The Western Australian Bar Association (WABA) is a voluntary professional association of barristers. Barristers will usually choose only to act with a solicitor. Generally speaking, members of the WABA do not accept instructions directly from a client - members are briefed by an instructing solicitor.
If you want pro bono legal assistance, the following notes may help you.
What to do if you need legal assistance, cannot afford to pay for it and cannot obtain other funding. Where to go first?
If you do not currently have a solicitor assisting you and you have not already done so, you may wish to contact Law Access – a not-for-profit organisation that coordinates the giving of pro bono (free or reduced cost) legal assistance by the Western Australian legal profession. The service is targeted at not-for-profits and individuals in genuine need of legal assistance who satisfy a means and merits test.
Law Access may be in a position to assist you in securing the services of a solicitor, on a pro bono basis.
Law Access does not offer a walk-in service and all contact must be made by email, in writing or by telephoning the reception at the Law Society of Western Australia. The contact details for Law Access are set out below:
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
CRAWLEY WA 6009
Tel: (08) 9324 8600
Fax: (08) 9324 8699
Information about the Law Access Pro Bono Referral Scheme including application forms may be found at:
If Law Access is able to secure the services of a solicitor and that solicitor decides that a barrister should be involved, Law Access will liaise with the WABA.
Other avenues to consider are: