The HWL Ebsworth Pro Bono Practice provides assistance to vulnerable and disadvantaged individuals as well as Community Legal Centres (CLCs), registered charities and not for profit organisations who directly assist those who cannot otherwise access or afford legal assistance.
HWL Ebsworth’s Pro Bono Practice does not have specific focus areas but aims to have a meaningful and positive impact on the lives of those in need in the community by listening to and collaborating with organisations that are best placed to assist those individuals. Our aim is to be innovative, agile and to reimagine how pro bono can work alongside and support the legal assistance sector, particularly in regional and remote communities, in order to add the most value.
HWL Ebsworth partners with many CLCs, registered charities and not for profit organisations across Australia providing pro bono secondments, accepting individual referral matters, and jointly running legal clinics on matters that vary from disability law, employment and victim’s compensation to consumer law and retirement village contracts. We also directly advise CLCs, registered charities and community organisations on a wide range of legal issues including governance, employment and privacy.
Last financial year, our lawyers provided more than 24,000 hours of pro bono legal assistance and we are continually looking for ways to increase and maximise our contribution.
HWL Ebsworth does not accept direct requests from individuals for legal assistance on a pro bono basis. If you need help please contact Legal Aid, the Law Society in your State or Territory, or your local Community Legal Centre. Contact numbers and details can be found at Australian Pro Bono Centre | Legal help for individuals.