The ACT Law Society’s ACT Firm of the Year Award recognises the outstanding efforts of local firms in contributing to access to justice, and to a diverse and healthy legal profession.
Nominee firms will be judged based on achievement in one or more of the following areas:
- commitment to pro bono legal work in the ACT
- encouraging and developing a diverse and inclusive legal profession in the ACT
- supporting and encouraging the development and mentoring of new lawyers in the ACT
- providing wellbeing support to staff in the ACT
- contributing to the reputation of the legal profession in the ACT
- innovative use of technology in legal service delivery in the ACT.
ACT Firm of the Year Award
Presenting the ACT Firm of the Year Award to Mark Barrow of Ken Cush & Associates, Law Society President Elizabeth Carroll drew attention to the firm’s commitment to access to justice and human rights and their unique approach to pro bono work. Ken Cush & Associates take on difficult institutional abuse cases including alleged breaches of human rights at the AMC, false imprisonment cases, and the wrongful conviction case of David Eastman. They regularly act for some of the ACT community’s most vulnerable people, including First Nations people. The firm have represented many Aboriginal clients in respect of issues of unjust imprisonment, racism, and inadequate health care in the AMC. The firm has also used its skills in personal injury and insurance law to take on numerous catastrophic injury cases pro-bono or on a speculative basis to assist clients in the ACT and Australia-wide.