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Pro bono

We recognise that accessing legal advice can be difficult for disadvantaged and low‑income individuals and groups within our communities.

That's why we stepped up in 2020 to appoint a dedicated partner to lead our pro bono practice. That's a first in New Zealand. We also believe that pro bono work makes for better lawyers, so all of our legal staff are encouraged to undertake pro bono services in their working year.

Led by pro bono partner, Shan Wilson, our pro bono practice focuses on legal advice and representation for the not‑for‑profits and charities that support members of the community who are low income or disadvantaged.

We provide our pro bono clients with the same quality of service that we provide every client, either on a free basis or at a substantially reduced fee.

Through our practice we have assisted numerous people and groups, either on a one‑off or ongoing basis. A number of our staff attend the Auckland and Wellington Community Law Centres each year to assist with the provision of legal advice, and we also contribute to law reform and policy work on issues affecting low income and/or disadvantaged members of the community.

For more information or to discuss a pro bono opportunity please contact Shan Wilson.

Please note: we do not accept direct requests for legal help from individuals, but will consider referrals from Community Law Centres and charities where we have the capacity and expertise to assist. There are financial criteria we refer to, when considering if a person is eligible for our pro bono assistance due to their income constraints.