we can provide individual legal advice and guidance to land holders whose properties have been contaminated by PFAS chemicals.

Our director Adair Donaldson, understands the issues facing families living on land contaminated by PFAS chemicals, better than most.

Adair grew up on his family’s property in Oakey which adjoins the Oakey Army Aviation Base and his family made an informed decision to negotiate with the Commonwealth direct rather than becoming part of a Class Action.

Adair has significant experience representing land holders in relation to land resumption issues, and he also holds a degree in property valuation. These skills, coupled with years spent negotiating with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) on other claims make him and the Donaldson Law team, uniquely qualified to assist land holders affected by PFAS contamination.

Donaldson Law’s expertise lies in negotiating, in a collaborative manner, settlements for individuals. We recognise that every landholder’s claim is different and deserves to be negotiated on their own unique set of merits.

We also understand that not everyone wants their day in court or be involved with adversarial litigation with long periods of uncertainty. In our experience most landholders are not interested in apportioning blame what they are seeking is a fair resolution to a complex issue.

I have read about the oakey land contamination class action. do I have to join the class action in order to secure a settlement for my property?

No. The Commonwealth has indicated that they are prepared to negotiate with individual landholders quite separately from any Class Action. At Donaldson Law we understand that there are landholders that are seeking non-litigious outcomes and they do not need a court ordered settlement. We negotiate on your behalf, directly with Defence. This means we can negotiate based on your own unique circumstances and impacts, rather than based on impacts to the entire ‘class’. Everybody has different needs and different circumstances and our approach allows your unique impacts to be carefully considered.

can you come to my property so I can talk to you about our matter here?

Yes, absolutely. The Donaldson Law team have an office in Toowoomba so we are not far away. Our Director, Adair Donaldson, grew up in Oakey and has family and current clients there so visits often.

I’ve tried negotiating directly with Defence but they didn’t listen, how will you make them listen?

With a legal issue like the Oakey land contamination, you need to have a lawyer on your side who is experienced in negotiating with the Commonwealth. Lawyers who are experienced in this area know how to best approach the issue and who to direct their communications too. Donaldson Law represents other Oakey land owners and families like yourself.

initial consultation.

In order to give you the best legal advice, we need to hear 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 will endeavor to recover the majority of our costs and outlays (generally 50-60%) from the other side.
  • We do not charge you for telephone calls or other administration expenses.
  • We do not charge an uplift or “success” fee on top of our costs.
  • There is no involvement of litigation funders.
  • 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.