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Salvos Legal Humanitarian are a team of skilled and empathetic lawyers who have a wide panel of barristers who may also offer their services free of charge. We provide advice and assistance, subject to our Means and Merits Test.

We appreciate that many people who need our legal assistance often have other pressing non-legal needs. Many are managing other complicated issues in their lives. Because we are fully owned by The Salvation Army we often connect clients with other Army pastoral and social services such as addiction recovery, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander programs, youth support programs,  accommodation and homelessness services, employment plus and Moneycare.

The Queensland Office was established in 2012 and provides advice on a range of matters including:

  • Police matters
  • Family & children’s law
  • Migration & refugee law
  • Human rights & public interest law
  • Credit & debt
  • Housing law
  • Social security law

However Salvos Legal does NOT provide advice matters related to:

  • Wills and estates
  • Employment
  • Workers compensation
  • Family law property disputes
  • Property disputes, including issues regarding conveyancing and strata matters
  • Student & business visas
  • Civil matters involving those seeking damages, compensation or some form of payment from another party

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 we can no longer provide our face to face free legal Advice Bureau service in NSW and Queensland, or our service through the Asylum Seeker Clinic in Queensland.

The Advice Bureau service is being replaced by a telephone advice service from 25 March 2020 and until further notice. Appointments are required because, as you will appreciate, demand is high and we need to manage our resourcing to provide the best service possible.

The service is available, Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays from 10am – 4pm.  Please call the relevant number to make an appointment or email

NSW:  02 8202 1500

Queensland: 07 3280 8860

People in Queensland who are seeking asylum can also access free legal services through our Asylum Seeker Clinic.

Salvos Legal Humanitarian Office is led by solicitor Michael Anglin (see below article from Salvation Army Publications 2016).


Salvos Legal Humanitarian Queensland Partner, Michael Anglin, was awarded Australia’s Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards on 28 April. Held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel, Michael said he was caught off guard when he discovered he had been nominated for the award and even more surprised when he won. “I found it a privilege to realise the vision of William Booth as the poor man’s lawyer,” he said at the awards ceremony.

Michael (pictured) has been running Salvos Legal Humanitarian’s Queensland branch since 2012, but he initially turned down the position. It wasn’t until Michael assisted clients who had been affected by the 2011 Queensland floods that he knew it was the right time to move into full-time pro bono work. “It’s always been my passion as a lawyer to assist those people who just didn’t have access to legal services.

Salvos Legal Humanitarian averages 120 cases across Queensland per month.