Community

Community

Corporate Social Responsibility

We have a long history of engagement with our community, working closely with community partners and supporting organisations, charities and people across a diverse range of areas.

Our approach to the community mirrors our commitment to our clients.  We understand that achieving real outcomes requires long-term and genuine commitment.  We know that meaningful relationships must endure to build trust and focus endeavours.

We listen, collaborate and work together to get results, no matter how long it takes.

We work with our community partners, such as nonprofit and community organisations, to build capacity and achieve sustainability.  We understand that what we do today, how we act and interact with others, leaves an indelible mark on the future.  Our actions are many and varied, from charitable giving to reducing our carbon footprint, but they share the core aim of providing economic, social and ecological benefits for all.

How we connect

Our Community strategy includes pro bono work, partner and staff donations through the McCullough Robertson Foundation, sponsorships, staff community activities, fundraising and volunteering.  Our broad priority areas cover:

  • access to justice
  • health and mental health
  • indigenous education and capacity building
  • remote and rural communities and their activities
  • inclusion and diversity
  • community arts, and
  • promoting philanthropy.

As Queensland’s largest law firm with a growing practice in Sydney and Newcastle and significant reach across Australia, particularly in regional centres, we take advantage of our size, geographic spread and breadth of experience to make a difference as widely and broadly as possible.

Some examples of our programs and activities include supporting new and start-up nonprofit and community based entities, governance and training for new and existing organisations and mentoring and supporting Indigenous organisations and programs.

We encourage and support our lawyers to take up board roles with community and nonprofit organisations and regularly respond and contribute to the development of government policy affecting the nonprofit sector.  We also work with numerous peak bodies across a range of issues to support their advocacy work.

Pro Bono

We have adopted a formal Pro Bono target and signed up to Pro Bono Australia’s Aspirational Target because the vision matched our own.  We have always encouraged our lawyers to undertake pro bono work.  We take our commitment to the community seriously and pro bono work is completed to the same high standard as everything else that we do.

Our pro bono activities include:

  • establishing charitable entities and corresponding tax concession endorsement advice
  • employment and industrial relations
  • intellectual property advice
  • advice on privacy issues, and
  • property work

LawRight

As a founding member of the LawRight (formerly QPILCH), we accept pro bono matters referred from LawRight, and participate in a number of clinics that support self-represented litigants in the civil courts and tribunals.

One example is our participation in LawRight’s Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic.  We operate the 4AAA clinic at West End on a six-week rotational basis with another firm.  Our lawyers attend the clinic every week for an hour to provide advice to local people who are experiencing homelessness.  Graduates are particularly encouraged to participate in the Homeless Persons’ Legal Clinic.

A culture of giving

Regular events and charity activities involve our staff to raise awareness and much needed funds.  We have established a number of long-term partnerships with community organisations which provide our staff with opportunities to get involved in tangible and practical ways.

In 2009 we established the McCullough Robertson Foundation as a vehicle to support and formalise our charitable activities and fundraising.

 

Contact uscommunity@mccullough.com.au