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National Pro Bono PI Insurance Scheme
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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
The Centre’s Annual Report 2015-2016 now availablePositions available

3 March 2017

The Australian Pro Bono Centre is excited to announce three new positions at the Centre.

The successful candidates will work at the Centre’s Sydney office in the Law Building at UNSW:

Applications close 2 April 2017.

Applications close 24 March 2017.

Applications close 24 March 2017.

For position descriptions and information on how to apply please visit Positions Available.

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
Australian Government SolicitorPosition available: Policy Officer – AGS Secondee

13 December 2016

The Australian Government Solicitor and the Australian Pro Bono Centre are excited to announce a new position for a law graduate or junior lawyer with an interest in social justice.

The successful candidate will work full time at the Centre’s Sydney office in the Law Building at UNSW gaining knowledge about the remarkable pro bono legal work undertaken by Australian lawyers, and experience in advocacy and policy development.

This is a full time paid position for a 6 month period with opportunities for training and mentoring. Applications close 9 January 2017.

Read more…

What’s New

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
The Centre’s Annual Report 2015-2016 now availablePositions available

3 March 2017

The Australian Pro Bono Centre is excited to announce three new positions at the Centre.

The successful candidates will work at the Centre’s Sydney office in the Law Building at UNSW:

Applications close 2 April 2017.

Applications close 24 March 2017.

Applications close 24 March 2017.

For position descriptions and information on how to apply please visit Positions Available.

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
Australian Government SolicitorPosition available: Policy Officer – AGS Secondee

13 December 2016

The Australian Government Solicitor and the Australian Pro Bono Centre are excited to announce a new position for a law graduate or junior lawyer with an interest in social justice.

The successful candidate will work full time at the Centre’s Sydney office in the Law Building at UNSW gaining knowledge about the remarkable pro bono legal work undertaken by Australian lawyers, and experience in advocacy and policy development.

This is a full time paid position for a 6 month period with opportunities for training and mentoring. Applications close 9 January 2017.

Read more…

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