establishment of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is shining a light on the poor practices of institutions and strengthening the cases of child abuse victims.
There has never been a better time for child abuse survivors to seek justice.
In addition to negotiating compensation packages, we support our clients in securing written and verbal apologies. We understand that an apology is often as important to survivors as a financial settlement. Some of our clients have even had their written apologies framed.
And we don’t just represent the interests of child abuse survivors individually. We play a broader role in advocating for changes to laws and government practices that affect child abuse victims.
We are strongly committed to making a difference … and this is what makes us different.