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Institutional Abuse Lawyer

Fern Lawyers are dedicated to seeking compensation for survivors of institutional abuse.

How we can help

With 99% of our matters resulting in successful outcomes, we offer empathetic and experienced legal representation to guide you through this challenging process.

We provide advice on the National Redress Scheme and are proud to have achieved outcomes that far exceed the maximum amount of $150,000 under the Scheme for our clients.

Sexual abuse claims

If you suffered inappropriate touching or sexual assault while under the care of an institution, you may be entitled to compensation and benefits. Our team handles claims against various institutions, including churches, schools, government entities, and youth organisations, across Australia.

We stand by survivors of abuse, providing compassionate support and robust legal advocacy to ensure their voices are heard and their rights upheld.

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Direct offender claims

Even if the abuse did not occur within an institution, you may still have legal recourse. If the offender is alive, has been convicted of the offence, and possesses assets, such as a house, you may be able to make a direct claim against them. Our team can assess your situation and advise you on the best course of action.

Claims we can help you with

Juvenile Justice Centres
Church / Religious Institutions
Schools and Colleges
Various other institutions



Free Consultation

Take the first step towards justice by scheduling a free consultation with one of our experienced lawyers. Our consultations are confidential and carry no obligation. During this session, we’ll provide guidance on the best course of action for your claim, allowing you to move forward with the knowledge you need to make informed decisions.


No Win, No Fee

We understand the immense courage it takes to come forward and seek justice for the trauma you’ve endured. That’s why we operate on a no win, no fee basis, ensuring that financial concerns don’t get in the way of you pursuing your deserved compensation.


Your advocate

We advocate for our clients to get you the best possible outcome and achieve justice.


Personalised Service

Our individual, personalised approach means you will speak to the same lawyer throughout the process, guaranteed.

Take Action Today

Don’t suffer in silence.

If you’ve been a victim of institutional abuse, reach out to us today to explore your legal options. Our team is here to provide the support and guidance you need to seek closure and progress through to compensation. Your story matters and we’re here to help.

Contact Us

For a limited time, we are offering free consultations to those that require legal advice.

Our Reviews

Based on 110 reviews
Kayla Barcelli
Kayla Barcelli
Amazing advice and a huge level of care. I have Lan Ding to represent me. She is concise but is wary of her client's understanding of the situation they are in. And with all this, she actually cares too. Smart, thoughtful and to the point, what more could you ask for?! You'll be looked after by the people at Fern Lawyers, I assure you!
Jess Dillon
Jess Dillon
Mitchell and Nassie are very genuine and give best advice.
Andrew Farmer
Andrew Farmer
Working with Fern Lawyers in Sydney, I feel incredibly lucky to have such a great team including Myriel and Lan working on my behalf. Every step of the process has been explained clearly to me and and Fern Lawyers has persistently provided regular updates to ensure I was always kept informed. If you are looking for legal help and unsure who to turn to, then give Fern Lawyers a call.. I am sure, like me, you will be happy you did.
cain parrott
cain parrott
Very professional, and very helpful at every stage, thank you Fern lawyers.
David Massouh
David Massouh
I had a work place injury an was stressed out an had Mitchell from fern lawyers took my case on, they helped me in every way an possibly through my whole injury an fought really hard for me. Outcome was more then I expected!!!! Mitchell is very knowledgeable in his field an specialised the ins an out of my complicated case. Thank you so much for everything Top work Champion!! I highly recommend fern lawyers.
Michele Solari
Michele Solari
I would like to thank Mitchell, Linda & all the staff at Fern lawyers for their tireless work & expertise with my workers compensation case. They have assisted me to gain the best possible outcome with my case & I am eternally grateful ☺️
I called for legal advise but unfortunately, Fern Lawyers did not specialise in my case. Nevertheless, Mitchell Hajje was very informative and took the time to listen to me and even gone as far as provide me with recommendations of other firms. I'm not even a client and I felt like I was being treated with utmost respect. Thank you
Tina Kontos
Tina Kontos
They helped me so much and quickly too
Email from me
Email from me
I recommend Fern Lawyers for your PI or WC case. I googled firms and naturally there were a plethora of solicitors in this field. I researched different firms and read their work and reviews, I looked at large firms (who advertise on TV and the web) as well as boutique firms. I found Fern lawyers and felt them suitable. They were quick to respond and arrange a time. I swiftly met with Mitchell (principal). He was patient, thorough, listened and was well versed in the relevant legislation. He made me feel like the first person to believe me. Because of him I proceeded with them and my claim. His expertise gave me the comfort of knowing that I had been aggrieved all along. Whilst I had 3 solicitors during my claim of 2 years, they all were efficient, prompt, knowledgeable and quick to respond. If you have the misfortune of being injured at work and are contemplating a firm or deliberating between large behemoths or boutique firms, I genuinely recommend Fern Lawyers for your case.