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Sparke Helmore Lawyers' Sydney-based Workplace team has been nominated in the Pro Bono Partnership Award category in the 2016 Justice Awards.

The firm was nominated in partnership with Marrickville Legal Centre, HWL Ebsworth, Minter Ellison and Santone Lawyers for establishing the Employment Law Advice Clinic at the Legal Centre six years ago.

As part of the initiative, legal practitioners from participating firms voluntarily attend the Legal Centre once a month to provide free legal advice on employment law matters, such as unfair dismissals, general protections, and bullying and discrimination complaints to visitors of the Clinic.

"This year, our Workplace team has dedicated more than 140 hours of legal assistance to the Clinic," said Hannah Rose, Sparke Helmore's Head of Pro Bono & Community. "We are very proud of what we have achieved working with Marrickville Legal Centre, HWL Ebsworth, Minter Ellison and Santone Lawyers in establishing and servicing the Employment Law Clinic. It's an added bonus that our collective contribution has been recognised through a Justice Awards nomination."

The Awards, which are an initiative of the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, acknowledge individuals and organisations that have improved access to justice for socially and economically disadvantaged people. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday 13 October at Parliament House.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 900 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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