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 […]