Maurice Blackburn recognised in 2012 Children’s Law Awards
22 August 2012
Media contact - Jade Thompson
Maurice Blackburn has been recognised for its work in the area of social justice after jointly winning the National Award for Outstanding Legal Representation of the Rights and Interests of Children and Young People at the 2012 Children's Law Awards.
The award jointly acknowledged the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC), Legal Aid NSW, the Public Interest Law Clearing House NSW (PILCH) and Maurice Blackburn for their work in standing up for the rights of children and young people on key issues such as unlawful arrests and detention.
This included recognition of a class action undertaken by PIAC and Maurice Blackburn on behalf of young people who were unlawfully arrested due to a defective police computer records system.
Maurice Blackburn Principal Ben Slade, who helped to lead the class action, said the firm was very honoured to have been recognised as part of the awards.
"The Social justice practice is something we are passionate about at Maurice Blackburn and we're very proud to have been asked to work with PIAC and our young clients on this class action that is standing up for the rights of children and young people," Mr Slade said.
"To be able to do this work is an immense privilege and we feel very honoured to have been acknowledged for our efforts along with these organisations."