A report issued by Bell Gully on its pro bono and community programme, which was formalised in 2009, has
highlighted the firm's commitment to supporting not-for-profit organisations throughout New Zealand.
A Helping Hand reviews the programme, providing a snapshot of just some of the work Bell Gully has undertaken for charitable organisations in 2010 and early 2011.
A committee of six partners and four senior associates oversees the programme. Committee member Ralph Simpson, partner and litigation department head, says that the programme has not only provided much-needed support to the not-for-profit sector, but also offers tangible benefits for staff. "Our lawyers are gaining expertise in areas of law they might not otherwise be exposed to, and it is a genuinely rewarding for them to assist those who cannot afford legal assistance. Many comment on how inspirational it is for them to be able to make a positive impact on the lives of others in the community."
In 2011, the programme is targeted to achieve $1 million per annum fee equivalent in pro bono legal services. In addition, as a special focus for this year, business support staff are becoming involved in the programme, offering support and resources to Bell Gully's pro bono partner organisations.
To find out more, read Bell Gully's
A Helping Hand report.