QPILCH News - Issue 33 - December 2014

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QPILCH Annual Report 2013-14

QPILCH assisted a record number of clients in 2013-14. Over 2,600 new files were opened in the year through the Referral Service (Public Interest,... More »

G20 for homeless - what happened

Our Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic (HPLC) worked with partner firms, host community agencies and colleagues in the community legal sector to... More »

Events to note for 2015

Wednesday 18 March 2015
5.30pm to 7.30pm
Ashurst, Level 38, 123 Eagle Street, Brisbane

We will be extending invitations in the N... More »

The gift of your help this Christmas

QPILCH is very grateful to be one of the beneficiaries of the Waterfront Place Christmas - a Time for Giving project and we ask every... More »

Health Advocacy: a new frontier

Held for the first time in semester 2, 2014, the Health Advocacy Legal Clinic (HALC) is one of the latest student clinics established by QPI... More »

QPILCH Townsville office now well established

QPILCH Townsville is now operating the Homeless Persons' Legal Clinic, and has established a referral service and a Self Representation Service.... More »

HPLC news

We now operate 23 outreach legal clinics across Queensland using our HPLC model, including 19 Homeless Persons' Legal Clinics, 2 Mental Health Civi... More »

Mental Health Law Practice news

10 October 2014 was World Mental Health Day. On this day we were reminded of the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the wider comm... More »

Referral Services news

The Referral Services have experienced a spike in demand in recent months. Since 1 July 2014, we have received 169 new applications for assistance.... More »

Self Representation Service news

Now that it is nearing the end of the calendar year, it is a good time to reflect on the Service's busiest period since its launch in 2007. We hav... More »

Student Clinics news

Students of the HPLC Student Clinic run in partnership with the University of Queensland completed two successful projects this semester. In... More »

Secondments and volunteers

Ben Tuckett continues his secondment from Corrs Chambers Westgarth. We thank Ben and Corrs for their ongoing full-time secondment which grea... More »


Seasons Greetings

The Management Committee and staff wish all QPILCH members, volunteers, supporters, colleagues and friends a very happy and relaxing Christmas and New Year.

QPILCH welcomes new patron

The new Chief Justice of Queensland, The Honourable Timothy Carmody, had kindly agreed to become QPILCH patron, following the appointment of our first patron The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC as Governor of Queensland. We thank the Chief Justice and welcome him to QPILCH.

Disbursement fund

QPILCH's Disbursement Fund, which has grown over the years from the proceeds of the Queensland Legal Walk, is available for access by community legal centres, law firms and barristers who are representing clients who cannot afford disbursements, including filing fees, transport costs and medical reports. To apply, director@qpilch.org.au.

New members since 1 July

QPILCH welcomes the following new members in 2014-15. New barrister members include: David Yarrow, Duncan Galton, John Faulkner, William Wild and Keith Wylie; and new firm members are WF Yau Lawyers, Landers&Rogers, Wotton&Kearney and KM Splatt & Associates. Energex has rejoined as a corporate member.

Outreach legal clinics raffle

QPILCH held a raffle that raised around $2300 to support the pro bono efforts of our outreach legal clinics, and the Big Issue's Street Soccer program. We thank Suncorp Stadium for generously donating a corporate box for 10 people to watch Brisbane Roar and Melbourne City in November 2014. Congratulations to the winner of this fantastic prize, Ewa Cholinska of Sparke Helmore Lawyers.