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Hamilton Locke's Community and Pro Bono Program is our way of providing assistance where it may not otherwise be available. 

Often what we do and what we can give cannot be accessed by all members of the community. This may be due to cost, circumstance or other barriers. At Hamilton Locke, we believe it is our responsibility to engage with the wider community to break down these barriers and to leverage our resources. Our commitment is to make an impact in the community that is positive, sustainable and meaningful. 

The Hamilton Locke Community and Pro Bono Program is comprised of two distinct branches to maximise impact. 

The Community Program focuses primarily on hands-on support for the cause, whether through workshops, mentoring, resources and other in-kind support. 

The Pro Bono Program focuses on providing legal advice in support of the organisation. In doing so, we understand and celebrate our role as lawyers to increase access to justice and give a voice to those who are otherwise marginalised. 

Our Key Partnerships


The Hunger Project

The ultimate goal of The Hunger Project is to end world hunger by 2030. The Hunger Project shifts mindsets of individuals, so that they are empowered to build and run sustainable projects within their community, whether it may be a school or a business, for example.

The Hunger Project provides resources, such as education, microfinancing and health facilities to enable men, women and children and their projects to flourish, ultimately allowing them to break the cycle of poverty themselves.

The Hunger Project operates in 14 developing countries, including Ethiopia, Ghana, India and Peru. Our contribution focuses on supporting the organisation, whether that be reviewing and drafting contracts or providing brand exposure and fundraising opportunities.

Hamilton Locke has provided ongoing pro bono legal support to The Hunger Project in a range of areas, including property and general corporate advisory.

More information on The Hunger Project is available at their website here .

Want to find out more? Contact our Community and Pro Bono team at .


Ocean Impact Organisation

Ocean Impact Organisation (OIO) is Australia’s first ocean impact ecosystem and startup accelerator, helping people start, grow, and invest in businesses that positively impact the ocean. It’s mission is to create an abundant and sustainable ocean through inspiration, innovation, leadership and good business. Launching in February 2020 and based in Manly, Sydney, Australia, OIO was founded by “business with purpose” entrepreneur Nick Chiarelli and award-winning environmentalist Tim Silverwood.

OIO has launched The Ocean Impact PitchFest 2020, calling for applications from startups and innovators working to create a positive impact on Planet Ocean. Pitchfest 2020 aims to discover, showcase and celebrate innovations and innovators with the passion, drive and potential to have a significant positive impact on Planet Ocean.

Hamilton Locke provides ongoing pro bono legal support to OIO in a range of areas, including general corporate advisory, intellectual property and technology.

More information on OIO is available at their website here .


Pride in Law

Hamilton Locke is a proud sponsor for Pride in Law, a non-political, not-for-profit group, dedicated to the LGBTIQ+ legal community and their allies. Since 2017, Pride in Law have curated a legacy of helping and connecting the LGBTIQ+ legal profession directly and indirectly through visible legal education, professional networking and advocacy in the law. Pride in Law continues to address homophobia, gender inequality and other affronts to the LGBTIQ+ legal community and its allies. 

More information on Pride in Law is available at their website here.

Your buddy check

Your Buddy Check

Working from home is the workplace of the future.

Your Buddy Check is a smart compliance system to protect and maintain privacy of those living in domestic violence crises, coping with disability or suffering from mental health whilst working from home. The system is built to enable colleagues and employers to check in on and provide necessary support to vulnerable groups through an app, integrated platform, organisation-wide policies and training.

It was founded by Mel Thomas, a former Australian of the Year nominee and CEO of the KYUP! Project, Australia’s leading violence prevention education program in schools.

More information on Your Budy Check is available at their website here.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we work, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation.