Finlaysons has a long history of undertaking pro bono work for individuals, charities and not-for-profit organisations in South Australia
Finlaysons is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Target. The National Pro Bono Target is a voluntary and aspirational target of at least 35 hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year.
We are also a member of JusticeNet, a “clearing house” which coordinates the provision of pro bono legal assistance to low-income and disadvantaged individuals and not-for-profit and community organisations in South Australia. In 2018 we acted on a matter to prevent the eviction of a family experiencing financial hardship.
Further, through one of our commercial litigation partners, we are also a member of the Federal Court Referral Scheme, which coordinates pro bono legal assistance for parties to proceedings in the Federal Court where this is in the interests of justice.
Some examples of pro bono legal work we have recently undertaken include:
- Representing a disadvantaged individual in an ACCC prosecution in the Federal Court for supplying infant sleeping bags which did not comply with Australian Standards, in contravention of the Trade Practices Act 1974 (strict liability offences).
- Providing advice to a self-represented litigant in an appeal from the Federal Magistrates Court regarding privilege issues and a proposed appeal.
- Following an approach by the Aboriginal Legal Rights Movement, assisting an aboriginal man in negotiating with a state-wide organiser regarding a competition he had created to support young aboriginal footballers.
- We regularly undertake pro bono legal work for charities and not-for-profit organisations working on behalf of low-income or disadvantaged members of the community or for the public good, such as the Prostate Cancer Foundation, Youthinc, Common Ground, Connecting Up and charitable trusts.
- One of our practitioners also volunteers at an evening advisory service run by the Environmental Defenders Office (SA) Inc, a community legal service which provides advice to individuals and groups on environmental law matters.
- We also undertake pro bono legal work in the form of law reform and policy work on issues of public interest, such as through the Justice Reinvestment Working Group.