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Australian Pro Bono News
National Pro Bono Day will celebrate the diverse pro bono contributions of Australian lawyers 

12 May 2017

Hundreds of Australian lawyers will celebrate National Pro Bono Day next Tuesday 16 May 2017 by walking in their home city early in the morning to raise funds in support of the pro bono clearing houses and referral schemes.  Walks will take place in Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Gold Coast, Mackay, Melbourne, Perth, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, and Townsville as a key event in National Law Week.

Click here to read the Centre’s media release on National Pro Bono Day. 

Australian Pro Bono News
Australian Pro Bono News: May 2017

Victorian Supreme Court provides clarity around costs for litigants in pro bono matters

On 1 April 2017 the Victorian Supreme Court amended its general civil procedure rules to allow pro bono legal practitioners to recover costs from their unsuccessful opponents. These amendments, which support and reinforce the Court of Appeal’s decision in Mainieri & Anor v Cirillo [2014] VSCA 227, are good news for those who have long advocated for reform in this area. The Rules amendments, however, leave room for further reform measures.

Click here for more stories from Issue 118 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • Report from the Sixth National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference – Adelaide, March 2017
  • Client management and self-care for pro bono lawyers – new guide launched
  • Seven steps towards better access to justice – Sheldon Krantz
  • A report from the PBI Annual Conference
  • First quarterly update on the Good360/Community Legal Centre pilot program released
Client management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyersClient management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyers

24 March 2017

The Centre is delighted to launch Client management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyers, a new online resource designed to be tailored and used to meet training requirements for lawyers participating in pro bono work. The Guide can also be adapted for use more broadly across the legal assistance sector.

The result of a collaborative effort between Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Henry Davis York, Clayton Utz and McCabes Lawyers, the Guide has had substantial input from the legal assistance sector, other law firms, experts in mental health and the Centre.

The Guide can be viewed in PDF, or downloaded in Word and adapted to your organisation’s training needs. Feedback is encouraged and can be emailed to info@probonocentre.org.au.

National Law Firm Pro Bono SurveyReport on the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey of Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers released today


21 March 2017

Lawyers in large law firms in Australia averaged 34.8 hours of pro bono legal work in 2016 — 9.7% more than in 2014, according to a new report by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Report on the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey of Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers collates and analyses data provided by 41 of the 58 large law firms in Australia, including 19 of 20 of the largest firms.

This growth in pro bono can be traced mainly to firms of between 201 and 449 FTE lawyers — where pro bono rose by 39.7% on a per-lawyer basis (to an average of 35.9 hours) — and firms of between 50 and 200 FTE lawyers, where pro bono increased by 26.1% on a per-lawyer basis (to an average of 22.2 hours).  In the seven largest firms in Australia (more than 450 FTE lawyers), pro bono performance remained generally stable at an average of 39.4 hours.

Read more…

Australian Pro Bono NewsAustralian Pro Bono News: Mar 2017

Unmet legal need of asylum seekers driving pro bono growth

Lawyers in large law firms in Australia averaged 34.8 hours of pro bono legal work in 2016 — 9.7% more than in 2014, according to a new report by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Report on the Fifth National Pro Bono Survey: Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers collates and analyses data provided by 41 of the 58 large law firms in Australia, including 19 of 20 of the largest firms.

Click here for more stories from Issue 117 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • South Australia avoids ‘pro bono outage’
  • Opportunities to work at the Centre
  • Profile: Julianne Tiglao, Secondee Policy and Project Officer
  • Volunteer migration agents with volunteer practising certificates making an impact for ‘fast track’ asylum seekers in South Australia
Australian Pro Bono NewsAustralian Pro Bono News: Feb 2017

Commonwealth Legal Service Expenditure Report 2015-16 shows 35% rise in pro bono

In the recently published Commonwealth Legal Service Expenditure Report 2015-16, 107 law firms reported undertaking a total of 555,224 hours of pro bono work for the year, up from 410,652 in 2014-15.

Click here for more stories from Issue 116 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • Profile: Sheldon Krantz, keynote speaker at the forthcoming National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference
  • The last of the PILCHs makes LawRight: QPILCH changes its name
  • Uptake of volunteer practising certificates continues to rise

What’s New

Client management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyersClient management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyers

24 March 2017

The Centre is delighted to launch Client management and self-care — a guide for pro bono lawyers, a new online resource designed to be tailored and used to meet training requirements for lawyers participating in pro bono work. The Guide can also be adapted for use more broadly across the legal assistance sector.

The result of a collaborative effort between Sparke Helmore Lawyers, Henry Davis York, Clayton Utz and McCabes Lawyers, the Guide has had substantial input from the legal assistance sector, other law firms, experts in mental health and the Centre.

The Guide can be viewed in PDF, or downloaded in Word and adapted to your organisation’s training needs. Feedback is encouraged and can be emailed to info@probonocentre.org.au.

National Law Firm Pro Bono SurveyReport on the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey of Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers released today


21 March 2017

Lawyers in large law firms in Australia averaged 34.8 hours of pro bono legal work in 2016 — 9.7% more than in 2014, according to a new report by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Report on the Fifth National Law Firm Pro Bono Survey of Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers collates and analyses data provided by 41 of the 58 large law firms in Australia, including 19 of 20 of the largest firms.

This growth in pro bono can be traced mainly to firms of between 201 and 449 FTE lawyers — where pro bono rose by 39.7% on a per-lawyer basis (to an average of 35.9 hours) — and firms of between 50 and 200 FTE lawyers, where pro bono increased by 26.1% on a per-lawyer basis (to an average of 22.2 hours).  In the seven largest firms in Australia (more than 450 FTE lawyers), pro bono performance remained generally stable at an average of 39.4 hours.

Read more…

Australian Pro Bono NewsAustralian Pro Bono News: Mar 2017

Unmet legal need of asylum seekers driving pro bono growth

Lawyers in large law firms in Australia averaged 34.8 hours of pro bono legal work in 2016 — 9.7% more than in 2014, according to a new report by the Australian Pro Bono Centre. The Report on the Fifth National Pro Bono Survey: Australian firms with fifty or more lawyers collates and analyses data provided by 41 of the 58 large law firms in Australia, including 19 of 20 of the largest firms.

Click here for more stories from Issue 117 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • South Australia avoids ‘pro bono outage’
  • Opportunities to work at the Centre
  • Profile: Julianne Tiglao, Secondee Policy and Project Officer
  • Volunteer migration agents with volunteer practising certificates making an impact for ‘fast track’ asylum seekers in South Australia
Australian Pro Bono NewsAustralian Pro Bono News: Feb 2017

Commonwealth Legal Service Expenditure Report 2015-16 shows 35% rise in pro bono

In the recently published Commonwealth Legal Service Expenditure Report 2015-16, 107 law firms reported undertaking a total of 555,224 hours of pro bono work for the year, up from 410,652 in 2014-15.

Click here for more stories from Issue 116 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • Profile: Sheldon Krantz, keynote speaker at the forthcoming National Access to Justice & Pro Bono Conference
  • The last of the PILCHs makes LawRight: QPILCH changes its name
  • Uptake of volunteer practising certificates continues to rise
Australian Pro Bono NewsAustralian Pro Bono News: Dec 2016

Mid-size firms call on government to reverse impending funding cuts

Eighteen mid-size firms have written an open letter to government highlighting the serious risks for pro bono provision if impending funding cuts to Community Legal Centres proceed.

Click here for more stories from Issue 115 of Australian Pro Bono News, including:

  • Come work with us: New full-time secondee opportunity at the Centre
  • National Access to Justice and Pro Bono Conference to showcase innovation and collaboration
  • Forum on Victorian legal service panel arrangements discusses current issues
  • Launch of Law Society of England & Wales’ new Pro Bono Manual

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