Testimonials

In the words of our clients

Kelso Lawyers have been specialising in child sex abuse cases for 30 years. From the first phone call to the day a case is finalised, clients are supported and treated with respect, understanding and compassion. You can read what our clients say about working with us here.

Anonymous

“It’s now been a few years since Kelso’s worked on my behalf to achieve a settlement, and the impact on my life has been enormous. At the time I was really impressed by the way they were able to combine their legal professionalism with genuine empathy for me as a

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Rona Carlon

I am very happy that I chose Kelso Lawyers to handle my claim. Throughout the whole process, the advice I received and the questions I was asked were honest, appropriate and helped me to focus. On the day of mediation, I felt supported and guided by Peter and Rachel towards

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Patricia

Throughout this whole process, I wouldn’t have handled it without the help of Kelso Lawyers. When I felt I couldn’t go on, you were there to guide me and give me strength. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You will never be forgotten. *name changed to

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Anne Avery

After responding to Peter Kelso on Facebook and discussing my case, I found Peter to be very understanding and helpful. Both Peter and Ashley were particularly good at discussing delicate information and traversing the legal system. Money will never replace what I lost and what was taken from me, but

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Lorraine Kohn

I would like to thank my lawyer, Lydia Kelso, for all her ground work on my case. I would also like to thank Bonny Djuric for finding me a truly honest and caring law firm. Without Bonny and Kelso Lawyers I’m sure none of the PGH girls would be where

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Robyn

Thank you is not enough to say to this fantastic team!! From my first conversation with Peter Kelso, this man put me at ease. From his own experience, he has a true insight into what it was like to be a State ward. He is a true hero for all

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Anona “Gidget” Carter

After feeling worthless for most of my life, I finally found the right people to help me receive compensation for all the abuse I endured as a child in a religious institution. Thank you, Kelso Lawyers for the respect shown to me and my family. Being compensated has helped me

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Susan Kendall

I honestly appreciate all that Kelso Lawyers did for me. Every step was explained along the way and I always felt I was kept up to date in the process. Although I found the mediation difficult, my lawyers Ashley and Lydia, made the day as painless and stress-free as possible

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CJ

Thank you, Peter… Survivors like us live with the constant knowledge that religious institutions are not always what they purport to be – and they are motivated by self-interest above all else. Living this reality is tough, and the work of you and your team makes all the difference. In

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Gail Stubbings

My life has been a bit of a rollercoaster. I had 50 years of hatred bottled away as a result of child abuse. I used various substances for years to try and free myself from the chains of my experiences in Parramatta Girls Home and my ordeal in the Hay

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Dionne Paige

My claim was highly sensitive and emotionally challenging at times. However, my lawyer, Jodie and her assistant, Kayla, were totally compassionate. They were my rock during upsetting times. They always followed through and never let me down. They consistently went above and beyond and the outcome was much better than

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Mary*

My experience with Kelso Lawyers could not possibly have been improved in any way. From the outset, all interactions were 100% professional, sensitive and supportive. Although the process was very difficult for me, my lawyer, Jodie, supported me tirelessly the whole way through. During periods when I became discouraged, it

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Robyn Lawson

I would like to thank Peter Kelso and the team. Without them I would have no closure. I highly recommend Kelso Lawyers. I was treated with nothing but the utmost respect and courtesy. I am also grateful for my outcome. I wish all others that follow me the best of

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Jennifer Waters

I cannot thank you all enough. You have taken the stress out of the entire process. I was kept well informed of what was happening and the outcome was more than I ever expected. I can’t find the words to thank you enough. Thank you Lydia and Kelso Lawyers for

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Susan

I am 42 years old. I recently decided to look into the possibility of claiming compensation from the Catholic Church for child sexual abuse. My claim has now been settled. I do not normally write testimonials, though I feel that it is important to do so, as it will allow

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Dianne Wilson

I strongly support any person that needs a professional team of lawyers to choose Kelso Lawyers. I have had a positive outcome, both financially as well as psychologically, as a result of their dedication in fighting for the rights of downtrodden people – people who have been harmed emotionally, physically

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Nora Duxbury

When I submitted my claim for compensation to Kelso Lawyers, I was very nervous. Would I be believed? I can’t thank Peter Kelso and his staff enough for their compassion and sensitivity towards me. Child sexual abuse is very difficult to talk about. Winning a payout vindicated me. Crimes were

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Christine

In my childhood I was a victim of sexual abuse by my mother. The abuse I suffered was horrible and frequent. My father didn’t know what my mother was doing to me.  I could not tell him or anyone else about the sexual abuse because my mother threatened me and

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Arthur and Brian

In June 2014, I gave evidence to the public hearing of the Royal Commission into Child Abuse at Christian Brother institutions. At the hearing it was suggested that I contact Kelso Lawyers to get advice on how to proceed on the issue of compensation. On speaking to Peter Kelso, he

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Margaret Heathwood

In 2013, when the Royal Commission into Child Abuse commenced I made the decision to give evidence and tell my story. At the same time I chanced upon the Kelsos website and made contact with the firm by giving them my details. From the moment I was contacted I felt

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Greg Scully

Shame, guilt and self-loathing is all I had experienced for over 30 years. Although I had made enquiries with a few different lawyers regarding the Royal Commission into Child Abuse, it was an unexpected call I received from Peter Kelso one afternoon. You see, so many other firms had either

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Stephen

I was very pleased when I heard that there would be a Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse. To me it was time for recognition and apology for the wrong-doing I suffered. I proceeded to make my statement to the Royal Commission and subsequently had a private session to tell

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Jodi Dalbel

My brother was the victim of a vicious assault in 2011 and suffered a very serious head injury. He was in intensive care in hospital and it was uncertain whether he would live. My brother lived away from his family, so we really didn’t know his history as far as

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Rob Roseworne

After going through civil litigation against the Christian Brothers and winning, I copped a legal bill of nearly $100k from two solicitors which was not covered by the religious order. I started this quest for justice for the hundred or so victims at my school in 2010 and have taken

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Kim Dempsey

Thank you to all the staff and to Peter and Ashley for such a great outcome. I personally would like to recommend Kelso Lawyers for any legal matter as Peter and his son, Ashley are both wonderful, compassionate human beings. This firm handled my case on a very sensitive matter

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John

After speaking to my doctor about the abuse I suffered whilst at a Catholic school, my doctor advised me to seek legal advice and look on the internet. When looking on the internet I came across Kelso Lawyers. I first spoke to Peter Kelso who straight away put me at

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