Law firms sign onto pro bono one-stop-shop

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Non-profit organisations can now go to one platform to assess their need for pro bono services and be paired with a professional services firm.

Firms have signed onto the New South Wales government advice platform, launched on Wednesday.  The platform is designed to connect eligible social sector organisations with pro bono advice, helping not-for-profit organisations explore new ways of funding social services in NSW.

The Expert Advice Exchange has already has secured the pro bono advice from 23 professional services firms on 20 areas, including procurement and tendering, business case development, governance and business planning and strategy.

Eligibility of applicants will be determined by a panel, which will also recommend the hours of engagement in July this year with two additional application periods to be held later this year.

Holding Redlich Sydney managing partner, Ian Robertson commented that the program allows the firm to further contribute pro bono services at a local level.

“We are delighted to work with the Office of Social Impact Investment in the delivery of social infrastructure in New South Wales.  Holding Redlich has a strong commitment to pro bono work and to assisting where possible to improve our society,” he said.  “An additional benefit is that our lawyers greatly enjoy this aspect of their work.”

Allen Overy, Ashurst, Baker & McKenzie, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Henry Davis York, K&L Gates, King & Wood Mallesons, Minter Ellison, Norton Rose Fulbright, Thomson Geer and TressCox Lawyers are among the law firms participating in the initiative.