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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.

Angela Sdrinis

Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist and expert in Comcare and Sexual and Institutional Abuse.   

In 2014 Angela established her own practice Angela Sdrinis Legal, a firm which specialises in Comcare and Sexual and Institutional Abuse.        

Angela has been a Personal Injuries Accredited Specialist since the scheme was introduced in 1993. She became a member of the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV) Personal Injuries Specialisation Committee in 2001 and was Chair of that Committee between 2007 and 2012.  Angela was elected to the LIV Council in 2013 and was a member of the Executive of the Council in 2014.  Angela resigned from the LIV Council in 2016 but remains a member of the Workers' Compensation Committe, the LIV/AMA Committee and the Specialisation Board. Angela was a founding member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance (formerly Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association) and has been on both the Victorian and National Councils. She was the first Victorian President of APLA.                   

Angela is an expert in Comcare claims and has been acting for Commonwealth employees and other workers covered by the national scheme since 1982.  Angela provided advice to the then Seamen’s Union of Australia leading up to the drafting and passing of the Seafarer’s Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1992.  She was also a member of the Comcare Liaison Committee from 2005 to 2010. Angela has acted for victims of Defence abuse and supervised claims that have been pursued through the Defence Abuse Response Taskforce. Angela has made submissions to Government with respect to inquiries into the Comcare scheme. Angela has 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 has a special interest in Sexual and Institutional Abuse and has been a passionate advocate for the rights of children abused in care. Hear Angela Sdrinis' interview by Sue Taffe for the Forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants Oral History Project on the National Library of Australia website by clicking here.  Angela is regarded as a leading expert in this area and has been instrumental in developing a settlement protocol in claims involving the State of Victoria and other non-Government organisations.  Angela is a founding member of the Commission of Inquiry Now (COIN) which was instrumental in pressuring the Victorian Government to set up an inquiry into the handling of child sex abuse allegations by churches and non-government organisations.  Angela was a Director of the In Good Faith Foundation between 2014 and 2016, an organisation dedicated to the recovery of victims of clergy abuse. Angela has made submissions on Sexual and institutional abuse to the Senate Inquiry into Forgotten Australians, the Victorian Parliamentary inquiry into the handling of criminal abuse claims by religious and non Government organisations and to the Royal Commission into child sex abuse. Angela has been called to give evidence before two Senate Inquiries on the abuse of children in institutional care and before the Victorian Parliamentary Committee.  Angela has been invited to participate in Royal Commission Round Tables on Civil Litigation and Redress. Angela is a member of the Knowmore Subcommittee of the NACLAC Board. The Knowmore Legal Service was established in 2012 to support people engaging with the Royal Commission Into Child Abuse. Angela Sdrinis Legal has represented numerous witnesses giving evidence at the Royal Commision into Child Abuse including at public hearings into the Salvation Army (Southern Territory), the Catholic Church, Geelong Grammar and the Defence Force.
Angela has also been a member of the Victorian Chapter Board of the College Of Law since 2016.
Angela Sdrinis also has over 30 years’ experience in acting for people injured in motor vehicle accidents and in public places. Angela is a member of the Law Institute Accident Compensation Committee and has been active in opposing tort reforms which have sought to abolish or reduce the rights of victims.

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The article “When a win against Comcare isn’t really a win” (SMH 13/9/18-https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/when-a-win-against-comcare-isn-t-really-a-win-20180913-p503es.html) completely reflects the experience of many of our Comcare clients.

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Catholic clergy commit six times as much abuse as all other churches combined and he said that this was a conservative estimate.

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