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Increasing Access – June 2021

Increasing Access is our bi-annual publication with interviews and articles on the impact of our pro bono and community investment (PBCI) work around the world.

This issue includes an interview with our two pro bono coordinators in Australia, Julia Burvill and Lachlan Shelley, about how they have successfully developed our programme of work there, as well as an interview with three of our partner organisations on the impact Covid-19 is having on women around the world.

We also feature profiles of our first ever global PBCI award winners – including an interview with our Outstanding Contribution winner, senior associate Niels De Waele in Antwerp – and our regular ‘Ten questions’ interview with Tokyo counsel Osamu Ito.

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Issue 8 – June 2021

Download Issue 8 of our pro bono and community investment magazine, Increasing Access, with interviews and articles on the impact of our work around the world.

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A buzz of enthusiasm in Australia


A&O’s pro bono and community investment programme in Australia has grown significantly in recent years. In this edition we speak to A&O’s pro bono coordinators – Julia Burvill (Banking lawyer, Perth) and Lachlan Shelley (Corporate lawyer, Sydney) – about taking on their new roles last year and the issues A&O is focusing on in Australia.

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Q&A with Osamu Ito


Osamu Ito is a counsel in A&O’s Corporate team in Tokyo. For over 25 years he has advised Japanese and international clients on inbound and outbound matters  specialising in M&A, joint ventures and general corporate work. He also advises clients on regulatory, employment, data protection and other compliance matters in Japan. In this short interview, he tells us a bit more about himself and his reasons for getting involved with pro bono work, as well as his proudest achievement in this area.

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A winner's profile: Niels De Waele


We catch up with Niels De Waele after receiving his accolade as winner of the Outstanding Contribution Award in our first ever global PBCI awards. 

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