Secondments a productive part of pro bono relationship







L: Caxton Legal Centre lawyers Brittany Smeed and Georgia May with HWL Ebsworth secondee Hesh Aiyach and R: Caxton Legal Centre lawyer Miriam Barber with HWL Ebsworth secondee Patrick Dooley

Caxton Legal Centre has recently developed a mutually beneficial pro bono secondment partnership with HWL Ebsworth. Our first two secondees Hesh and Patrick have just completed their rotations.

Each secondee is placed with Caxton for 2 days per week for an 8-10 week period with a total of 6 secondees rotating through the service between April and October and the intention to continue on an ongoing basis after this trial period.

Secondments take place in Caxton’s Human Rights and Civil Law Practice and its Family, Domestic Violence and Elder Law Practice. Graduate lawyers are exposed to new areas of law while increasing Caxton’s capacity to respond to clients.

Caxton Legal Centre CEO Cybele Koning said the arrangement benefits both Caxton and HWL Ebsworth.

“Caxton consistently receives more requests for help than we are able to respond to so having additional human resources through this partnership is highly valuable to our service,” said Ms Koning.

“It’s also an opportunity for the graduate lawyers to build their skills in working with clients as they provide advice and contribute to Caxton’s human rights, family and elder law case work.”

Caxton Legal Centre regularly benefits from pro bono contributions from private law firms and welcomes enquiries about potential partnerships. Contact the Centre on (07) 3214 6333.