Pro Bono and Corporate Social Responsibility


At Makinson d'Apice we view it as our collective responsibility to operate in a transparent, ethical and sustainable manner to ensure positive corporate, social and environmental outcomes.

Our firm, our partners and our employees have a proud tradition of providing services to the community. So much so that Makinson d’Apice is a past recipient of the Law Society of New South Wales' Pro Bono Award in recognition of our voluntary legal services.

Our Chairman, Bill d’Apice, has received a Papal Knighthood for services to the Catholic Church and Richard d’Apice AM was awarded membership of the Order of Australia for services to the community in 1996 and also a Papal Knighthood for his services to the Catholic Church.  

In September 2018, Ella Alexander, Senior Associate joined Makinson d'Apice to further develop and grow our Pro Bono practice and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. Ella has a longstanding passion for using her skills to assist disadvantaged members of the community and she brings over 10 years of experience working with a range of social justice organisations. 


Makinson d’Apice is a practice with a heart. We are a proud supporter of a wide range of Pro Bono and CSR initiatives and programs including:   

Lawyers Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS)

LEAPS was established as a workplace learning mentoring program and designed to ensure students remain engaged with schooling. Young people are provided with a mentor from a law firm to work through lessons on study skills, ethics and career planning. Our lawyers have mentored numerous students through this program. 

Include a Charity

Include a Charity is a collaboration of charities, covering a range of causes and aspects of our community, from medical research, education, animal welfare, the environment, the arts and more. Paul Evans, Partner in our Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate and Estate Litigation team regular provides pro bono services to this charity. The goal of the collaboration is to encourage more people to leave a gift in their Will, increasing the funds invested in the charitable sector and thereby increasing the positive impact these organisations have on our society.

Supporting St Lucy's School Wahroonga

St Lucy's is a Catholic school in the Dominican tradition for students with disabilities. Makinson d'Apice is proud to support the school's Bursary Program which enables the school to continue to provide their students with education and facilities. 

Supporting the NSW Police Legacy – Blue Ribbon Ball

Makinson d'Apice is a long standing supporter of the Blue Ribbon Ball that raises funds for the NSW Police Legacy who supports to the wider police family through the provision of meaningful benefits, services and advocacy.

Hosting & Attending Wills Days

Our Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate and Estate Litigation team has assisted numerous charity organisations by preparing Wills for their members and contacts including, The Salvation Army, The Children's Cancer Institute, The Australian Cancer Research Foundation and Wesley Mission. 

Supporting the University of Notre Dame

Partners and lawyers from Makinson d’Apice have taken part in the University of Notre Dame Australia School of Law Mentoring Program for a number of years. 

During the course of the program, our lawyers meet individually with the students and also invite them to our offices and to accompany us to court. Many of the students mentored through the program have since joined the firm and are valued colleagues. 

Makinson d’Apice also sponsors a number of prizes at the law school to support and encourage the next generation of lawyers.