find the latest legal job
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
Partners and Senior Specialist Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Australia
· Earn 70% of billings and fixed referral incentives · Full practice flexibility & freedom
View details
Litigation Associate / Senior Associate
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Sydney NSW 2000
· 4 years + PQE · Varied work
View details
Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· 3 - 7 years PAE with very strong technical skills · Technical and personal development
View details
Senior Lawyer
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Haymarket NSW 2000
· Play an integral part in launching Employsure's law firm
View details
New reference for pro bono best practice launched

New reference for pro bono best practice launched

Firms have a new reference for best practice in pro bono legal services that draws on the experience of Australian practitioners in large and mid-size firms.

The delivery of critical pro bono services provided by Australian lawyers is the focus of a new guide that was published by the Australian Pro Bono Centre this month.

"The Best Practice Guide draws on the experience of leading Australian practitioners and will be a useful tool for law firms to help them develop, and better manage, their pro bono programs and practice," centre chair and Allens partner Phillip Cornwell said.

According to the latest survey conducted by the centre, Australian lawyers clocked up 372,942 hours of pro bono legal work in 2014.

As the culture for legal pro bono services in Australia matures, the hours firms and lawyers dedicate to pro bono services have also increased. In light of this trend, Mr Cornwell said the guide benefited the way large and mid-size firms executed the provision of pro bono services.

"Structured pro bono legal practice in large and mid-size law firms has become more complex, sophisticated and diverse in recent years. It's still evolving," Mr Cornwell said.

"The centre decided to review different approaches and to try to articulate what is best practice so as to share the knowledge nationally and internationally," he said.

The new resource includes examples of best practice from individual firms and also offers benchmarks using quantitative data to illustrate the Australian context.

CEO John Corker said the guide was a useful reference for firms wanting to the establish or plan pro bono teams. It also served as good tool for law firm management approaching advocacy, he said. 

"We hope that it is a document that generates discussion within firms and evolves and develops over time," Mr Corker said.

A number of events will be held across the country tomorrow for National Pro Bono Day (17 May).

"We applaud the lawyers who make a real difference by fighting for justice and giving back to their communities," Mr Corker said.

"Pro bono service provision is motivated by a lawyer’s sense of professional responsibility. It's an ethos of which the legal profession can be truly proud."

Like this story? Read more:

Book commemorates diamond milestone for WA law society

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

New reference for pro bono best practice launched
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
new role with SA judicial appointment, scales of justice
Jan 15 2018
Worker's comp expert takes on new role with SA judicial appointment
An Adelaide barrister has been appointed deputy president of the South Australian Employment Tribuna...
Scales of Justice, NSW Bar Association
Jan 16 2018
New case management approach won’t beat backlog: NSW Bar Association
The New South Wales Bar Association says a new case management approach will fail to make a signific...
Jan 12 2018
E-discovery predictions for 2018
Promoted by Law In Order The outlook for early adopters of e-discovery in legal looks bright in 2...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...