Weekend wrap: Bump in funding for pro bono

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Making legal news this week, NSW pro bono gets a boost; DibbsBarker announced the Canberra office would split and Alexander McQueen faces copyright allegations over the royal wedding dress.

The NSW government has announced $825,000 in funding for a not-for-profit legal organisation, Justice Connect.

“This funding will allow Justice Connect to provide around 200,000 not-for-profit community groups in NSW with free, online, up-to-date legal information; low cost training and a free telephone inquiry service,” said family and community minister Brad Hazzard.

DibbsBarker announced the Canberra office will leave the Dibbs banner and join McInnes Wilson, due to the office’s differing strategic direction to the other DibbsBarker offices.

“The move to an association with McInnes Wilson has been driven by common values and close alignment of market strategies,” Canberra co-managing partner John Buxton said.

“McInnes Wilson operates as a full service firm, as we do, and this will produce synergies not only for our firm but most importantly for our clients.”

A UK designer is claiming fashion house Alexander McQueen knocked off her design in the creation worn by Kate Middleton on her wedding day, saying she sent sketches of the designs to the Duchess prior to the royal wedding.

“We are utterly baffled by this legal claim,” a statement released by Alexander McQueen said.

“Christine Kendall first approached us at Alexander McQueen almost four years ago, when we were clear with her that any suggestion Sarah Burton's design of the royal wedding dress was copied from her designs was nonsense.”