Have you been in a situation where you have overlooked a legal matter because of limited financial and time constraints?

This is a situation that many small business owners find themselves in. Often, the time and resources needed to pursue a legal matter for your business (like a breach of contract or unpaid invoice) is written off because you may not think it’s worth your time and effort to pursue the matter.

The good news is that access to justice may be easier than you think, with the Curtin Law School providing pro bono legal services that eligible small business owners can access. Many of the businesses that the Curtin Law School has assisted have been referred to the service by the SBDC. 

This week, our Small Business Commissioner, David Eaton, joined the Minister for Small Business Paul Papalia CSC and the Attorney General, John Quigley at the John Curtin Law Clinic to congratulate Curtin and the SBDC on their collaboration to assist small business owners. 

As a result of the collaboration between Curtin and the SBDC, final year students (supervised by qualified practicing lawyers) gain practical legal skills and specialist knowledge, while small business clients get access to legal advice and remedies they could not otherwise afford.

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Photo of Small Business Commissioner David Eaton, Minister for Small Business Paul Papalia CSC and the Attorney General John Quigley with students from the John Curtin Law Clinic.
Small Business Commissioner David Eaton, Minister for Small Business Paul Papalia CSC and the Attorney General John Quigley with students from the John Curtin Law Clinic.

More information

Need help with a legal matter? See our legal and risk information for small business owners, including practical guidance on topics such as contracts and agreements and tips on hiring a lawyer - including information on the John Curtin Law Clinic’s pro bono legal services.

For more information on the collaboration between the John Curtin Law Clinic and the SBDC, read the Minister for Small Business's media release.

Legal and risk
SBDC news
27 September 2017