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Firm sparks new pro bono cause

Firm sparks new pro bono cause

Sparke Helmore has won a pro bono award after one lawyers' work for a group finding new uses for disused buildings in Newcastle._x000D_

SPARKE Helmore has won a pro bono award after one lawyers’ work for a group finding new uses for disused buildings in Newcastle.

Rod Smith has been awarded a City of Newcastle Service Award for his pro bono work for Renew Newcastle, a non-profit organisation that finds artistic and cultural uses for vacant or disused buildings in Newcastle's CBD.

The Awards highlight and show appreciation of service, commitment, effort and achievement that makes a difference in the lives of Novocastrians and to celebrate community participation and community spirit.

The Award coincides with Smith’s appointment to the Renew Newcastle Board.

“The support of Sparke Helmore’s pro bono program, SHARE, was critical to get Renew Newcastle underway. In 12 months we have placed nearly 40 projects in over 25 formerly empty premises in Newcastle’s CBD including arts, craft, fashion design, sculpture, sustainable recycled art, and photographic works, providing work spaces for artists and other creative groups and bringing new life to the city,” says Renew Newcastle founder and Arts commentator Marcus Westbury.

“We would not have been able to achieve this without the right legal advice from Sparke Helmore on our structure, corporate compliance, tax office endorsements and lease arrangements. Rod has been outstanding both professionally and personally


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