Thomson Playford was recognised for its dedication and commitment to community service in a ceremony held at the fifth National Homelessness Conference at the Adelaide Convention Centre on 22 May 2008.
The award was in recognition of the firm’s support and participation in the Housing Legal Clinic run by the Welfare Rights Centre (SA), where lawyers provide free legal advice every week to the homeless people who visit the Byron Place Community Centre.
Thomson Playford Chief Executive, Brett Goodridge, said the firm had an established pro bono program, and lawyers were encouraged to contribute their time to provide quality legal services to individuals or organisations with a genuine inability to pay, and who represented a worthwhile cause.
“Thomson Playford is committed to making a positive difference to society and we take our corporate social responsibility seriously, with our pro bono initiative and community involvement” Mr Goodridge said.
At the ceremony, the Welfare Rights Centre (SA) was awarded the 2008 Givewell Good Giving Best Community Project Award for establishing the Housing Legal Clinic.
“We are delighted to be recognised for our contribution, and are even more thrilled to be involved with the Welfare Rights Centre (SA), which is a very worthy winner of the Best Community Project Award.”
The certificates of recognition were accepted on behalf of Thomson Playford by two of the firm’s lawyers who are involved in the program, Tara Page and Ken Gitahi.