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Slater and Gordon is celebrating the ten year anniversary of its pioneering Social Work Service this month. This remains the only service of it's kind.

Slater and Gordon CEO John Somerville said the Firm recognised its clients were facing issues and flow on effects beyond the scope of their legal claims.

“Our clients often come to us at the most vulnerable time of their lives and can be facing enormous stress, including financial distress and potential homelessness, relationship breakdowns, mental health issues and access issues to the support they need.

“It was this need and a desire for our firm to deliver the very best outcomes for our clients – beyond their legal outcomes - that led to the development of our free social work service in 2009.”

Mr Somerville said since it was established the social work team had assisted over 2,600 clients.

“Our social work team has grown and we now provide this service to our clients nationally.

“Our social workers collaborate daily with our legal teams to compliment the advice, support and outcomes we deliver to our clients.

“And over the years, our lawyers and social workers have partnered to shape broader policy debates and provide important advocacy for our clients on broader legislative reform issues,” he said.

National Manager of Social Work Services Olga Gountras said while the team assisted people across Australia, the issues they see are common.

“The issues we address cover a broad spectrum and may be acute or chronic in nature,” Ms Gountras said.

“I have come to see that our role extends beyond the individual clinical work we provide to clients.

“As well as providing a complement to the work of our legal teams, our role enhances the understanding of our lawyers and support staff of the emotional and social impact of serious life-changing incidents,” Ms Gountras said.

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