Corporate Social Responsibility

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Corporate Social ResponsiblityAs a leading Australian law firm, we recognise our responsibilities to our clients, staff, suppliers and the wider communities in which we live and operate. We are proud of our Corporate Social Responsibility program, which includes:

  • providing legal services according to the highest ethical and professional standards;
  • minimising the impact that our business operations have on the environment by reducing our energy and water consumption and waste creation;
  • engaging participation in pro bono programmes where our lawyers provide legal advice on a free or discounted basis to charities and those in need;
  • aiming to support and strengthen local communities (for example we are proud of our involvement in the LEAPS student mentoring program operated by the NSW Department of Education);
  • actively promoting and participating in fundraising activities for a broad range of charitable organisations; and
  • choosing to partner with those suppliers who share similar goals in relation to minimising our impact on the environment (including environments outside of Australia) and the community. 

HWL Ebsworth is also cognisant that our staff play a vital role in contributing to this program, both in the office and at home. A key component of our program involves raising awareness and encouraging staff to adopt strategies to minimise their use of energy, waste, water and transport, whilst contributing positively to the broader community.

Pro bono program

HWL Ebsworth has an active pro bono program aimed at providing free legal assistance to people who are disadvantaged or marginalised and to the not-for-profit sector in Australia. We see this as an important part of our professional responsibility as lawyers and our engagement with the wider community.

As part of our program, we act for individuals and organisations in a range of matters such as tenancy, credit/debt, victims compensation, employment and discrimination, corporate and taxation advice and native title.

HWL Ebsworth is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre's Aspirational Target.  The firm is also a member of the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH) in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.

Examples of our pro bono work include:

  • assisting with the establishment of a micro-finance program in a Queensland indigenous community;
  • advising an international advocacy organisation about Australian defamation law;
  • assisting clients referred by the Cancer Council NSW with matters such as credit/debt issues and early access to superannuation and insurance benefits;
  • providing intellectual property advice to an organisation assisting victims of child abuse; and
  • advising a leading international charity about the legal position of volunteers in Australia.

In addition to accepting individual matters, we are involved in several ongoing pro bono projects, including:

  • Homeless Persons Legal Clinic (HPLC) (Brisbane) – HPLC provides free legal advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at weekly advice clinics at a variety of locations in Brisbane;
  • Refugee Legal Assistance Clinic (RLAC) (Melbourne) – RLAC runs out of the Footscray Community Legal Centre and targets legal services to recently arrived refugees; and
  • Homeless Persons Legal Service (HPLS) (Sydney) – HPLS provides free legal advice to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness at weekly advice clinics at a variety of locations in NSW.

We have ongoing pro bono relationships with a number of not for profit entities such as Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and Family Planning NSW.

We provide regular volunteer solicitors to assist community legal centres including Marrickville Legal Centre and Kingsford Legal Centre in Sydney. We also host regular training sessions for community legal centres.

In addition to our pro bono work within Australia, we also work on development projects in the Asia/Pacific region on a pro bono or reduced fee basis, particularly in the area of HIV legal policy and law reform.

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