LGBTI Legal Service announces new staff and new location

Australia’s only community legal centre that exists for the LGBTI community has a new name, a new office and its first full-time solicitor.

New name and premises

The LGBTI Legal Service Inc., formerly known as the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans Intersex Legal Service Inc., is excited to continue to provide free legal advice to Queensland’s LGBTI community from its new office at Level 2, 725 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley from 17 January 2018.

725 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley

New solicitor

This year the Service secured inaugural funding from the Queensland Government. Since the Service began in 2009, it has been run entirely by a dedicated and passionate team of volunteer lawyers who provide free legal advice, community education and law reform advocacy in the LGBTI space.

Their assistance continues, but government funding has allowed the Service to employ a full-time solicitor, Jason Neuendorff. Jason’s legal background includes working as a senior lawyer at Inner Melbourne Community Legal, an experience which sparked his passion for social justice and for advocating for the rights and needs of the disadvantaged and minority groups. He has extensive litigation experience and has worked in private legal practice and as a solicitor for the Queensland and Victorian State Governments.

Service delivery

The Service provides free legal advice and services to people facing legal problems relating to their identification as LGBTI or where they prefer to discuss their legal problems with a solicitor who has specific skills, interest and understanding of issues and barriers faced by the LGBTI community.

The Service’s free legal advice service includes advice on the following areas:

  • family law (separation/relationship breakdowns, children and property settlements);
  • domestic violence;
  • surrogacy and parental rights;
  • criminal law and victims’ support;
  • employment law (including unfair dismissal, workplace bullying and harassment);
  • unlawful discrimination;
  • gender identification; and
  • some civil law matters.

Persons who identify as LGBTI or who have a LGBTI-related legal issue who don’t know where to turn for legal advice or assistance may contact the Service on 07 3124 7160 or by email to mail@lgbtilegalservice.org. The Service offers free legal advice provided by experienced lawyers either face-to-face or by telephone, by appointment, on Wednesdays from 6.15 pm.

In particular cases, the Service may now also be able to take on case work and represent clients.

Christmas closure

The Service will be closed from midday on Friday, 22 December 2017 and will reopen on Wednesday, 3 January 2018.

Contact

Emile McPhee – Executive Director – director@lgbtilegalservice.org

(This media release was also published at http://communitylegalqld.org.au/node/2086)