Clayton Utz: half a million pro bono hours

8 July 2015
Justice Connect congratulates Clayton Utz on 500,000 of pro bono legal work

In an industry famous for its six-minute increments, an hour can sometimes seem like an eternity. But today, Clayton Utz announced that it has completed 500,000 hours of pro bono legal work since its pro bono program begun in 1997. Justice Connect is delighted to congratulate and celebrate with them on this achievement.

Justice Connect is dedicated to helping those experiencing disadvantage through the power of pro bono and to the flourishing of pro bono culture. An industry leader like Clayton Utz establishing a record such as this stands as a testament to the commitment of Australian firms to supporting access to justice for all.

In completing half a million hours of pro bono legal work, Clayton Utz has achieved the equivalent of:

  • About 76 hours of pro bono work each day since the pro bono practice was started
  • One lawyer conducting pro bono work, day and night, for 57 years straight

Of course it is not just one lawyer, but a large and growing team of committed lawyers at Clayton Utz that has achieved such success. Justice Connect (and before that PILCH Victoria and NSW) has been a partner with Clayton Utz and its team of outstanding pro bono lawyers for over 20 years. Over the course of this collaboration, Clayton Utz lawyers have accepted countless referrals of people seeking pro bono assistance, been a foundation and continuing partner in Justice Connect Homeless Law clinics, providing advice to people experiencing homelessness and facing debt and tenancy trouble, and helped small not-for-profits navigate the regulatory challenges that they face.

We are also delighted that Clayton Utz achieved its half-millionth hour of pro bono work through its support of Health Justice Partnerships (HJPs), which improve health and access to justice by providing legal help to patients within the health system. By training healthcare professionals to identify when a patient has potential legal problems and to link them with an onsite lawyer, legal intervention which prevents worsening health can come sooner and more effectively. Justice Connect is committed to HJPs as one of the most exciting new developments in access to justice and pro bono law today and are pleased to be partnering with Clayton Utz in this work.

We congratulate David Hillard, leader of Clayton Utz’s national pro bono practice, and Steve Murray, Chair of the Clayton Utz foundation, on this wonderful achievement. Under David’s persistent and passionate guidance, a new benchmark for law firm pro bono has been set. We also congratulate and thank the selfless work of the pro bono lawyers at Clayton Utz, and at law firms and Community Legal Centres all across Australia. The hard work of these dedicated lawyers has provided access to justice to countless numbers of experiencing disadvantage, helping protect rights and uphold dignity. 

Contact: Ed Butler, 03 8636 4476