Law Week kicks off, HHG honoured for pro bono services

(L-R) Law Society of WA President Alain Musikanth, Sam Vandongen SC (Francis Burt Chambers), Attorney-General John Quigley, Murray Thornhill (HHG Legal Group), Chief Justice  Wayne Martin AC.
(L-R) Law Society of WA President Alain Musikanth, Sam Vandongen SC (Francis Burt Chambers), Attorney-General John Quigley, Murray Thornhill (HHG Legal Group), Chief Justice Wayne Martin AC.

WA Law Week kicked off this morning with the annual Law Society Breakfast.

Law Week, from May 15-19,  is an opportunity for the legal profession to engage with the Western Australian community to build a greater understanding of the law in society.

“Law Week is a great opportunity for the community to learn about the law and their rights,” Law Society President Alain Musikanth said.

“From a single ‘Law Day’ back in 1983, Law Week has expanded into an extensive programme of events and information sessions for the community and the legal profession.

“Free legal advice sessions for the public, offered by law firms and community legal centres, make up a significant portion of the Law Week programme.

“There are community events taking place throughout the week and across the State – including in Perth, Fremantle, Mandurah, Albany, Kalgoorlie and Geraldton.”

At the breakfast, HHG Legal Group were the recipients of the Organisation Award for their outstanding contribution to the community through pro bono services provided.

Sam Vandongen SC, of Francis Burt Chambers, won the individual award.

Tuesday May 16 is national pro bono day, and lawyers will ‘Walk for Justice’ along the Perth foreshore to raise funds for Law Access Limited, an organisation dedicated to helping those in need of legal assistance on a pro bono basis.

For the full law week programme, visit https://www.lawsocietywa.asn.au/.