Issue 31 - March 2014

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Queensland Legal Walk - United for Justice

The walk is back, with a new name, a new route, and an increased presence in the regions!

Put your best foot forward during Law Week 2014 and join colleagues from across the legal profession, including leaders from the judiciary, courts, government, law faculties, national and local law firms, community legal centres and the profession's peak bodies.

When: Tuesday 13 May from 7.00am - 8.30am
Where: Brisbane, Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and the Sunshine Coast
Registration and information: www.qpilch.org.au/walk

This is an event for the profession to demonstrate its strength and commitment to the Rule of Law, to access to justice and to the communities in which we work.

QPILCH has been the driving force in the provision of pro bono civil law services in Queensland since 2001. In the last financial year, over 1,400 people and 60 community organisations received free advice and representation through QPILCH's referral and direct services. Funds raised will help QPILCH continue its work.

QPILCH in the North

QPILCH now has a local presence in both Far North Queensland and North Queensland.

In Townsville, David Maunsell, Managing Solicitor, and Danielle O'Connor, Paralegal, are busy working to establish a local QPILCH office, with lease negotiations well underway. Priority will be given to commencing a local branch of the Self Representation Service in the Townsville Courthouse and furthering the work of the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic which operates out of the Australian Red Cross Homelessness Service Hub with the assistance of local lawyers and the Townsville Community Legal Service. We have been encouraged by the support received in establishing the new office from Justice David North and other NQ judicial officers and members of the local profession.

The Townsville office has been funded by a grant from the Federal Attorney-General's Department.

If you are interested in participating in QPILCH's Townsville based-operations, please contact David or Daneille for more information.

In Cairns, local lawyer Renee Lees is managing the operation of a Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, hosted by the Anglicare Homeless Hub and Mission Australia, and will be developing mental health law services. The HPLC will also provide outreach legal services to other community agencies.

Cairns has one of the highest rates of homelessness per capita in the country, with an over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We thank the Queensland Attorney General, the Honourable Jarrod Bleijie MP, for recognising this need and providing the funds necessary to establish this new clinic.

If you are interested in supporting the new HPLC in Cairns, either remotely from Brisbane or locally, please contact Renee on 0439 625 334 (Mondays-Wednesdays) or at cairns@qpilch.org.au.

We look forward to building closer ties with our colleagues in both North and Far North Queensland through these new initiatives.

Federal Courts Self Representation Service reopens

We are pleased to announce that from 17 February 2014 our service in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court resumed operations. The new office will become part of a national network of services to assist self-represented litigants in the Federal jurisdiction, following funding provided by the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department. We thank the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, for approving funding and for the support of the Federal Court judges and in particular, Queensland District Registrar Heather Baldwin, in re-establishing the service. If your firm is interested in being involved in the new service, please contact Elizabeth Pendlebury at fed@qpilch.org.au

Mental Health Law Practice funding

We have been fortunate to receive a grant from the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation to further the work of the Mental Health Law Practice. Since increasing the reach of the service earlier this financial year, the demand for assistance in the Mental Health Review Tribunal has grown dramatically, requiring employment of new staff members to coordinate the many volunteers who are advocating in this therapeutic jurisdiction. We thank the trustees of the Foundation for this generous and timely support.

We are deeply grateful to Herbert Smith Freehills for providing a secondee, Mia La Buirney, when the demand on the new service was acute to assist us in the MHLP for the last 3 months. We could not have kept this service going without Mia's help and we are very grateful to HSF and to Mia for their significant contribution.

Herbert Smith Freehills is not currently in a position to provide a secondee for the next six months and we are looking for another firm to help fill the breach.

The MHLP secondee plays a critical role in advising clients, representing clients in the Mental Health Review Tribunal and supervising student volunteers and advocates. The secondee is also involved in service development, law reform and policy projects as well as training activities.

The three secondees to date all report that the placement has been incredibly interesting and rewarding. The placement provides a unique opportunity to learn about a new area of law, to develop new skills and to make a valuable contribution to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

If you would like any further information please contact Ann Herriot at mhlp@qpilch.org.au.

LegalPod - a new clinic for young people

We have commenced assisting young people transitioning to independence through LegalPod. Unique in Australia, LegalPod matches small teams of pro bono lawyers with young people who are leaving state care, offering a comprehensive and assertive legal service for the duration of their transition. We thank Allens, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Herbert Smith Freehills, HWL Ebsworth, King & Wood Mallesons, MurphySchmidt and Minter Ellison for committing to LegalPod to date.

Inaugural training for 60 volunteers from firms was held in February and kindly hosted by Clayton Utz and Ashurst. LegalPod has the assistance of a reference group to guide implementation and service delivery. The Honourable Margaret White, former Judge of Appeal, has kindly agreed to chair this group. We thank Judge White and other members: Tracey Smith, Principal Policy Adviser, PeakCare Queensland; Dr Cameron Parsell, Acting Director, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Queensland Research Centre; Lucas Moore, State Coordinator, CREATE Foundation; and Paul Newman, Partner, Ashurst.

Clayton Utz has also generously provided our LegalPod promotional postcards.

For more information about getting involved in this innovative pro bono opportunity, please contact Robbie Black.

State Courts Self Representation Service evaluation

The evaluation of our state courts service has been completed and is available here.

Undertaken by Dr Cate Banks, Professor Jeff Giddings of Griffith University Law School and Associate Professor Blake McKimmie of the University of Queensland Psychology Department and funded by the Australasian Institute of Judicial Administration, this research involved surveys of clients, judges, court staff and judges' associates.

Secondments and volunteers

Secondees and volunteers provide much-needed support to QPILCH. This support has been particularly critical in recent times as we have experienced increased demand for free legal services. We want to thank:

  • Corrs Chambers Westgarth and full time secondees Kara Firth and Marissa Dooris, for supporting the Public Interest Referral Service;
  • Minter Ellison and full time secondee Daniel Nipperess for supporting the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic;
  • Herbert Smith Freehills and full time secondee Mia La Burniy for supporting the Mental Health Law Practice; and
  • Australian Government Solicitor and part time secondee Tel Bodium for supporting our Referral Services.

The following senior law students dedicated one day per week over their summer break to assist our Referral Services: Daniel Dreghorn, Erin Kelly, Abraham O'Neill, Emma King, Alex Ganis, Brad Gallant, Dea Fairburn, Keertan Samra, Sam Bullen, Marya Atmeh, Madeleine Murphy, Kate Chipperfield and Tricia-Ann Lee.

Also, senior law students Marie Fernando, Portia Tyle, Samuel Ryder, Julian Pryde, Constance McLaran, Kathryn O'Hare, Lani Bajracharya, Alicia Brischetto and Joanna Abraham each recently contributed to casework and research projects for the Mental Health Law Practice.

PLT students who have recently completed, or who are about to complete work placements with QPILCH include: Tony McCarthy, Rina Biswas, Joy Wang, Peta Miller, Michael Gee and Thomas Baldwin.

Finally, practitioners, including retired and career break practitioners, who have generously shared their time and professional skills to help vulnerable members of our community: Megan Hogan, Eleanor Surajballi, Carmel McMahon, Renee Worsfold supported and/or continue to support our Referral Services; Jo Cameron, a former Crown Law practitioner, continues to support our Self Representation Service; and Alex Kinraid, uses her flexi-time from the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, to assist in the supervision of the very busy Administrative Law Clinic.

We welcome the assistance of retired and career-break lawyers, so if you can help or know someone who could spare some time, there are many ways to make a contribution. Please contact Andrea de Smidt on deputy@qpilch.org.au if you are interested in helping out.

Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic & Refugee Civil Law Clinic news

Our outreach legal clinics have experienced increasing demand in 2013-14 and so far have provided representation and advice to vulnerable Queenslanders in over 600 cases. We are now operating 19 targeted, outreach clinics and we thank our law firm and community agency partners, along with our funders, for their continued, tremendous support in delivering frontline legal services to those members of our community who need it the most.

Holding Redlich and King & Wood Mallesons assisted a young woman at risk of homelessness who sought help from the HPLC after losing her job. The client completed her former employer's training program and obtained an entry level position. Excessive time and output demands were placed on the client, but when she raised these concerns, her employment was terminated. With support from her caseworker, the client went to the HPLC where she received advice about her employment rights. After entering into substantive negotiations with the employer, the HPLC secured the full payment of the client's employment benefits. The client's housing has now stabilised and she is seeking further employment.

Corrs Chambers Westgarth advocated for an elderly refugee who had purchased an international plane ticket to visit her family after receiving incorrect travel advice. With the assistance of the Refugee Civil Law Clinic, the client obtained a full refund of $2000 from the airline. This positive outcome has enabled the client to begin reconnecting with her children overseas for the first time in many years.

Minter Ellison and HWL Ebsworth assisted a man experiencing chronic homelessness and suffering a terminal illness, who was burdened by a State Penalties Enforcement Registry (SPER) debt of $60,000. The HPLC advised the client regarding his options, and through extensive negotiations with SPER, obtained a full debt waiver on hardship grounds (conditional on his completion of a reduced term, good behaviour order). The client was extremely grateful, with his family expressing, 'words cannot tell how much we appreciate the efforts of the volunteer lawyers that helped us at the HPLC. We are extremely relieved that his debt will be waived…as his health deteriorates he can be free of this on his conscience.'

Toowoomba volunteer lawyers, Kathy Walker and Andrew Braithwaite, helped an elderly man at risk of homelessness to recover his possessions from a local business. The HPLC gave the client a voice, drafting submissions and negotiating on his behalf, which resulted in the local business returning the man's possessions and agreeing to discontinue all claims. The client was highly appreciative of this outcome, which has allowed him to prioritise his housing and personal well-being.

Allens obtained a $3,500 debt waiver on compassionate grounds for a man experiencing mental illness who is at risk of homelessness. The HPLC is also advising the client on several other legal matters, including insurance claim proceedings.

Legal Health Check videos

We have produced two Legal Health Check training videos to help identify the legal needs of our vulnerable clients and facilitate appropriate referrals for legal assistance. People experiencing homelessness, mental illness and related forms of disadvantage have multiple legal needs, however, they are often unaware of these needs and how lawyers can help.

The Legal Health Check and our new training videos are diagnostic tools aimed at frontline community workers and pro bono lawyers to assist in identifying and prioritising legal needs. The Legal Health Check videos were launched by the Queensland Attorney-General, The Honourable Jarrod Bleijie MP in late 2013 at Herbert Smith Freehills. Legal Aid Queensland funded this project, and Roma House provided the location and volunteer actors. The videos have been extremely well received by the private profession, along with the public law and community sectors, both in Queensland and inter-state.

New clinics - Expanding our outreach service delivery

The HPLC has recently started coordinating a number of new clinics, which are aimed at delivering outreach legal services to additional vulnerable client groups.

In addition to LegalPod mentioned earlier, we also now deliver holistic, outreach legal representation and advice to people experiencing mental illness. Established by our Mental Health Law Practice, the two clinics are partnerships involving DLA Piper and Allens in running the civil law clinics at Open Minds and Footprints respectively.

Since late 2013, our telephone-based, Outreach Legal Clinic at Nundah has assisted community members' experiencing disadvantage with over 50 legal matters. We thank Minter Ellison, the Nundah Community Centre, and various community agencies located on Brisbane's North-side for their collaboration.

Training

In late 2013, former HPLC Coordinator and QAILS Director Cristy Dieckmann presented an engaging CLE on Plain English communication for disadvantaged clients. The session was well attended, with volunteer lawyers receiving practical suggestions and guidance on communication techniques for clients of our outreach clinics. We are grateful to Cristy who dedicated her time to share her expertise and Holding Redlich for kindly hosting the session.

On 13 March 2014, the HPLC coordinated our fourth annual Caseworker Training in Legal Basics, providing free training to around 60 workers from the homelessness and social service sectors. Focusing on legal needs such as housing, debts and mental health law, the training was kindly hosted by the Ombudsman's office, with catering generously sponsored by Minter Ellison.

Self Representation Service news

The need for the Self Representation Service is highlighted by an increased demand for assistance and the continued support of the courts and tribunals. Recent developments include staff changes and keeping our offices open five days a week.

We are looking for more firms to join our QCAT and Federal Courts rosters. The service provides firms of all sizes with the opportunity to make a manageable commitment to delivering pro bono services to vulnerable members of the community by providing discrete task assistance in pre-arranged client appointments. Volunteering at the service is also a great way for lawyers of all levels of experience to hone their interviewing and drafting skills, and the service offers ongoing support and training to help volunteers in their work. Our 2014 induction sessions are currently filling up. Please contact Elizabeth Pendlebury at fed@qpilch.org.au or on (07) 3248 1278 for more information.

Recent successes

The Service continues to receive positive feedback from our clients about the help our volunteers provide. One client, Christopher* recently commented:

"Due to my very limited English ability and little knowledge of law, I suffered greatly. Very luckily I learned about your service centre with the aid of a friend, and I received many of the specific assistance from your office. [Your staff and] volunteer lawyers gave me sincere guidance and assistance which warmed my heart. A BIG Bow to all of your nice and talented and selfless people."

Lilly*, a financially disadvantaged sole parent was assisted by the Service at the State Courts since 2009. Julie successfully obtained orders for a de facto property adjustment in her favour under Part 19 of the Property Law Act 1974 after a contested hearing in the District Court. King & Wood Mallesons, McCullough Robertson, Clayton Utz, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, DibbsBarker and Crown Law all provided appointments to Lilly throughout the course of her proceedings.

Another important role the Service plays is in dissuading people whose cases are without merit from commencing proceedings.

At QCAT, Minter Ellison and Hemming+Hart (now CBP Lawyers) assisted Jenny* to understand the legal requirements necessary to successfully appeal a QCAT decision and also the implications of not paying the judgment debt. Jenny was eager to appeal this decision but after receiving our advice decided not to commence an appeal as her prospects of success were limited and there was no practical benefit to be gained (even if the decision was overturned).

*All names have been changed.

Training

We have scheduled our annual induction sessions for new volunteers of the Service for 20 & 27 March 2014. If you currently participate in the Service and have solicitors or graduates who are keen to get involved, send them along to one of these sessions.

Elizabeth Pendlebury and Iain McCowie will present the sessions, providing:

• A brief introduction to QPILCH and the Service, its policies and procedures;
• Tips and tricks for assisting clients with discrete tasks in discrete periods of time; and
• Answers to common questions raised by volunteers.

We thank Minter Ellison Lawyers and Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers for kindly agreeing to host these events.

Referral Service news

It has been a busy first half of the financial year in the Referral Services with 288 new applications received since 1 July 2013. We have successfully referred out 59 matters, including:

  • Ashurst Australia is assisting an illiterate woman who needs to apply to the court to register her birth.
  • Ashurst Australia and John Farren of Counsel are assisting a couple with an alleged debt under the Australian Consumer Law. Dayle Smith of Counsel assisted the couple at the hearing of an application for summary judgment in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
  • Gerald Byrne of Counsel is assisting a disability support pensioner to defend debt recovery proceedings.
  • Shane Connor of Counsel assisted a woman suffering from mental illness to settle her discrimination claim at a compuslory conferene in QCAT. The woman was very appreciative of Shane's assistance and said that it had been essential in order to ensure that her condition was not exacerbated.
  • John Farren of Counsel is providing advice to a refugee facing deportation on his prospects of judicially reviewing an Independent Protection Assessment recommendation. Simon Hamlyn-Harris of Counsel is assisting Mr Farren with the opinion.
  • Holding Redlich is assisting a woman who has an outstanding debt that she owed to the Commonwealth Government.
  • K&L Gates is assisting a not-for-profit organisation that required assistance in relation to a number of issues.
  • Sue McLeod of Counsel is assisting an elderly woman seeking to have money from her late mother's estate released from the trust account of a solicitor.
  • MurphySchmidt are assisting a man from a regional area who lost all of his possessions during a flood in February 2012.
  • MurphySchmidt Solicitors and Carla Klease of Counsel are assisting an Ethiopian man to pursue defamation proceedings after he was falsely accused of fraudulent activity on various television broadcasts.
  • Jens Streit of Counsel is providing an advice to two Sri Lankan refugees who have denied in their applications for protection visas.
  • TressCox Lawyers are assisting an international student who is completing her PhD at a Queensland university.
  • Michael Lyons of Counsel is providing advice to a woman seeking recovery of her removable home from an insolvent business.

We also acknowledge all of the other QPILCH member firms and barristers and QLS and Bar Referral Services participants that have accepted referrals this financial year or are currently working on pro bono matters.

Please contact us if you're interested in becoming a QPILCH member or participant in the QLS and Bar Referral Services. For more information, please see www.qpilch.org.au.

Behind the scenes of the Referral Services

One of the main reasons QPILCH was established was to assess applications for legal merit so that scarce pro bono resources could be maximised. For this reason, QPILCH employs two solicitors, augmented by secondees and volunteers, to assess over 500 applications per year. As a clearing house, QPILCH filters applications, only referring cases that are assessed as meritorious.

For every one applicant that is referred for pro bono representation, approximately 2 applicants are not referred. Applicants are not referred for pro bono representation if their case lacks legal merit or they have sufficient means to afford representation. In cases without merit, we write to applicants explaining why. We also provide applicants with practical information, advice on their options, guidance about other agencies to contact for assistance. We also follow them up with a telephone call. We invest in this process because it prevents applicants from being unnecessarily referred from one agency to the next (which is likely to occur when merit is not explained) and in the majority of cases, our advice dissuades applicants from continuing or instituting unmeritorious proceedings.

So far in the 2013-2014 financial year, the Referral Services have received 335 applications for assistance. A referral request was sent for 98 of these applications. The remaining 237 applicants were advised that their matter was ineligible for referral and were provided with advice, practical information and guidance as to alternative options to resolve their problems.

There is much work that occurs behind the scenes in the Referral Services, and this would not occur without the help of secondees, law student volunteers, interns and Practical Legal Training students. This is exemplified by two recent cases. In the first, we referred an applicant to a member barrister for an advice on prospects, however it was clear that the applicant also required social support. Secondee solicitor Marissa Dooris spent a significant amount of time working with social support services to ensure that the applicant had access to help from a number of non-legal agencies. In some cases, it can also require us to gather information that the applicant cannot obtain. In the second case, PLT student Peta Miller spent several weeks assessing the merit of the applicant's case which had a particularly lengthy and complex set of facts. Peta's work allowed us to identify critical information required to proceed.

Working with others for broader-reaching impact

On 14 November 2013, secondee Kara Firth attended the Commonwealth Immigration Ombudsman Roundtable event on behalf of QPILCH. This event facilitated connections between a variety of community organisations and facilitated discussion and training in various issues relating to immigration detention.

Catherine Hartley and Tim Laird have also recently been involved in the employment law and discrimination discussions for the development of the Queensland Association of Independent Legal Services (QAILS) Queensland Legal Services Plan (QLSP). The QLSP aims to ensure a better coordinated, efficient and effective delivery of legal services by community legal centres within Queensland.

Mental Health Law Practice news

The MHLP has continued to assist a number of clients to achieve positive outcomes at their Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) hearings. In the relatively short period that the MHLP has been running, we have assisted 14.6% of our clients to have their Involuntary Treatment Orders (ITO) revoked at MHRT hearings. This is almost three times higher than the State average of 5% revocation. Given the clear impact that representation has, we will continue to advocate for increased funding for representation in MHRT hearings, which currently sits at less than 3% in Queensland compared with almost full representation in the NT and NSW.

Young People with Mental Illness

Jordan Sacco has been employed to undertake a research project examining the legal needs of young people on involuntary treatment orders in Southeast Queensland, funded by a small grant from the Sidney Myer Fund. Jordan and the MHLP's coordinator, Ann Herriot, met with Barry Thomas and Rob Troy from the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) in November last year. The Tribunal members provided insight into MHRT hearings for young people. Jordan and Ann have also met with a group of nurses from the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Mental Health Adolescent unit to discuss the research. Jordan will continue to meet with mental health professionals over the coming months.

Project for the Queensland Mental Health Commission

In January the MHLP was contracted to undertake work for the Queensland Mental Health Commission (QMHC). Ann Herriot coordinated the project and Jo Abraham, Alicia Brischetto and Tony McCarthy were employed to assist with the project. The outcome of the work was a map of Queensland legislation that impacts on people with mental illness or drug and alcohol misuse concerns. The work was completed for the QMHC at the beginning of March.

Student Clinics news

The Administrative Law Clinic (Bond University) commenced in early January under the supervision of Jackson Walkden-Brown. Students this semester are Morgan Windsor, Daniel Jade, Hannah Magione, Paris Gray, Katherine Hogan, Georgia Griffin, David Leggett, and Claire Sun. The students are working hard on a broad range of matters involving the review of government decisions. A number of guests will be sharing their expertise with the students over the coming month, including Senior Member Bernie McCabe of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Gavin Handran of Counsel and Eleanor Dickens of Clayton Utz.

All other student clinics have now commenced, including Social Justice Lawyering (Griffith Law School) and The Public Interest Research Clinic (TC Beirne School of Law "TCB") supervised by Andrea Perry-Petersen, The Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic (TCB) supervised by Sue Garlick and the Mental Health Law Clinic (TCB) supervised by Jordan Sacco. A number of interesting projects are underway; examples include PIRC students looking at the incidence of homelessness amongst asylum seekers and the impact of criminal compensation legislation on prisoners.

On 10 February, with participants from other CLC based student clinics, Sue Garlick, Andrea Perry-Petersen and Jordan Sacco attended training for clinical legal educators hosted by the UQ Pro Bono Centre and Teaching and Educational Development Unit.

Staffing

We welcome several new staff to QPILCH: Tim Laird, Solicitor, QLS and Bar Pro Bono Referral Services; Raquel Dos Santos, Solicitor, Self Representation Service at QCAT; Dan Nipperess, Paralegal, Self Representation Service at the Federal Court; Rebecca Slade, bookkeeper; David Maunsell, Managing Solicitor, Townsville; Renee Lees, HPLC Solicitor, Cairns; Danielle O'Connor, Paralegal, Townsville; and Melanie O'Sullivan, Referrals Administrator.

Catherine Hartley is currently acting as Referrals Coordinator while Karen Dyhrberg is enjoying the new challenge of motherhood.

We thank boutique legal recruitment for assisting us to secure our new bookkeeper, Rebecca Slade, and wish our previous bookkeeper, Tracey Dwyer, well in her new full-time position.

New Board

At the annual general meeting held on 21 October 2013, the following new board was elected and executive appointed from the membership:

  • President - Lucy Bretherton, Special Counsel Ashurst
  • Secretary/Treasurer - Matthew Jones, Barrister
  • Matthew Holmes, Partner MurphySchmidt
  • Noela L'Estrange, CEO Queensland Law Society Incorporated representative
  • Richard Hundt, Lawyer McCullough Robertson
  • Kathryn McMillan QC, Bar Association of Queensland representative
  • Judith McNamara, Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Law (Associate Member representative)
  • Anthony Reilly, CEO Legal Aid Queensland
  • Robert Reed, Special Counsel Minter Ellison
  • Abbey Richards, Lawyer, Holding Redlich
  • Andrew Buchanan, formerly partner Allens Arthur Robinson and inaugural president of QPILCH
  • Rochelle Carey, Corporate Counsel Glencore
 

Snapshot News

2013 Australian Charity Storybook
The current edition of the Australian Charity Storybook features the story of *Sharon, a woman experiencing chronic homelessness, who had her legal needs met holistically through the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic at Roma House.

Developed by the Not-for-Profit Foundation, the Australian Charity Storybook is an Australia-wide publication made available to NFP stakeholders and supporters, aiming to raise awareness about the significant impact of services like the HPLC on the lives of people experiencing disadvantage.

BABSEA Conference 2013
HPLC Senior Lawyer Sue Garlick recently attended the second BABSEA Pro Bono Conference in Ho Chi Minh City. Featuring delegates from 17 countries, the conference was a great opportunity to build connections and consider how pro bono initiatives can strengthen access to justice in South East Asia.

Sue's presentation, Sharing The Menu: Identifying Legal Need In Disadvantaged Populations: Perspectives And Data From The Legal Health Check, highlighted QPILCH's clearing house-model and the HPLC as an example of targeted and collaborative pro bono.

Grill'd Local Supporters

We would like to thank Colin, Dave (pictured) and the team at Grill'd West End for their support of QPILCH through their "local matters" program.

Lady Bowen Trust supports HPLC Street Soccer

We thank the Lady Bowen Trust for providing us with a grant of $2000 to support this year's Street Soccer tournament, a social inclusion event organised by the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic.