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Sensitive and specialist advice

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will have a major impact on how the Churches govern themselves. Working through the anticipated reforms and new approaches to more consultative models of governance will require a level of specialised advice that is rarely found.

Subtle (but important) distinctions arise in each of the Christian Churches and ecclesial communities. This adds another level of complexity. Different structures and ecclesiological understandings can impact aspects of Church governance and operations.

Unique insight to common and canon law

Mullins has extensive experience working with different Christian Churches and ecclesial communities in Australia, and our largest religious orders and church bodies.

Our Partner Pat Mullins is Australia’s only canon lawyer to simultaneously practise as a common lawyer. Pat has an understanding of the Catholic positions in canon law, and an ecumenical sensitivity to the many subtle differences applicable for other Churches and ecclesial communities.

He regularly advises Church and religious organisations on the day-to-day operation of schools and charities; and helps manage issues around legislative compliance and risk. Such areas include:

  • Code of canon law in regard to governance and operations
  • Complaints resolution including compensation
  • Conduct and professional standards issues
  • Employment law
  • Property including sales and refurbishments
  • Safeguarding policies and statutory obligations
  • School and charity operations
  • Structuring advice, sensitive to canon law and other discrete ecclesiological requirements
  • Trusts
  • Wills and estates