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Lawyers work for free, but it's worth it

April 23, 2012 - 1:24am


TNP PHOTO: Choo Chwee Hua

Their weekends were burnt and they spent Chinese New Year in the office trawling though thousands of pages of legal documents.

For their hard work, they will not be receiving even a single cent from their client.

Three lawyers from law firm Wong Partnership and three law students from the National University of Singapore worked together pro bono to help a man convicted of sexual offences against his daughter in 2010.

And their effort paid off when their client walked out of court a free man last Wednesday.

In January, Chief Justice Chan Sek Keong had encouraged lawyers to take on more cases pro bono at the opening of the new legal year.

He said: “Pro bono is not just free work, but free work for our poor ‘neighbours’ without expectation of any kind of material reward – it is the work of the good Samaritan.”

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