Giving back to the community

As a proud Western Australian legal business our lawyers and support staff give back to the community in a number of ways including pro bono legal work, charitable contributions and community sponsorships. We provide financial assistance to clients in need with free legal services to deserving clients.

We aim to make a contribution to the wider community, with past and present directors of our firm serving on the boards of community hospitals, incorporated associations, charitable organisations and schools.

The firm’s founder Bart Kakulas QC provides encouragement to those with an interest in law who have a financial need by way of scholarship at UWA law school

Bart Kakulas QC sponsored the restoration of old legal attire which was subsequently donated to the Francis Burt Law Museum.  The Law Society of WA praised this work saying “our community will always be enhanced by this piece of history”.

Kakulas Legal is dedicated to providing opportunities for work experience to young people who have aspirations in law.  Further, Peter Kakulas participates in talks at schools and career evenings in the Perth CBD.

The firm regularly sponsors children’s sporting activities, feeling it is an important part of giving back to the community. This year we are proud to sponsor the Firebirds Little League Baseball Team.  As a major sponsor of UWA Nedlands Football Club, we are honoured to have our logo on player shirts.

Past and present directors of our firm also have a long tradition of pro bono work.  Our pro bono work includes carrying out legal work in-house on a no fee or reduced fee basis.  Our current director, Peter B. Kakulas did monthly pro bono work at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau for several years before they closed their Fremantle branch.

Essential Personnel Cambodia

Kakulas Legal staff member Lisa Johnson left Perth in 2014 to dedicate her life to working with Essential Personnel Cambodia. Essential Personnel Cambodia is an NGO which seeks to empower young Cambodians with disabilities through education and training to employment and self-sufficiency. On a day to day basis, Kakulas Legal sees how hard life can be for people suffering physical hardships, and we found it impossible to imagine how difficult it must be to live with a disability in Cambodia.

We are so lucky to live in Australia, and we feel we have a social responsibility to help people who don’t have the infrastructure and support that we have. Lisa told us how hard it could be for students to get to university, and so we donated the funds to buy Essential Personnel a tuk tuk. The ‘Kakulas Legal Tuk Tuk’ is used by boys with various forms of physical disabilities that reside in Essential Personnel’s Boys University House in Phnom Penh.

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