Grant pro­vides pro bono boost

Western Suburbs Weekly - - STREETWATCH - By SOPHIE GABRIELLE

THE Univer­sity of WA-based Law Ac­cess will con­tinue its pro bono ser­vice for dis­ad­van­taged clients af­ter it re­ceived a $266,000 grant from Lot­tery­west.

The grant, to be re­ceived over three years, will give the ser­vice the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the co-or­di­na­tion and de­liv­ery of its pro bono le­gal as­sis­tance in WA.

Chair­man Matt Keogh said Law Ac­cess pro bono re­fer­ral ser­vice op­er­ates as a safety net for those need­ing le­gal as­sis­tance.

“We are a ser­vice of last re­sort, match­ing in­di­vid­u­als and com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions to pro bono lawyers,” Mr Keogh said.

“This grant from Lot­tery­west comes at a cru­cial time in the es­tab­lish­ment of Law Ac­cess and its en­hanced pro bono re­fer­ral ser­vice.

“As de­mand for le­gal as­sis­tance ex­ceeds fund­ing for Le­gal Aid and com­mu­nity le­gal cen­tres, it is vi­tal to be able to con­nect those most in need of le­gal help with the gen­er­ous lawyers will­ing to help out.”

Law Ac­cess works with the le­gal pro­fes­sion to match fi­nan­cially dis­ad­van­taged clients with lawyers, who take the mat­ters for no fee or for a re­duced, de­ferred fee.

“The gen­er­ous lawyers who take Law Ac­cess re­fer­rals work in many dif­fer­ent ar­eas of law and come from small, medium and large firms, with some be­ing sole prac­ti­tion­ers, as well as many bar­ris­ters,” Mr Keogh said. At­tor­ney Gen­eral Michael Mischin pre­sented a cheque to Law Ac­cess at a func­tion in De­cem­ber.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral and Com­merce Min­is­ter Michael Mischin MLC, Law Ac­cess chair­man Matt Keogh and Law Ac­cess man­ager Do­minique Hansen.

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