find the latest legal job
Corporate/Commercial Lawyers (2-5 years PAE)
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Specialist commercial law firm · Long-term career progression
View details
Graduate Lawyer / Up to 1.5 yr PAE Lawyer
Category: Personal Injury Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Mentoring Opportunity in Regional QLD · Personal Injury Law
View details
Corporate and Commercial Partner
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: Adelaide SA 5000
· Full time · Join a leading Adelaide commercial law firm
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Sydney NSW
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
In-house Legal Counsel & Commercial Lawyers
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· Providing lawyers with flexibility and control over when they work, how they work and who they work for.
View details
Salvos Legal's poor man's lawyer nears fruition

Salvos Legal's poor man's lawyer nears fruition

Salvos Legal, a recently established law firm run by the Salvation Army, is close to fulfilling its dream of creating a self-sufficient pro bono legal service, says the firm's general counsel…

Salvos Legal, a recently established law firm run by the Salvation Army, is close to fulfilling its dream of creating a self-sufficient pro bono legal service, says the firm's general counsel Luke Geary.

Geary, the driving force behind Salvos Legal which was established in Sydney's Surry Hills earlier this year, said he is finalising negotiations with an accredited property partner and a conveyancer who will come on board and form the transactional arm of the firm.

Geary's aim is to establish a series of firms across Australia comprising a transactional legal arm and a humanitarian legal arm.

Under the business model, profits derived from the firm's transactional services will fund the salaries of the lawyers who carry out pro bono work.

"The commercial stuff is, in one sense, a means to an end, but in another sense it is an opportunity to offer the community participation in a social enterprise," Geary told Lawyers Weekly.

"We want to share with all the mums and dads out there the opportunity they will have - without it costing anything - to help someone who's in a time of difficulty."

The idea behind Salvos Legal is based on the philosophies of Salvation Army founder William Booth, who in 1890 penned The Poor Man's Lawyer, which advocates the model that Geary is now implementing.

And Geary is confident that the model will work, thus removing his current reliance on volunteer lawyers and creating a self-sustaining legal service.

"At the moment our volunteers are working for no money, but I don't want to have to rely on that, because we will lose them to other firms that can pay them, and that would be a tragedy," he said.

"I'm hopeful that we will be welcome in the business community. We've got the goodwill, but we really need to show people that we can help them in a very professional and first class way. On paper it works very well, and I am just really excited about what it is going to look like when we open our doors."

Claire Chaffey

Like this story? Read more:

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

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Salvos Legal's poor man's lawyer nears fruition
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Dec 11 2017
Warm welcome for new district court judges
Three practitioners who were appointed as district court judges in WA have been congratulated by ...
Lawyers welcome same-sex marriage reform
Dec 11 2017
Lawyers welcome same-sex marriage reform
Australian lawyers have welcomed the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage, after a prolonged nat...
Senate disallows double standards for temporary visa holders
Dec 8 2017
Senate disallows double standards for temporary visa holders
Lawyers have welcomed the Senate’s rejection of regulations imposing strict penalties on temporary...
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 & ...