Addisons is committed to helping others with their expertise and knowledge.

Addisons is committed to providing opportunities for the firm’s lawyers to make a positive contribution to the community through the use of their legal skills. As part of the firm’s Pro Bono Initiative, we are a signatory to the Australian Pro Bono Centre (Pro Bono Centre) National Pro Bono Aspirational Target (Target) of 35 pro bono hours per lawyer per year, and a proud supporter of The Law Society of New South Wales Pro Bono Scheme.

Pro Bono Case Study: Regional Circularity Co-operative Limited and the Bega Circular Valley Project

Since 2021 Addisons has provided pro bono legal assistance to establish Regional Circularity Co-operative Limited (RCC) and implement its projects relating to circular economic initiatives. This assistance has included legal work associated with the establishment of RCC in 2021 as a not-for-profit entity, supporting the activities and governance of RCC’s board and reviewing documents relating to the funding and implementation of RCC’s projects.

RCC’s objects to formulate, promote and implement projects and initiatives relating to circular economies in the Bega Valley Shire and other geographic regions. A circular economy is one in which resources are kept in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of their life. This provides a more efficient, sustainable and environmentally sound economic model for businesses and regions.

The Bega Circular Valley program and the development of a Centre for Circularity in the town of Bega, NSW are flagship projects of RCC. The Centre for Circularity will be a facility in the town of Bega that will showcase circular economic principles and initiatives and provide a modern tourism centre that will allow visitors to learn about and experience the application of circular economic principles within the Bega Valley Region. The facility has been designed by prominent international firm, Cox Architecture, with construction to commence once final government approvals have been obtained. This video, by Cox Architecture provides a virtual guide as to what the Centre will look like.

Other examples of organisations we work with:

Adopt Change

Adopt Change Ltd exists to ensure all children have access to a safe, nurturing and permanent family home and that families are well supported. Our partner, Donna Short provides pro bono advice and attends fundraising and awareness events hosted by Adopt Change Ltd.

The Centenary Institute of Cancer Medicine and Cell Biology

The Centenary Institute is an independent medical research leader seeking improved treatments and cures for cancer, cardiovascular and infectious diseases. Our partner Jamie Nettleton sits on the Institute’s Commercialisation Committee.

The Fred Hollows Foundation

The Fred Hollows Foundation is an international development organisation working towards eliminating avoidable blindness and improving Indigenous Australian health. We partner with the foundation to provide pro bono support.

Glaucoma Australia, Inc.

Glaucoma Australia works to eliminate glaucoma blindness by detecting and treating early, giving hope to the 300,000 Australians sufferers. For many years we have worked on a number of matters for Glaucoma Australia on a pro bono basis.

Justice Connect

Addisons is a member of Justice Connect, an organisation which facilitates referrals of pro bono opportunities to law firms in Australia. All of the clients seeking assistance from Justice Connect are persons or organisations in need and who have limited capacity to access lawyers and the legal system without support.

KU Children’s Services

KU Children’s Services is a 125 year old, not for profit organisation with over 2,000 staff, looking after the needs of over 4,000 families. It is an employer of choice and has an extraordinary NPS. Our partner Laura Hartley was previously Chair of the Board.

Mary’s House Services

Addisons has formed a partnership with Mary’s House Services to provide pro bono legal assistance. Mary’s House Services has two parts: Mary’s House, a refuge for women and their children who are escaping domestic violence, and the Daisy Centre. The Daisy Centre offers extended case management support throughout any stage of the journey, and safety planning and support in “planning to leave” that reduces harm for women and children who remain in abusive relationships.

Addisons provides assistance directly to the Daisy Centre’s clients, and also to the charity itself, on an “as needed” basis.

Wolper Jewish Hospital

The Wolper Jewish Hospital is a non-denominational, not-for-profit community hospital in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, specialising in medical care, rehabilitation and palliative care. Our partner Daniel Goldberg was appointed President of the Hospital in 2023 and has served as a Board Member for 13 years.