Colin Biggers & Paisley, in partnership with Marrickville Legal Centre, is proud to host the Youth Legal Service telephone advice clinic. The Youth Legal Service’s telephone advice line is often the first point of contact for young people in the community who need legal help. The advice line plays a critical role in providing access to justice for young people across NSW. Helping vulnerable children and young people The Youth Legal Service offers its services towards young people who – in addition to the vulnerabilities that are inherently associated with being young – also experience social and economic disadvantage because…
On Thursday 18 July the Sydney office proudly hosted the Women’s Legal Service NSW Bright Spark Awards to celebrate the achievements and contribution of women in the community legal sector.
We sat down with Robyn Ayres the CEO of Arts Law to discuss how the money we raise through the Central Australia Challenge will impact the Artists in the Black program. Robyn provides an insight into the program, some positive outcomes for clients and what this means for the partnership between the practice and Arts Law.
This year, NAIDOC Week ran from 8 – 15 July. NAIDOC Week originally began as a single day (the long title is National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) until awareness and interest in the cultural histories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples grew in the early nineties. Today, NAIDOC Week is a national celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. This year’s theme was “Because of her, we can!”
Carlita Bloeker, a solicitor in our Melbourne office, topped CBP’s pro bono honour list this year with an outstanding 310 hours of pro bono work. The Foundation sat down with Carlita to find out why she is so passionate about this work and how she manages to do so much and balance other work matters and life.
Colin Biggers & Paisley seeks to conduct business in an ethical and responsible manner throughout all areas of the practice. There are a variety of ways in which responsible business can be practiced, however one of the most tangible and effective mechanisms is through the procurement of goods and services offered by Indigenous businesses.
On Friday 20 July a team from our Brisbane office participated in the River to Rooftop challenge. The team – comprised of Annie Lo , Jacquline Thomas, Julia Paino, Anne-Marie Sears, Dee Ardham, Claire Pekol-Smith, Alexandra Watson and Marlo Perry – climbed the 1040 stairs of One One One Eagle Street to raise money for community partner Women’s Legal Service Queensland.
Congratulations to everyone in the practice who has contributed to our pro bono work during FY18. We are very pleased to announce we achieved an average of 42.7 hours of pro bono time per person – well above the National Pro Bono Target of 35 hours. We want to strengthen the pro bono culture here at Colin Biggers & Paisley. This year 80% of lawyers have participated in our pro bono program. In FY19 we want to focus on extending the support to all of our lawyers. Special congratulations to 52 of our Pro Bono high achievers – they have…
Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to profile our pro bono partnership with the Castan Centre for Human Rights Law.
Eight law firms have partnered with the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) to support local decision making and capacity building. Allens Linklaters, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Colin Biggers & Paisley, Gilbert + Tobin, Hall & Wilcox, HWL Ebsowrth, and Sparke Helmore recently signed individual Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with NCARA and respective individual Aboriginal regional alliances to commence free legal work as part of the NSW Government’s Local Decision Making (LDM) initiative. Local Decision Making (LDM) is part of OCHRE, the NSW Government’s community focussed plan for Aboriginal affairs. LDM is underpinned by the principle of self-determination and aims…
In August a team of people from Colin Biggers & Paisley, led by Managing Partner, Nick Crennan, Director of Pro Bono and Responsible Business, Karen Iles and the Arts Law Centre of Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Robyn Ayres will be traveling to Central Australia to trek more than 50 km of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Watarrka (Kings Canyon).