The Chair of Legal Aid WA, Hon. Jane Crisford SC, is pleased to announce that Helen De Brito has been appointed as Director of Legal Aid WA.
The Governor at Executive Council has appointed Helen as Director of the Legal Aid Commission of Western Australia for a period of five years from 19 December 2023.
Helen has been the interim Director since May 2023.
Helen started her career at Legal Aid WA in 2005 and has practised predominantly in criminal law.
In 2011 Helen was appointed Acting Solicitor in Charge of the Fremantle office, before going on to manage the Legal Practice Development Division and the Criminal Law Division.
Helen was also responsible for establishing Legal Aid WA’s Virtual Office service in 2019. Helen is strongly committed to improving service delivery and delivering positive outcomes for Legal Aid WA’s clients.
She is passionate about resilience and wellness in the legal profession, regional service delivery, and the development and mentoring of staff.
Helen is a long-standing member of Legal Aid WA’s Reconciliation Action Plan Committee, has managed the Graduate Program, and the Country Lawyers Program.
Most recently as the Director of the Criminal Law Division, Helen has been instrumental in maintaining criminal law services during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, including establishing duty lawyer hubs. In 2022, the Institute of Public Administration Australia awarded the duty lawyer hubs as Best Practice in Innovation.
Helen will start her five-year tenure as Director of Legal Aid WA from 29 January 2024.
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