Giving Back

Giving Back


Contributing

We are committed to giving back to the community and do so through a variety of initiatives whether in the form of pro bono legal work, or charitable contributions and fundraising efforts coordinated by our Community Committee. Our contribution is made possible through the collegiate and generous community spirit of our people. As a proud WA firm, we strive to strengthen the community in which we live and work.

  • Community

  • Pro Bono

  • Sustainability

The Community Committee is responsible for managing the firm’s community work, which includes fundraising, volunteer activities, and developing on-going support relationships with community partners. We support disadvantaged groups within our community, and embrace matters that are important to our people.

Our Community involvement is currently focused on the following key areas:

  • Access to learning - for disadvantaged groups and for the legal community’s development

  • Environmental issues and sustainability – we employ a broad range of sustainable and environmentally sound office practices

  • Human, Health, Research and Welfare - a broad group encompassing youth issues, depression, disease and illness, indigenous issues, people with disabilities and homelessness

  • Animal Welfare - through our work with the RSPCA

  • Alleviation of poverty – through fundraising and volunteer activities

Everyone within the Firm is encouraged to participate in the Community Committee program. Our community calendar of events includes :

  • Red Cross Blood Donation Service

  • Red Cross Soup Patrol for the homeless in Perth

  • Ronald McDonald House for families undergoing hardship through childhood illness

  • The Guide Dog Fundraising Challenge

  • Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation – regular fundraising activities throughout the year

  • The RSPCA – including the Annual Million Paws Walk sponsorship

  • St Vincent de Paul – including the annual CEO Sleep-out

  • Children’s Medical Research Institute – Jeans for Genes Day

  • Diabetes Today and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – including the Walk to Cure Diabetes Event

  • Activ Foundation – City to Surf Event

  • PWC Cool Night Classic

  • Starlight Foundation – including Purple Haze, Fremantle Dockers Event

  • Hawaiian Ride for Youth for the prevention of youth suicide and depression

The purpose of the firm’s pro bono program is to provide legal services to those who might otherwise struggle to find legal representation or pay for legal advice. For a number of years, we have provided pro bono assistance to a range of organisations and in 2009, the partnership established a pro bono policy and committee to formalise our efforts.

We believe that pro bono work is an enriching personal and professional experience. We apply our commitment with the highest professional and ethical standards and this is reflected in the working relationships established through this program, whether in dealings with clients, staff or the wider community as a whole.

We are committed to playing our part in reducing the carbon footprint.

We are a founding member of AusLSA – the Australian Legal Sector Alliance, of which our Chairman is also a director. This is an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector.

As a member of Cityswitch, we have also installed many green office initiatives, including the following:

  • Motion censored lighting

  • Timed air conditioning

  • Use of quality recycled paper and recycling facilities

  • We request all staff shut down computers and switch off lights at the end of each day

  • Printing preferences are set to double-sided layout where possible

In addition we have a close affiliation with SEA – the Sustainable Energy Association of Australia and take part in many of their member events. We have co-hosted events and workshops and invested in environmentally sustainable projects. We also sponsor the SEA Awards.

We believe that it is our responsibility to take practical and effective measures to protect the environment and strive for sustainable practices in our everyday working lives.