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welcome

Even though AS Legal’s Melbourne office is now physically closed due to Stage 4 COVID restrictions, business is continuing as usual. Our reception is still operating as is our info@aslegal.com.au email address for general inquiries. Your lawyer and legal assistants are all accessible via phone and/or email. Mail has been redirected and we are dealing with all correspondence. Having said that, delivery of “snail mail” has slowed down significantly and we ask all clients and parties to forward correspondence electronically if at all possible to do so.  Our Hobart office is operating as usual.

Please be assured that despite the current challenges Angela Sdrinis Legal will continue to work diligently to push matters through and to remain accessible. We will get through this together. Stay safe.

Angela graduated with an Arts/Law degree in 1982 and commenced practice handling workers compensation claims for injured workers. Between 1985 and 1986, Angela worked as an Industrial and Legal Officer for the Federated Fire Fighter’s Union. In 1986, Angela returned to personal injuries and has been a personal injuries Law Institute Accredited specialist since 1993. Angela is supported by a team of experienced solicitors and paralegals dedicated to the provision of expert, trauma informed legal advice.

Our office is on the lands of the Yulukut Weelam of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to the Elders past, present and emerging and acknowledge the strength and resilience of all Aboriginal people.

Comcare

If you were injured at work in Commonwealth employment or in the course of employment with a licensee, you may be entitled to compensation under the Comcare scheme.

 

Sexual and Institutional Abuse

If you have been a victim of childhood abuse, we can give you specific advice regarding the type of claims that are open to you including out of court settlement processes or the issuing of legal proceedings.

WorkCover

If you were injured in state-based employment, you may be entitled to benefits under the Workcover scheme and/or common law damages.

 

Superannuation and TPD Claims

If you are unable to work, you may be entitled to weekly benefits or a lump sum under your superannuation fund.

 

TAC

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to benefits under the Transport Accident Scheme and/or common law damages.

 

VOCAT Applications

If you have been a victim of crime, even if there has been no conviction, you may be entitled to compensation through the Victims of Crime Assistance Scheme.

Sentencing Act Applications

If you have been a victim of a crime and your perpetrator has been convicted of offences against you, the sentencing judge can order him/her to pay you compensation.

 

 

 

Public Liability

If you were injured in a public place and someone else is at fault, you may be entitled to common law damages.

 

our expertise

 

Angela Sdrinis Legal was established in 2014 and specialises in Comcare, Sexual and Institutional Abuse, Workcover, Transport Accident Claims (TAC), Superannuation and TPD, Victims Of Crime Applications (VOCAT) and Public Liability. Our principal lawyer and Director, Angela Sdrinis, has been a Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist since the scheme was introduced in 1993. She has over 30 years’ experience and has acted for thousands of people who have been survivors of Institutional child sexual abuse and workplace injuries covered by the Comcare scheme. She is supported by a team of committed lawyers and paralegals who have considerable expertise in helping people with compassion and understanding.

Our firm specialises in representing people who have been survivors of Institutional abuse and is regarded a leader in this area.

Angela Sdrinis Legal has represented numerous witnesses giving evidence at the Royal Commission into Child Abuse including at public hearings into the Salvation Army (Southern Territory), the Catholic Church, Geelong Grammar and the Defence Force. 

We have pursued numerous claims for former wards of the state who allege that they have been abused in care. We have acted for child migrants who reside in Australia and the UK and for members of the Stolen Generation. We have pursued or investigated claims on Redress Funds established in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria.  

Angela Sdrinis Legal has also acted for victims of Defence Abuse

Angela Sdrinis Legal recently won a landmark decision in the Victorian Court of Appeal regarding the use of medical records in civil sexual assault cases (http://classic.austlii.edu.au/au/cases/vic/VSCA/2018/159.html).

We also provide expert advice in Comcare claims for Commonwealth employees and other workers covered by the National Scheme.  Our firm has made submissions to Government with respect to inquiries into the Comcare scheme.

We have also made submissions with respect to reviews of the Comcare scheme, bullying and harassment and the management of injuries and injury claims by Australia Post.

Angela Sdrinis Legal currently act for members of the CWU, Telecommunications and Australian Postal Workers Divisions and for members of the National Union of Workers who are covered by the Comcare Scheme. Angela Sdrinis Legal has won Comcare cases in the AAT against the Australian Federal Police, Telstra, Australia Post, the National Australia Bank, Linfox and various Commonwealth Departments and has represented injured workers in the Federal Court.

We have over 30 years’ experience in acting for people injured in motor vehicle accidents, injured at work (WorkCover) and in public places. In addition to the expertise outlined above, the team, including accredited personal injury specialists at Angela Sdrinis Legal, can provide advice on a no win no fee basis in the following areas: Superannuation and TPD and Victims Of Crime Applications (VOCAT).

 

2 October 2020: Victorian Precedent - Setting Aside Past Deed of Release

WCB v Roman Catholic Trusts Corporation for the Diocese of Sale (No 2) is the first case in Victoria to be heard under a law passed in September 2019 allowing deeds to be set aside ‘where it is just and reasonable to do so.’

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25 September 2020: Prison Abuse and the Quarantine of Compensation

If the plaintiff (a prisoner or former prisoner) is awarded damages of greater than $10,000, the defendant institution must seek Court approval to hold the compensation in the Prisoner Quarantine Fund for a period of 12 months following the publication in the Government Gazette regarding the payment.

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17 September 2020: Suspected abuse at Our Lady of Mercy College

If you have been a victim of abuse whilst a student at Our Lady of Mercy College, we strongly recommend that you receive advice as to your rights before contacting the school.

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8 September 2020: Review of Judicial Proceedings Report Act 1958 (Vic)

Section 4 was enacted in 1991, making it an offence to publish information identifying a victim of sexual assault without that person’s consent. In February 2020, amendments to the Act took effect which had contradictory effects on different groups for victims.

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2 September 2020: Offenders of ‘good character’

For child sex offences, section 5AA of the Sentencing Act requires a court to disregard an offender’s previous good character or lack of convictions, if the court is satisfied this was of assistance in the commission of the offence.

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27 August 2020: Developments in institutional liability for sexual assault: SMA v John XXIII College (No.2) [2020] ACTSC 211

The law around organisational liability for sexual assaults continues to evolve following the Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

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(03) 9686 6610

info@aslegal.com.au

Law Institute Victoria Accredited Personal Injury Specialists

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South Melbourne Office

Hobart Office

South Melbourne Office

Level 1, 239 Park Street South Melbourne 3205

Hobart Office

Unit 5, 286 Macquarie Street Hobart South 7004

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