ADF survivors.

we can provide legal advice to current and past members of the ADF or cadets.

For those who have experienced sexual harassment or abuse during their employment, we can provide legal assistance and guidance to:

  • Survivors that have brought successful DART (Defence Abuse Response Taskforce) claims and are receiving no other benefits relating to the abuse.
  • Survivors that did not bring DART claims as they were unaware of the scheme and are receiving no benefits associated with the abuse.
  • Survivors that have received benefits but are seeking non-financial outcomes such as an acknowledgement of harm, an apology for the harm caused and an assurance that changes have been made to prevent future harm.

Many survivors do not come forward due to the shame and humiliation and it is not until many years later that they tell someone for the first time. They also believe that they will not be listened to. This is not unusual for survivors. For survivors to achieve some form of closure it is essential that all parties handle the claim with considerable empathy.

initial consultation.

In order to give you the best legal advice, we need to hear your story. We realise it is important that you feel comfortable sharing your story. We are happy to meet with you at a place and time suitable for you. We can meet face to face, by Skype or telephone. There will be no charge for the initial consultation if you decide not to proceed with a claim.

costs.

At Donaldson Law, we believe in always being upfront about our costs. If after our initial consultation, you decide to proceed with your claim, you will be charged on a speculative basis.

That means you will only be charged our professional fees and any expenses we have incurred on your behalf, if and when your claim is successfully finalised.

We make the following assurances about our fees and expenses:

  • We do not charge you expenses for telephone calls or other administration expenses.
  • We do not charge an uplift or “success” fee on top of our costs.
  • We do not charge interest on any expenses we incur on your behalf during the claim

support services.

We encourage you to talk to and rely on the support of family, friends and professional services.