Who we are

The Australian Lawyers Alliance is a national association of lawyers, academics and other professionals dedicated to protecting and promoting justice, freedom and the rights of the individual.

We promote access to justice and equality before the law for all individuals regardless of their wealth, position, gender, sexuality, age, race or religious belief.

You can view our Constitution here.

Our history

The Australian Lawyers Alliance started in 1994 as the Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association, when a small group of personal injury lawyers decided to pool their knowledge and resources to secure better outcomes for their clients: victims of negligence.

The organisation's founders realised that working collectively would enable them to campaign more effectively for progressive law reform, and to adopt a strategic approach to protecting the rights of ordinary people against the legal tactics of the state and big corporations.

In 2004, we changed our name to reflect our broader vision to advocate for those individuals whose rights had been violated or were at risk of violation, and in advocating for law reform that ensures greater fairness for all.

Our membership has since broadened to include academics, students and other professionals, who represent clients in seeking compensation for violation of their rights, and that advocate for fairer outcomes and access to justice. We estimate that our members represent up to 200,000 people each year all over Australia.

Funding

We receive no government funding.

Our main source of funds is membership fees, with additional income generated by our events, as well as through publications, sponsorship, advertising, donations, investments, and event paper sales.

What we do

We started out with no office, staff, conferences, events or publications.

Today, the Australian Lawyers Alliance advocates for law reform across a broad range of issues at both a state and federal level. We regularly provide submissions to parliamentary inquiries and give evidence at public hearings all over the country.

We also contribute regularly to public commentary and debate in the media, and feature across print, radio, TV and online media.

We host six state conferences annually throughout Australia, a medical law conference and a national conference, all claimable for continuing professional development (CPD) points.

We also publish a bi-monthly legal journal, Precedent, providing commentary and updates on vital areas of law and policy, which is complimentary to our members.