Pro Bono at Clayton Utz
Pro bono is a fundamental part of Clayton Utz.
We act for low-income and vulnerable people who cannot obtain Legal Aid, and the not-for-profits which support them.
We are serious about pro bono best practice. We were the first large Australian law firm to establish a formal pro bono practice; appoint a pro bono partner; sign the National Pro Bono Target; and pass half a million pro bono hours. In 2018 we became one of only three firms in the world to appoint a second pro bono partner. We have made pro bono work part of every lawyer's everyday practice. Our dedication to pro bono has helped to shape what it means to be a leading Australian law firm.
We have provided over 700,000 pro bono hours since our formal pro bono practice was established in 1997. Our pro bono work is challenging, diverse and far-reaching, and we see the real difference that our work makes to our clients' lives.
In FY20, the firm averaged over 50 hours of pro bono work per lawyer for the fifth year in a row. We strengthened our communities with pro bono work in support of some vital not-for-profits. We stopped people being evicted from their homes, recovered wages stolen from very vulnerable workers, overcame elder financial abuse, and obtained compensation for women and children who had survived family violence. Secure employment, secure housing, avoiding financial exploitation, reversing an injustice. These are the basic things we all need to have confidence in our society and our places in it. Across the firm, 1 in every 27 hours of legal work was for a pro bono client.
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Here is a snapshot of our practice in FY20:
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