Lisa Flynn is the National Practice Leader of Shine Lawyers’ Abuse Law Practice.
With over 17 years’ experience, Lisa represents and stands as a voice for survivors of historical abuse, helping them to access justice and acknowledgement for the wrongdoing they have suffered.
Lisa leads a team of senior practitioners with over 70 collective years of experience in abuse law. With a strong understanding of the fragile state that many abuse survivors are in, her team recognises the importance of ensuring that all litigation is run in an empathetic and respectful manner.
Lisa has led some of the firm’s most significant actions brought on behalf of abuse survivors, including the representation of individuals in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Her work has also extended to fighting on behalf of hundreds of survivors of church and institutional abuse. Actions have included those brought against Brisbane Grammar School, St Paul’s School, Brisbane Boys College, The Church of England Grammar School, The Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Brisbane, the Catholic Church and the Anglican Church in Tasmania.
Throughout recent years, Lisa and her team have invested significant time and resources toward lobbying for the abolishment of Time Limitation Laws involving child sexual abuse, focusing heavily on New South Wales and Queensland. Lisa and her team have also made submissions for further change to various Commonwealth and State governments in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
She has had work published across commercial and legal press including news.com.au, The Huffington Post and the Australian Law Society as well as having her written works featured in academic publications including:
Alternative Dispute Resolution Journal: “Restorative justice: What do claims aim to achieve in alternate dispute resolution processes in sexual abuse cases?”
Journal of Personal Injury Law – Issue 2, 20-17: “Mandatory Reporting Child Sexual Abuse: The Australian Experience – Is this the best way to protect children from predators?”
Lisa has also had a strong presence in the speaking circuit, sharing recommendations for institutional change and accountability at the following:
· Legalwise Seminar – Civil Claims for Institutional Abuse (Perth 30 March 2017)
· Legalwise Seminar – Civil Claims for Institutional Abuse (Brisbane 23 March 2017)
· Legalwise Seminar – Running a Civil claim for an Institutional Abuse Matter
(Brisbane 7 September 2017) ACOTS Conference – Public Issues Private Trauma (Gold Coast 8-10 September)
· “Bringing Abuse To Light – A Convening to address the Jehovah's Witnesses’ child safety crisis
(London April 2017)
· National No More Harm Conference (Brisbane June 2017)
· National Australian Lawyers Alliance Conference (Darwin October 2017)
Lisa’s expertise is often sought out and featured in national and state media, particularly surrounding allegations and revelations of abuse perpetrated within institutions. The Age recently ran an opinion piece penned by Lisa in March 2016 – “Cardinal Pell needs to answer: could I have done more?” – discussing the developments of the Royal Commission into sexual abuse in Ballarat.
With a vested interest in social justice matters and the wellbeing of children, Lisa is an active member of pro-bono legal service provider QPILCH; she is also a member of the Executive Committee for Toormina Community Preschool, and has been involved with the Women’s Legal Services Fundraising Committee in Brisbane.
Lisa believes the trials that she overcomes in her career pale in comparison to her clients’ personal trials. Throughout her time as a practicing solicitor, Lisa has worked with a large number of clients who have, and continue to suffer from trauma, stress and psychological injuries.
“As plaintiff litigation lawyers, it is our duty to overcome challenges. Abuse survivors have inconceivably difficult hurdles to overcome. We are tasked with navigating through our clients’ legal challenges so that they have one less obstacle to face. This is our purpose, and it is an honour to stand up and secure justice for those who have suffered at the hands of others.”
• Joined Shine Lawyers in 1999
• Appointed Shine Lawyers’ Associate in 2004
• Appointed Shine Lawyers’ Partner in 2007
Memberships and Associations
• The Queensland Law Society (QLS)
• The Australian Lawyers Alliance (ALA)
• The American Association of Justice (AAJ)