Pro bono law helps busi­nesses

Canning Times - - STREET WATCH -

LAW school stu­dents from Curtin Univer­sity will of­fer pro bono le­gal ser­vices to save small busi­ness own­ers thou­sands of dol­lars a year.

Fi­nal year law stu­dents re­cently started their first se­mes­ter at the new John Curtin Law Clinic in Mur­ray Street, Perth.

The stu­dents are su­per­vised by qual­i­fied prac­tis­ing lawyers to gain prac­ti­cal skills and spe­cial­ist knowl­edge.

The clinic helped 72 small This pro bono ser­vice can help small busi­nesses grow and pros­per

busi­ness clients from February to Au­gust.

Of these, 41 were re­ferred by the Small Busi­ness De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

Sav­ings in le­gal fees for each small busi­ness client ranged from $3000 to $9000 per mat­ter.

“The small busi­ness sec­tor in­volves more than 200,000 busi­nesses in WA and pro­vides more than 40 per cent of all pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ment. This pro bono ser­vice can help small busi­nesses grow and pros­per,” Small Busi­ness Min­is­ter Paul Pa­palia said.

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