Woodsford is proud to support Australia’s Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) and in particular, the Adverse Costs Order (ACO) Guarantee Fund.
PIAC has been at the forefront of public interest advocacy in Australia since its launch in 1982 and tackles difficult social problems that impact on the lives of many Australians. They conduct test cases and strategic litigation in the public interest, and provide legal assistance, policy advice and training to create positive change to the lives of people who are disadvantaged and marginalised.
The Adverse Costs Order Guarantee Fund allows PIAC’s public interest cases to go ahead in circumstances where the risk of an ‘adverse costs order’ would discourage clients from proceeding with their case.
Under the scheme, clients are indemnified so that they can proceed with their cases without having to risk their assets or income.