At Maurice Blackburn, our work is based on the view that Australian and international law should support the notion of justice and reflect community values. The firm's Social Justice Practice challenges the excesses of government and business, and champions the rights of those who are disadvantaged. We believe legal action that supports social justice contributes to a better society.
That’s why Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading social justice law firm.
Our firm was founded on the belief that the law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it. We believe in fighting back against unfair treatment and that the betterment of people and their livelihood is our greatest profit. We recognise that there are often people and even organisations who can’t afford the services of a lawyer. In appropriate cases we will provide our services without charge or on a reduced cost basis.
Maurice Blackburn has a dedicated Social Justice practice, headed by Elizabeth O'Shea, which draws on lawyers from across the firms practice areas, providing access to the some of the best legal expertise in Australia.
Maurice Blackburn: A history of fighting for fairness
Maurice Blackburn has led litigation in the public interest on behalf of refugees, workers who have been underpaid, and people who have been unfairly targeted by national security legislation.
As far back as 1945, the firm worked with the ACTU and won a claim for the 40-hour week. Maurice Blackburn also worked together with union clients for equal wages for women throughout the 1950s and 60s until the final victory in 1972, when the principle of equal pay for equal work became law. In 1966 we acted on behalf of the Northern Australian Workers Union in a landmark victory in the Northern Territory Cattle Industry Case. Aboriginal men employed as station hands achieved wage equality and award conditions were extended to them. This case set the stage for similar decisions to be achieved in other industries.