find the latest legal job
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
Legal Inhouse / Lawyer / Company Secretary
Category: Other | Location: Brisbane QLD 4000
· Fantastic Company · Potential to be Part Time / Flexible Work Pattern
View details
Infrastructure Lawyer/SA
Category: Construction Law | Location: Sydney CBD, Inner West & Eastern Suburbs Sydney NSW
· Global elite law firm · Dedicated Infrastructure team
View details
Family law firm gives back to community through new clinic

Family law firm gives back to community through new clinic

legal service

A family law firm is in the midst of launching a new monthly legal service to promote access to justice in its community.

DA Family Lawyers is set to roll out a free monthly evening legal service come July in an attempt to provide guidance and practical steps to assist in clients’ matters.

According to a statement from the firm, the consultations aim to provide an understanding of what a person’s position may be and suggest actions for them to take to progress the matter to resolution.

Beginning 6 July, the consultations will consist of 20-minute private and personalised advice with one of DA Family Lawyers’ solicitors.

The firm noted that members of the public will be able to register via their website online with a specific time and be allocated a solicitor prior to their appointment.

“Our model differs from the CLC model, where people turn up and wait in line, and potentially miss out,” the DA Family Lawyers statement said.

“As far as we are aware, we are the only law firm in Brisbane that offers free legal advice under our model.”

A spokesperson for the firm said the driver for this free legal service is to put awareness into action.

“DA Family Lawyers began in 2005, and over the years since we have witnessed first-hand the lack of resources available to people in family law disputes. We identified the gap, but gap has only worsened. Experiencing, witnessing and attempting to circumvent this gap is a big part of our everyday practice. To hopefully plug some of this gap, we devised our Free Monthly Evening Legal Clinic,” the spokesperson said.

“We think it’s important to actually take action as opposed to talking about action. Raising awareness just isn’t enough. It is becoming a reality access to timely justice is unattainable through litigation. Law Week is the perfect time to turn awareness into action. Chief Justice Diana Bryant stated only last week the family law system is in crisis and unable to service litigants.”

The spokesperson noted that another key driver was to enable the community and the law firm to become more resolution-focused.

“Common sense lawyering more often than not means steering clients away from litigation and towards alternative dispute resolution,” the spokesperson said.

“We regularly appear in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court of Australia, and have first-hand experience of the impact lack of resources is having on access to justice. The initiative of the our free legal clinic is to provide pro bono support and legal advice to people involved in family law disputes to develop a plan for them, which can save wasted time in court and help in removing some litigants from the court system.

“We believe the initial access to legal advice our clinic will provide is needed in this respect. The advice will be resolution-focused and hopefully point people in the right direction.”

The spokesperson added that “helping one legal clinic client avoid court will not only help the client, but have a compounding effect for court resources”.

“This is relevant even more so now in light of the federal budget announcement allocating $12.7 million to establishing parenting management hearings. Further, the Law Reform Commission will soon be conducting a review of Australian Family Law,” the spokesperson said.

“These events reflect a clear acknowledgement from the government that the current family law system is not meeting the needs of the litigants who rely on it to resolve disputes, and reform is needed.

“We are trying to do our small bit and hope that we can partner with others in the future to expand this specifically targeted family law service. This is in line with our philosophy to make it easier for people going through family law disputes and move forward with their lives.”

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

Family law firm gives back to community through new clinic
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Nov 24 2017
Demand lifts in 2017/18 for short-term finance to cover crises
Promoted by NWC Finance. The first five months of the 2017-18 financial year have seen unpreceden...
LCA welcomes religious freedom panel
Nov 24 2017
LCA welcomes religious freedom panel
The Law Council of Australia says the establishment of a panel which will examine the human right to...
Law Society launched a new website, legal politics and lawmaking
Nov 24 2017
Law Society launches project to engage young Aussies
The Law Society of NSW has launched a new website to engage young Australians in legal politics and ...
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'...
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...
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 & ...