Premium independent law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has been recognised for leading the legal profession in Diversity and Pro Bono at the inaugural ALBERT Awards 2012.

Corrs was the recipient of two of the three major large law firm ALBERT awards, winning the Leadership in Diversity Award – Large Law Firm and Leadership in Pro Bono & Community Award – Large Law Firm.

The ALBERTs recognise firms and in-house legal teams who have demonstrated exceptional leadership in community practice including women in law, pro bono and community outcomes and environment. Winners were announced by ALB Magazine in their December issue out today.

Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton said, “We are honoured and humbled to be recognised by the ALBERT Awards. Corrs is enabling a truly diverse workplace and is committed to the professional advancement of women. Our contribution to the community is very important to us and we are dedicated to delivering a broad pro bono and community program with meaningful outcomes.”

Winners were determined by an independent panel selected by ALB Magazine for their expertise in diversity, environment and pro bono.

About Diversity at Corrs

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has made significant progress towards its diversity goals, implementing a series of key initiatives aimed at the professional advancement of women, including:

  • The first firm to launch an ASX Compliant Diversity Policy which sets out bold targets to increase gender diversity
  • Partnering with Melbourne Business School on a three year ‘Gender Equality Project’
  • Offering flexible working options to accommodate the individual circumstances of employees through the Corrs Flexibility@Work program
  • Increasing parental leave entitlement to 18 weeks (in 1 January 2011)
  • Offering mentoring for female partnership candidates and executive coaching for female partners to assist women to maximise their career potential

About Corrs Pro Bono and Community Engagement

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is committed to contributing to the broader community with a pro bono and community engagement agenda that is diverse and far-reaching. It includes providing pro bono legal services for disadvantaged individuals and groups that might otherwise not have access to legal representation, as well as to charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

Corrs is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre Aspirational Target. This year, Corrs exceeded the target by nearly 20%, performing an average of 43.8 hours per lawyer of pro bono legal work.

Priority pro bono areas for the firm include refugees and internally displaced persons, homelessness/poverty, Indigenous issues and education.

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