Proctor : February 2019
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Submissions with legal content are subject to approval by the Proctor editorial committee, and guidelines for contributors are available at qls.com.au Advertising deadline: 1st of the month prior. Subscriptions: $110 (inc. GST) a year (A$210 overseas) Circulation: CAB 30 September 2018 – 11,468 (10,535 print plus 933 digital) Brisbane lawyer Andrea Perry-Petersen has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship in recognition of her determination to increase access to justice through innovative approaches and emerging technology. Andrea is one of 112 people across Australia to receive fellowships worth a total of $3.1 million. She was presented with her award by Queensland Governor Paul de Jersey AC at a ceremony on 23 November. She will now travel to the Netherlands, Canada and the United States to explore how human-centred design, multidisciplinary collaboration and digital innovation may increase access to justice. For the past few years Andrea has been researching innovative initiatives overseas and engaging with stakeholders at home, including the courts, legal assistance sector, universities, legal tech start-ups and technology companies. “Through the fellowship, I hope to gain a deep understanding about what factors make a project effective and sustainable long-term, and return to implement those that are suited to our Australian context,” said Andrea. “I am looking forward to visiting organisations such as the Hague Institute for Innovation in Law, the Civil Resolution Tribunal in Vancouver and Stanford d.School, all of which run programs addressing the civil law needs of diverse groups, using principles of human centred design, collaboration and digital innovation. “These approaches will make a real difference in developing understandable, effective self-help materials and pathways to dispute resolution mechanisms tailored to the literacy and ability levels and digital accessibility of different people.” Fellowship winner seeks access to justice solutions A new service for lawyers puts them in touch with experts who are prepared to offer their services for free or at low cost in matters where the lawyer is acting on a pro bono basis. Professional services consultants ExpertsDirect will provide its services, including its research, case management and quality assurance teams, on a pro bono basis for participating pro bono law firms. The ExpertsDirect pro bono service has been developed by the Australian Pro Bono Centre working with ExpertsDirect to tackle one of the key challenges in pro bono litigation – the availability of experts who are also willing to act pro bono in appropriate cases. “ExpertsDirect engages with a wide range of professions, with expertise in fields ranging from medicine, rehabilitation and finance to technical fields such as construction, engineering and IT,” ExpertsDirect CEO Richard Skurnik said. “When we sent out an expression of interest to our curated panel of 5000 experts, we found that there’s a genuine enthusiasm amongst many of our experts to ‘give back’ and a desire to make a difference to the future wellbeing of vulnerable people. Working with the Australian Pro Bono Centre, the new ExpertsDirect Pro Bono service plans to facilitate this.” Australian Pro Bono Centre CEO John Corker said the cost of expert reports, advice, attendance at meetings and providing evidence continued to be a barrier to lawyers taking on deserving matters on a pro bono basis. “We are delighted that experts in a broad range of fields are willing to consider becoming involved in matters we consider appropriate for referral,” he said. “It is important to realise that the scope of the task to be undertaken by the expert, and the charge, if any, for such service, will ultimately and properly be a matter for agreement between the pro bono lawyer and the pro bono expert.” Applications to ExpertsDirect Pro Bono should be directed to the Australian Pro Bono Centre at probonocentre.org.au/ expertsdirect-pro-bono-services, while experts who may wish to become involved should contact ExpertsDirect at expertsdirect.com.au. Experts team up with pro bono lawyers Churchill Fellowship recipients with Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey AC. Andrea Perry-Petersen is on the far left.