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The law should serve everyone, not just those who can afford it

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 and human rights contributes to a better society. That’s why Maurice Blackburn is Australia’s leading social justice and human rights 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: 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 1972, when the principle of equal pay for equal work became law.

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Jennifer Kanis

Principal Lawyer, Social justice, Melbourne

Jacinta Lewin

Special Counsel, Social justice, Melbourne

"Achieving great outcomes for my clients is very satisfying. So is having the opportunity to meet and work for people from a broad range of backgrounds."

Nicki Lees

Senior Associate, Social justice, Melbourne

"Seeing the way in which the law can be such a powerful tool for positive social change is very rewarding."

Samuel Habteslassie

Lawyer, Social justice, Melbourne

“I am driven by the belief that our profession has a duty to ensure that justice and strong legal representation is accessible to the most vulnerable."

Karl Shami

Lawyer, Social justice, Melbourne

'The strength and resilience of my clients inspires me to fight for their rights and correct injustices in our society.'

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