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 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 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 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 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 […]