Former Newcastle Anglican Dean charged and Royal Commission to hold final sitting

Charges have been laid against Former Anglican Dean Graeme Lawrence relating to the sexual assault of a teenage boy in the 1990s. Lawrence, 75, retired from the Church in 2008 and was subsequently defrocked in…

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Child abuse compensation solicitors specialising in cases arising from the Child Abuse Royal Commission.

Our work includes historic child abuse involving clergy, church staff, school teachers, Defence Force personnel, residential children’s home staff, foster parents, youth workers and junior sports coaches.

The legal process can be intimidating but it can play a powerful role in helping survivors to heal. We have helped hundreds of survivors claim substantial compensation payments and apologies from the governments, churches and institutions responsible for their suffering.

We bring justice for victims. We bring fear to the institutions that betrayed them. We bring hope that this will never happen again.
Peter's Story
Our Work
Foster Parent Abuse

The Royal Commission was an important start to achieving justice for thousands of child sexual abuse victims. They shone the light into the darkness and the cover ups which has fuelled child sexual abuse in…

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Royal Commission into Child Abuse

A steady stream of horrific headlines about institutional cover-ups of child sexual abuse prompted Australian governments to finally act. Inquiries in Victoria and NSW were first established, before former Prime Minister, Julia Gillard announced a…

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Clergy and Institutional Abuse Claims

Australia’s dark history of clerical and institutional abuse of children is finally coming to light. After decades of denial and disbelief, the voices of child abuse survivors are now being heard. In 2009, hundreds of…

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Alternative Dispute Resolution for Child Abuse Compensation

As the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse continues to hear shocking allegations about physical and sexual abuse committed on children throughout the country, Kelso Lawyers is easing the financial settlement process…

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Peter Kelso, director of child abuse solicitors Kelso Lawyers, knows the devastating impact of child abuse all too well. Peter became a State ward at age five and grew up separated from his siblings. He experienced physical and emotional abuse in foster care.

For a long time, Peter kept his abuse a secret. But in recent years, he has let his guard down. Sharing his story has helped other survivors to feel safer in sharing theirs.

Peter knows that it’s possible to turn the corner and, with his legal expertise, seeks to help his clients to achieve a ‘breakthrough moment’. This may be through pursuing financial settlements and apologies, or by supporting survivors in giving evidence to the Child Abuse Royal Commission.

Our Team

Kelso Lawyers was established by Peter Kelso in 1986. The firm has been actively engaged with victims of abuse since 1988. The firm conducts the largest number of claims for compensation for victims in New South Wales.

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Survivor's Stories

Sexually and physically abused as a child at a Marist Brothers’ orphanage, Rick turned to alcohol and illicit drugs to dull the memories. The abuse impacted upon all areas of his life – from his education and mental health, to his relationship with his children.

Rick’s life story is a common one. Read survivors’ stories here.

Are you entitled to compensation? Enquire with Kelso Lawyers