We consider pro bono to be a vital part of our cultural make-up and community spirit.
Together with charitable giving, reconciliation, environmental sustainability and volunteering, pro bono is an opportunity for our lawyers to give back to those in need.
What kind of pro bono work do we do?
We have a strong commitment to the provision of pro bono legal services to those who could not otherwise afford legal representation or assistance.
We have a long history of engaging in pro bono activities and providing pro bono legal services. Our work is focused around supporting disadvantaged or marginalised people who cannot afford legal services; non-profit organisations that work for the public good and/or on behalf of members of the community who are disadvantaged or marginalised; and public interest matters of broad public or community concern that would not otherwise be pursued.
Since 2001, we have been an active member of the Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney offices of PILCH (Public Interest Law Clearing Houses) - now known as Justice Connect in Melbourne and Sydney - which coordinates the referral of pro bono matters to member firms in each city.
We also maintain a strong commitment to community legal centres through the provision of volunteer lawyers to staff legal clinics focused on supporting marginalised people.
In the past three years we have opened hundreds of pro bono matters and used our expertise to assist clients across a broad range of areas, including health, the Arts, child welfare, the preservation of aboriginal cultural heritage, domestic violence, the rights of older people, surf life saving, the work of the Australian and International Red Cross and AIDS/HIV Awareness. The scope of matters ranges from advice and assistance regarding regulatory and compliance matters to representation of one client on a Constitutional issue in the High Court of Australia.
In November 2014 we became a signatory to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s National Pro Bono Aspirational Target of 35 pro bono hours per FTE lawyer. We are committed to this Target and to growing our pro bono commitment each year.
How can I get more information?
For more information on Pro Bono at Norton Rose Fulbright in Australia please contact our Pro Bono Practice as follows:
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org; or
phone 1800 780 811