Annette Bain's role is to identify unmet legal needs in communities and develop appropriate legal responses, such as legal outreach clinics or new secondments, with DLA Piper lawyers and the firm's clients.

Her current projects include assisting victims of sexual assault and other mistreatment in seeking compensation, advising people in a refugee camp on their rights, advising a LGBTI organisation on law reforms that may adversely affect its clients, and preparing a report on community legal services.

To help build pro bono culture, Annette collaborates with local legal institutions such as Bar Associations, Law Societies, law schools, legal NGOs and Pro Bono Roundtables to nurture and develop awareness of pro bono work in the region.

Annette is a regular speaker on pro bono topics and a mentor to new pro bono lawyers.

Annette Bain started in July 2016 as the inaugural Pro Bono Counsel for Asia at DLA Piper Hong Kong, covering offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore and Bangkok.