We’re committed to giving back to our communities by doing work for the public good. Our pro bono practice embraces our ethical responsibility as a firm to help those in need and enriches the personal and professional lives of the lawyers who get involved.
There is a compelling, unmet need created by access to justice issues and unrepresented litigants in the courts. That’s why we encourage everyone at the firm to do pro bono work and give them full credit for the time they spend doing it.
We currently receive pro bono referrals from several inspirational organisations, including:
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre
- Justice Connect
- Refugee Advice & Casework Service (RACS)
- Human Rights Law Centre
- The Cancer Council
- Indigenous Enterprise Legal Assistance Scheme
- Inner Melbourne Community Legal
- Law Access WA
- Marrickville Legal Centre
- Sussex Street Community Law Service
- Welfare Rights Centre
- Social Security Rights Victoria
Our Pro Bono and Community committee
Our Pro Bono and Community committee is comprised of representatives from all areas of the firm, including legal professionals and corporate services. Our pro bono practice is managed by Nathan Kennedy and Emma Woolley.
The committee considers requests for pro bono legal assistance that are referred by a number of organisations and our people. The committee actively seeks out opportunities to partner with organisations to provide pro bono legal assistance and establish long-standing relationships.
- Hall & Wilcox is an active member of Justice Connect (New South Wales) and Justice Connect (Victoria), Law Access (Western Australia) and LawRight (Queensland). These organisations provide us with a steady flow of challenging and compelling referrals from not-for-profits, local Aboriginal Land Councils and individuals. The pro bono advice given comes from all practice areas of the firm.
- Since the closure of Justice Connect’s Seniors Law Clinic in Footscray we have provided legal advice to elderly Victorians through referrals from Seniors Law to prevent elder abuse and safeguard the rights of older Victorians. Special Counsel Conrad Smith has a long-standing relationship with the clinic.
- Hall & Wilcox is the primary legal advisor in the establishment of Australia’s first Pride Centre, The Victorian Pride Centre. This has involved assisting with organisational structuring, fundraising, site selection and procurement. Hall & Wilcox is a Gold Partner to the Pride Centre and hosts its current registered office.
- Our team volunteers monthly on the Australian Centre for Disability Lawtelephone advice line.
- We provide motor vehicle specialist assistance at the MVA clinic, which is run by the Marrickville Legal Centre.
- Our lawyers provide advice at the Homeless Persons’ legal clinic in Raymond Terrace in partnership with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.
- Hall & Wilcox assists clients with self-representation services in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, helping people tackle bankruptcy, employment, administrative law and human rights matters in the Federal Court.
- Our team members volunteer on the Queensland Advocacy Inc.telephone advice line, advising on guardianship, administration and mental health legal matters.
Director – Pro Bono & Community, Special Counsel