Class Actions

Update: 23 December 2020

The lead plaintiff and the defendants have reached an in principle settlement agreement in this proceeding.  The settlement is subject to approval from the Supreme Court of Victoria and the plaintiff has made an application for approval of the settlement.  The application for approval has been listed for determination on 29 March 2021.

In accordance with the orders made by the Honourable Associate Justice Daly on 21 December 2020, a copy of the notification to group members of the settlement can be downloaded here.

If you wish to register as a group member, please download the Registration Form  and return a copy to our office by 4:00pm on 5 February 2021.

If you wish to object to the settlement, please download the Objection notice and return a copy to our office by 4:00pm on 5 February 2021.

Class Action Summary

During the period 1968 to 1987, Anne Hamilton-Byrne was the head of and the administrator of a group of adults and children constituting a sect known as “The Family”. It is alleged that during this period, the children in the sect were subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment at the direction of Anne Hamilton-Byrne.

Mills Oakley commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria on 1 August 2017 on behalf of those persons who were raised as Anne Hamilton-Byrne’s children within the Family, and who suffered injury (whether physical or psychological) as a result of actions of Anne Hamilton-Byrne and or her servants or agents.

If you were raised in the Family as Anne Hamilton-Byrne’s child in this period and were subjected to cruel and inhumane treatment, you may be entitled to compensation.

The deadline for group members to opt-out of this proceeding is 4.00pm on 27 September 2018.
Download the opt-out notice here.

To enquire about the class action, or to obtain copies of the documents filed with the Court if you are a group member, please complete the online registration below.


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