The National Pro Bono Professional indemnity Scheme defines pro
a lawyer or paralegal who, without fee or expectation of a fee,
advises and/or represents a client in cases where:
the client has no other access to the courts and the legal
the client's case raises a wider issue of public interest;
a lawyer or paralegal involved in free community legal
education and/or law reform; or
a lawyer or paralegal involved in the giving of free legal
advice and/or representation to charitable and community
WHY SET UP A PRO BONO PROGRAM?
As lawyers we have a privileged position in society. That
privilege is the ability to provide legal advice and
With that privilege come important responsibilities to ensure
that everyone is able to access legal advice and to contribute to
the administration of justice.
There is also a moral imperative for a commitment to pro bono
since, as lawyers, we have the capacity to assist people in a
meaningful and life-changing way.
THE BUSINESS CASE FOR CORPORATE PRO BONO
In some cases, the establishment of pro bono projects and
initiatives will involve both an investment of time and also a
financial investment. Some businesses are more sophisticated than
others in identifying the business case for investment in corporate
social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
While pro bono work should always be undertaken for the benefit
of the client and/or the community, investment in pro bono may
deliver business benefits to your organisation. The business case
for pro bono includes:
Improved legal staff recruitment and retention.
Increased employee engagement.
Broader professional experience.
Improved reputation and profile.
A tangible legal-team contribution to your organisation's
broader CSR strategy.
The practical demonstration of your organisation's
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An actuarial review of the Invensys Australia Superannuation Fund showed it to be in surplus to the tune of $189.2 million. In mid 2003, the Invensys Group proposed to the trustee that the surplus be repatriated to the principal employer in the group.
CIVs will have flow-through status for tax purposes and similar criteria as the MITs, to encourage foreign investment.
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