Entries by AusPBC

Story 20: Helping to Eradicate Modern Slavery

2020-2022: National and International With more than 40 million people caught in forms of modern slavery, Ashurst recognised the role it could play, as a global law firm and member of the business community, in helping to eradicate all forms of modern slavery. The firm’s founding partner, William Ashurst, and his daughters worked to eliminate […]

Story 19: Medical Expert Assists Indigenous Man in Custody 

2020: New South Wales Two years ago, Allen & Overy’s James Clark contacted ExpertsDirect Pro Bono about an Indigenous Australian man who was assaulted by corrections officers in the cells of a local court. Police struck the man multiple times in the face and torso which left him with a fractured nose that caused breathing […]

Story 18: Low Bono Employment Law Assistance for the Missing Middle

2020-Present: New South Wales Sparke Helmore Lawyers partnered with Marrickville Legal Centre (MLC) in the development of the Marrickville Low Bono Employment Service (Low Bono), which launched in early 2020. Low Bono is an innovative service providing employment law assistance to the “missing middle”—a large section of the community who cannot afford professional legal advice but […]

Story 17: Representing Denise from Homelessness to a Home

2021: South Australia Denise* was staying in emergency accommodation when she was referred to Homeless Legal. She had been living in a shared rental property but was forced to leave suddenly when threats were made against her by the other tenants. They told her they would only give her 28 days to collect her possessions […]

Story 16: National Disability Insurance Scheme Project

2021-2022: Western Australia The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has raised many access to justice issues and has been labelled by some as a bureaucratic nightmare that fails to meet the needs of people with a disability.   Under Lavan’s NDIS pro bono project, lawyers assist clients with NDIS internal review applications and in appeals to […]

Story 15: Welfare and Legal Support for First Nations Peoples in Custody in WA

2019: Western Australia The Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia Limited (ALSWA) Custody Notification Service (CNS) commenced in October 2019. CNS provides a 24/7 phone service delivering welfare and legal support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who are apprehended or arrested by police in WA. King & Wood Mallesons provided countless hours of […]

Story 13: Reuniting Domestic Abuse Survivor with Family

2019-2022: New South Wales In June 2019, Legal Aid NSW connected our firm Nomos with a representative of a women’s shelter, who made us aware of one of their clients and her desperate plight. At the time, the client (let’s call her ‘Sophie’) was in Australia as a permanent resident, while her 3 children remained […]

Story 12: Bullying & Harassment – Representing Quaden and Yarraka Bayles

2020-2021: Queensland The joint pro bono representation of Quaden and Yarraka Bayles by law firm K&L Gates and public relations and strategic communications firm Sefiani (with lead counsel National Justice Project) was an exemplar to both industries of the synergistic excellence to be achieved and leveraged on clients’ behalf, particularly in areas lacking strong regulation […]

Story 11: Relieving an Unfair Financial Burden on a Refugee

2020: South Australia Angelique* first came to The Accessible Justice Project (AJP) in November 2020 on the recommendation of her disability support worker. Angelique came from a refugee background and had some difficulty understanding English. She was unemployed and living with a disability. She was financially supporting her two children with her only income being […]

Story 10: Sexual Assault Communications Privilege Project 

2009: New South Wales The SACP Project was a collaborative effort between Clayton Utz, Blake Dawson (now Ashurst) and Freehills (now HSF), the Women’s Legal Service, the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the NSW Bar Association. In 2009, the protection of sexual assault communications privilege was an area where victims’ rights […]

Story 9: Queensland Law Students Fight for Abortion Law Reform

2014-2021: Queensland Through partnerships with the not-for-profit sector, the UQ Pro Bono Centre (PBC) inspires law students to graduate with a lifelong commitment to pro bono legal service. With 500 law students on our roster, the UQ PBC provides assistance through voluntary student placements, projects, and law reform activities. The impact of this work is […]

Story 8: Helping Maggie to Avoid Eviction

2017: Victoria Since 2014, Justice Connect has delivered the Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project in partnership with pro bono member law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills. The project keeps women and children safely housed through integrated legal representation and social work supports, breaking the links between homelessness, family violence, and financial insecurity. The Women’s Homelessness Prevention Project […]

Story 6: #RaiseTheAge

2021: Australian Capital Territory Wotton & Kearney (W+K) assisted Change the Record (CTR) with pro bono research aimed at addressing a major obstacle to raising the age of criminal responsibility in Australia, with Attorneys General (AGs) concerned about the prospect of children aged 10 to 14 being left without any consequences or interventions if they commit […]

Story 4: Refugee Legal Clinic Involves Hundreds of Pro Bono Lawyers

2016 – Ongoing: Victoria Lander & Rogers has worked in partnership with Refugee Legal for over ten years to provide critical legal help, under Refugee Legal’s supervision, for people seeking asylum, refugees, and vulnerable migrants. In 2015, the Federal Government began processing the cases of 31,000 people seeking asylum who arrived by boat in Australia […]

Story 2: Copyright in the Aboriginal Flag

2020-2022: National There is no symbol of Aboriginal identity in this country more powerful than the Australian Aboriginal Flag. Corrs had the great privilege of acting for Mr Harold Thomas, its creator, on the deal to assign copyright in the Flag to the Commonwealth. When Corrs started acting for Mr Thomas in 2020, it was […]

Story 1: Empowering our Elderly

2021: New South Wales In late 2020, Justice Connect sought the assistance of Makinson d’Apice (Makdap) for a client – George – who was experiencing elder abuse. George had suddenly disappeared from his usual social outings and was located by police in a locked dementia ward. This made no sense to those who knew George […]