Pro Bono

McInnes Wilson Lawyers proudly provides pro bono support to the community.

It's their way of giving back and helping those who might not otherwise have access to the legal system

an InteGral part of MCInnes Wilson Lawyers 

McInnes Wilson Lawyers believes that everyone has a right to justice. They are committed to helping the community access legal assistance when they need it. Their program assists a wide variety of people, including individuals, charities, not-for-profit organisations and community legal centres.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers' pro bono program aims to provide free legal assistance and community legal education to those in need.

Their lawyers have helped people avoid unjustified debts, fight against discrimination, take action against environmental harm, access compensation for loss suffered, protect themselves financially, report medical wrongdoings, access much-needed supports, and much more.

The firm's strong pro bono culture means that all levels of staff are involved in the pro bono program, from junior solicitors to senior principals. With their cross-firm collaboration and hands-on approach, their clients can rest assured that they are being supported by a firm that cares.

Verity
Verity Smith
PRO BONO COORDINATOR
Verity is passionate about improving access to justice for everyone. She has led the firm to assist more people than ever before, helping a diverse range of clients and tackling important social justice issues. Verity has personally provided pro bono assistance to countless individuals, charities, not-for-profits and community legal centres. Her priority areas have included environmental protection, compensation, anti-discrimination, health, consumer credit and debt and supporting vulnerable persons.
Verity Smith Compensation Lawyer
Verity Smith
PRO BONO COORDINATOR
Verity is passionate about improving access to justice for everyone. She has led the firm to assist more people than ever before, helping a diverse range of clients and tackling important social justice issues. Verity has personally provided pro bono assistance to countless individuals, charities, not-for-profits and community legal centres. Her priority areas have included environmental protection, compensation, anti-discrimination, health, consumer credit and debt and supporting vulnerable persons.
Anthea
Anthea Faherty
PRO BONO REPRESENTATIVE
Anthea is a strong advocate for supporting the community from all angles, striking a perfect balance of pro bono legal assistance, financial support and community engagement. She has personally provided countless hours of pro bono assistance, with her priority areas including helping not-for-profits, charities, and other organisations to get set up and operate smoothly. With Anthea's help, those organisations have gone on to do great things.
Anthea Faherty Commercial Lawyer
Anthea Faherty
PRO BONO REPRESENTATIVE
Anthea is a strong advocate for supporting the community from all angles, striking a perfect balance of pro bono legal assistance, financial support and community engagement. She has personally provided countless hours of pro bono assistance, with her priority areas including not-for-profits, charities, and other organisations to get set up and operate smoothly. With Anthea's help, those organisations have gone on to do great things.
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Pro bOno Snapshot for 2021

In the 2021 financial year, McInnes Wilson Lawyers provided extensive pro bono assistance to the community.

Individuals

McInnes Wilson Lawyers helped a wide variety of individuals through direct engagement or through legal clinics.

The firm built several new legal clinics, including:

  • Romero Centre Legal Clinic (assisting asylum seekers and associated community)
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities SEQ Legal Clinic (assisting families of critically ill children)

The firm also provided services through a number of existing legal clinics, including:

  • Caxton Legal Centre’s Consumer Credit & Debt Clinic (assisting people with credit and debt issues)
  • LawRight’s Court and Tribunal Services legal clinic (assisting self-represented litigants navigate the court process)
Charities

The firm proudly supported a number of charities, including:

  • Small Steps 4 Hannah (aimed at halting the cycle of domestic violence)
  • Hope Starts Here (aimed at feeding and assisting homeless and disadvantaged persons)
  • Winnunga Aboriginal Health Service (aimed at providing safe healthcare to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people)
  • Sony Foundation (aimed at assisting vulnerable and disadvantaged youth)
Community Legal Centres

McInnes Wilson Lawyers proudly assisted a number of community legal centres. This included staffing legal clinics and advice lines to help people who approached CLC's for help.
Some of the CLC's their lawyers assisted included:

  • Caxton Legal Centre
  • Environmental Defenders Office
  • LawRight
  • Suncoast Community Legal Service
  • Women’s Legal Service Queensland

54%

of Partners conducted Pro Bono Work

73%

of Lawyers conducted Pro Bono Work

The ImPact

The approximate value of McInnes Wilson Lawyers' pro bono work in the 2021 financial year included:

$78,617

$78,617

Towards indigenous community support

Towards indigenous community support

$54,878

$54,878

Towards environment protection

Towards environmental protection

$32,301

$32,301

Towards asylum seekers and associated community

Towards asylum seekers and associated community

$88,819

$88,819

Towards self-represented litigants

Towards self-represented litigants

How to apply for Pro Bono assistance

1

Fill in the Pro Bono Request form

To apply for pro bono assistance, you'll first need to fill in either the Personal Pro Bono or Organisation Pro Bono forms below.


Please use the Personal Pro Bono form if you require assistance for yourself or another individual. 


If you are an organisation (such as charity, not-for-profit, or other), please use the Organisation Pro Bono form.

2

Our Team will then assess Your Request

Once you have submitted your form, McInnes Wilson Lawyers will assess your application to see if you are eligible for pro bono assistance.

Their assessment is based on independent criteria set by the Australian Pro Bono Centre.

3

You will be contacted with the outcome of your Request

McInnes Wilson Lawyers will contact you during or after their assessment to let you know how they may be able to assist you.