The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre provides free legal assistance to homeless young people in inner Sydney. It was established in 1993 and is believed to be Australia’s oldest legal centre for homeless people. It is operated jointly by Herbert Smith Freehills, The Salvation Army and Mission Australia.
The Shopfront is staffed through permanent Herbert Smith Freehills positions, including solicitors and support staff and two mental health social workers (employed by Mission Australia). Herbert Smith Freehills also second two lawyers to The Shopfront each year from our Sydney office.
In addition to providing legal services with a strong focus on defending clients who are charged with criminal offences, the Shopfront also provides legal support to young people in their capacity as victims of crime. Staff provide community legal education and work collaboratively with other youth services to deliver a holistic service responsive to employment, housing and education needs. In addition to assisting around 600 individual cases each year, the centre advocates for systemic change that will benefit all homeless young people.
You can read more about the Shopfront and what we have done since 1993 by clicking here.