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.

In 2021 Bill d'Apice was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day 2021 Honours List for his significant service to the law, to the legal profession, and to the Catholic Church of Australia and he has also been awarded a Papal Knighthood for services to the Catholic Church. 

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

In September 2018, Ella Alexander, Special Counsel joined Makinson d'Apice to further develop and grow our Pro Bono 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 13 years of experience working with a range of social justice organisations. 


  • Winner - 2021 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards - Pro Bono Program of the Year.

  • Winner - 2020 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards - Ella Alexander won the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award. 

  • Finalist - 2020 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards - Isabel McLelland was recognised as a finalist in the Pro Bono Lawyer of Year category. 

  • Winner - 2019 Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards - Ella Alexander won the Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award.

  • Finalist  - 2019 Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards - Ella Alexander was recognised as a finalist in the Rising Star of the Year category. 


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:   

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 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.  

Environmental Committee

The Makinson d'Apice Environmental Committee works to implement initiatives at our firm to minimise our impact on the environment. We have a formal Environmental Policy which sets out best practice in sustainability at all levels of our business. We have implemented a comprehensive recycling system across the firm and are working on initiatives to ensure sustainable practices in our procurement and to monitor and reduce our energy and paper use. 

Ella Alexander, head of our Pro Bono and CSR Program and a member of the Environmental Committee, contributed to The Australian Pro Bono Centre's Pro Bono Guide to the Climate Crisis, released in September 2020. The guide showcases the ways in which law firms can assist with tackling climate change, click here to access the Guide.