2019 – Grant & Simpson
Founded in Rockhampton in 1897 Grant & Simpson service clients throughout Australia. Grant & Simpson are committed to continuing the firm’s long tradition of delivering legal services of a high standard at a reasonable cost.
When the Centre first sought volunteers to enable the establishment of its evening clinic in 2016, three staff from Grant and Simpson volunteered their time to assist those who may not have been able to afford legal advice.
The initial volunteers were Allan Grant (partner), Katherine Lord (associate partner), and Bianca White (lawyer). Joshua Morgan (lawyer), previously a student volunteer, subsequently replaced Bianca White on the roster. In 2018, demand for advice within the area of estates administration exceeded the Centre’s capacity and John Siganto (partner) volunteered to undertake a monthly outreach clinic in Rockhampton to assist our clients with their legal problems.
The staff at Grant & Simpson have assisted the Centre to achieve its Mission Statement of sustainable and accessible legal services for the Central Queensland Community. Further the contribution of their time and knowledge has underpinned the Centre’s goals in providing and supporting client services.
2020 – Justin French
Justin has been a volunteer at the CQCLC for five years and has been unstinting in the hours he has dedicated to the Centre. He started his involvement assisting with the client intake process and provided support to staff and clients with the completion of forms, drafting letters etc.
After his admission as a Solicitor, Justin volunteered his time and legal skills as a solicitor at the employment clinics which he also coordinated. Justin also regularly volunteers his time at the Thursday evening clinics. In addition to undertaking advice sessions, Justin also volunteers as a tutor for University students providing them the opportunity to enhance their skills through discussion of the legal problem and observation of the advice session.
Justin embodies the tenets of social justice through continuing to volunteer even after commencing employment and continuing his post graduate studies.