Free legal assistance
Many legal firms provide a limited amount of pro bono (free) assistance for good causes. (Some need to do so in order to maintain government contracts.)
If your group needs legal help, ask around to see if anyone in your inner circle is a lawyer who works in a relevant area of the law, or knows someone who does. Ask if you can get free or discounted help for your group.
If you don't know anyone who can help directly, look up one of the large law firms and give them a cold call - either directly or through one of the referral services listed below.
If you want to talk to a lawyer straight away, we recommend Moores - legal advisers to not-for-profits. Moores is an Our Community preferred supplier. Their services are provided at a pre-agreed price.
To find out more about Moores services and pre-agreed pricing, call the Moores-ICDA Hotline on (03) 9843 2119 or email to NFPassist@moores.com.au.
Free legal services for not-for-profits may be provided by:
- Justice Connect: Justice Connect is a member-based organisation working with thousands of lawyers, including 20 of NSW and Victoria's largest law firms. Formed in 2013 from the merger of PILCH NSW and PILCH Vic, Justice Connect can provide free telephone advice or help find a pro bono lawyer for eligible not-for-profits.
- Environmental Defenders Office: The Australian Network of Environmental Defenders Offices Inc (ANEDO) consists of nine independently constituted and managed community environmental law centres located in each State and Territory of Australia. Each EDO is dedicated to protecting the environment in the public interest. They may provide legal representation and advice for issues involving the environment.
- Legal Advice Clinic: The Legal Advice Clinic offers free one-on-one legal advice sessions for artists and arts organisations. For legal advice, you can submit an online inquiry form.
- QPILCH: QPILCH can assist individuals, not-for-profit community groups and small corporations in Queensland. QPILCH can only refer an applicant for pro bono assistance if: (a) the matter has reasonable prospects of success; (b) the matter requires legal assistance, and for example could not be resolved through negotiation or other practical options; (c) the matter justifies the use of pro bono assistance, meaning that the likelihood of success and risks of taking on the case are supported by the important social justice issues of the case.
- JusticeNet SA: JusticeNet SA harnesses the resources of a network of member lawyers to provide pro bono legal assistance to South Australian individuals and charitable not for profit organisations that cannot afford a lawyer. JusticeNet will attempt to refer eligible individuals and not-for-profit organisations to a solicitor or barrister who will act on a pro bono basis (for free).