The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation has teamed up with North Queensland Women’s Legal Service (NQWLS) to develop a new community partnership through its Brisbane office.
North Queensland Women’s Legal Service is a community legal centre based in Townsville and Cairns, North Queensland, offering free legal services for women by women. NQWLS provides legal advice, case work, assistance and information and referrals for women who reside from Sarina in the South to the Torres Strait in the North and West out to the Northern Territory border.
The Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is delighted to commence a community partnership with North Queensland Women’s Legal Service aimed at boosting its capacity to assist vulnerable women and children. We have agreed to provide the following assistance over the coming months:
- Pro bono support via the “North Queensland Access to Justice Project” (see below).
- Ad hoc pro bono assistance at an operational/governance level for NQWLS.
- In kind support, such as venue use, photocopying and word processing services.
- Volunteering support from other professional staff within Colin Biggers & Paisley, including HR, marketing and finance.
- From early next year, NQWLS will be added to our workplace giving project.
- A financial contribution to NQWLS to assist in sustaining one of its legal positions.
North Queensland Access to Justice Project
The North Queensland Access to Justice Project is designed to assist NQWLS with capacity and expertise issues, so that a broader range of its clients can receive free legal assistance. The project will operate on the basis that NQWLS will conduct an initial intake with prospective clients. Those clients will then be referred to a central point of contact at Colin Biggers & Paisley and the matter will cascade down to a specially selected and trained team of lawyers. Lawyers from Colin Biggers & Paisley’s Brisbane office will then, as volunteers of NQWLS, assist the clients and use technology (such as Skype, videoconference and phone) to communicate with them, given geographical distances.
The project will be targeted at property law matters, bankruptcy and credit/debt issues. Colin Biggers & Paisley has assembled a team of lawyers and administrative staff to support the project, which will initially operate as a pilot.
The project is being spearheaded by Daniel Creasey, Pro Bono Partner, together with assistance from two Brisbane-based partners, Rebecca Castley and Damien Butler.
About the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation
The central objective of the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is to promote and protect the rights of women and children in Australia and abroad. Consistent with that objective, the legal practice has a number of strategic partnerships in place with a range of not for profits, community legal centres, charities and advocacy groups.