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Institutional abuse compensation lawyers

We know what it’s like to be hurt. Our founding director Peter Kelso knows first-hand the emotional and physical pain of foster parent abusejust listen to his story. We know what it’s like having the trauma of your abuser living in your head rent free – and we want to help you get them out for good.

When you choose Kelso Lawyers, you choose crusaders against establishments who need to be held accountable for their actions. You are choosing to put your trust in a team who will not only help you win your case but give you the explanation and support required to know exactly what’s happening, every step of the way.

We are specialists in abuse compensation. Our team played a crucial role for many victims in The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: we supported them throughout their hearings and fought the relevant institutions to ensure our clients received the apologies and compensation they deserved. The Child Abuse Royal Commission highlighted the abuse rife within the Australian Defence Force, so we began helping veterans with their claims against the Commonwealth government. Our battle against abuse includes police officers abused by their fellow colleagues in the workplace.

There is no good reason for abuse and our unstoppable team will help you in the battle against your abuser. We will do everything in our power to ensure you receive justice.

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
Compensation for Medical Negligence and Malpractice

What is medical negligence? When you get advice or treatment from a health professional, you are owed a duty of care. If the health professional fails to apply the proper standard of care, the physical,…

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Abuse Law and the Education System

The culture of abuse that spread through Australia’s education institutions. Education is a right that should be afforded to every child, regardless of circumstances. To deny a safe, supportive school environment for any child is…

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Reparation Payments for Victims of Abuse in the Australian Defence Force A policy announcement made in late 2017 has paved the way for victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse and serious harassment in the Australian Defence Force to receive one off reparation payments from the Commonwealth... Read More
Abuse Law and the Clergy

The Catholic Clergy has failed us The Catholic Church in Australia has been forced to admit its extensive failings over several decades relating to widespread child sexual abuse throughout several institutions. Landmark proceedings like the…

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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, or apologies from the institution responsible for your abuse.

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.

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Peter listened and accepted, cared and gave me hope. He gained my trust in a phone call. I never thought that was possible. Read Greg Scully’s testimonial here.