The Not for Profit and Social Enterprise team assists organisations with challenges they face in a proactive way while still maintaining a high level of sensitivity and compassion in what can be a difficult and emotional area of law.

Nevett Ford has been providing legal advice to organisations for over twenty years. The team has extensive experience in establishing internal redress schemes and assessing and investigating allegations of historical and contemporary abuse and other inappropriate behaviour. Such experience has provided the team with a broad knowledge of the law as well as the skills and personal approach required to resolve sensitive and often complex claims.

Our team has extensive experience in formal and informal dispute resolution processes and successfully balances the needs of restorative justice with the practical concerns of the organisation. Our aim is to resolve matters without the need for formal and costly litigation, however we also have the capacity and court experience required for formal litigation. Our team has acted for clients in jurisdictions across Australia including Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales. We have also represented clients involved in the the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and State Inquiries in both South Australia and Victoria.

We are proud of the professional reputation and relationships we have developed in this area of law, not only amongst our clients but also with plaintiff law firms and other survivor focused organisations.

With new legislation relating to recourse for child sexual abuse being introduced across most jurisdictions and the common law developing at a rapid pace, we are able to assist organisations in navigating the current challenges they face.

Areas we can assist with include:

  • Management, investigation and assessment of historic and contemporary allegations of abuse including providing recommendations as to potential options;

  • Proactively assisting organisations in settlements of matters utilising formal and informal methods of dispute resolution;

  • Managing litigated matters in all courts within Victoria and jurisdictions across Australia;

  • Conducting external and independent investigations in to allegations of improper conduct within an organisation;

  • Advising clients on current policies and assessing risk management;

  • Assisting organisations with workplace related matters, including issues regarding clergy and volunteers; and

  • Assisting clients with allegations that occur within the organisation, including bullying and other inappropriate behaviour.

In addition to the above, we are happy to discuss any areas in which your organisation may require assistance.