Pro Bono is a Fundamental Part of Clayton Utz
Our pro bono practice has always been about access to justice. We act for low income and disadvantaged people who cannot obtain Legal Aid, and for the not-for-profit organisations which support them. One of our practice's focuses is on assisting clients in regional, rural and remote communities.
Clayton Utz is serious about best practice pro bono, and we have been named twice as one of the world's 10 leading pro bono practices. We were the first large Australian law firm to establish an in-house pro bono practice; the first to appoint a full-time pro bono partner; and the first to sign the National Pro Bono Target. Since 1997, our commitment to pro bono has helped to shape what it means to be a leading Australian law firm.
In 2015 we became the first law firm in Australia to provide 500,000 hours of pro bono assistance (and counting). We have achieved this by focusing on our clients’ needs; collaborating with the legal assistance sector and other pro bono colleagues; and always seeking to identify areas of unmet legal need.
At Clayton Utz, pro bono work is part of every lawyer's everyday practice. It is real work, recognised on time sheets and built into lawyers' performance assessments and eligibility for bonuses. Pro bono work will challenge and extend you as a lawyer, and assist you to develop your core legal skills. Most importantly though, you will help make our legal system accessible to people who might otherwise have fallen through the cracks.