In recognition of its leading initiatives in diversity, Corrs Chambers Westgarth was awarded the prestigious and hotly contested “Diversity Law Firm of the Year” award at the fourth annual Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2015. Corrs was selected for the award over other finalists Herbert Smith Freehills, King & Wood Mallesons, DLA Piper, Baker & McKenzie, Clayton Utz and AdventBalance.
The Women in Law Awards recognise the achievements of women (and organisations) who have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.
As the winner of the “Diversity Firm of the Year” award, Corrs was recognised for its demonstrated commitment to diversity, including through initiatives to promote gender equity at all levels of the firm, improve and promote flexible work arrangements for all, and initiatives to support people in managing their work and life commitments (and challenges).
Corrs’ work in these areas has been focused both internally and more broadly, across professional services firms and the business community. Corrs was also praised for its promotion of an inclusive workplace culture, encompassing gender inclusiveness and cultural/other inclusiveness – efforts and outreach through Corrs’ LGBTI network and Reconciliation Action Plan was particularly applauded.
Corrs partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO said “our success and this recognition is welcome but rest assured we will never become complacent on this issue. There is more work for every law firm in the country to do to ensure the diversity promise to our people is delivered.”
At the awards event held on Friday, 27 November in Melbourne, Corrs partner and Diversity Council Chair Annette Hughes accepted the award on behalf of the firm. She noted that the award was evidence of the great commitment of the Corrs leadership and a countless number of people working tirelessly to further the many important diversity initiatives.
She singled out for special recognition the Diversity Council, the Diversity Council Advisory Team, the Steering and Working Committees for initiatives (including the LGBTI and RAP initiatives), Diversity Manager Julianne Tkaczuk, and the many People & Development and Communications team people who supported work over the year.
Annette asked those attending to take a moment to look around the room and think about all of the amazing women recognized on the evening, and all of the strides we have made as a profession- and then to walk away energized and working collectively to advance the remaining work to be done.
In addition to Corrs winning the law firm award, the depth of female talent at the firm was also recognised with three further individual finalist nominations:
Finalist – Female Partner of the Year Award 2015 - Frances Williams
Finalist – Senior Associate of the Year Award 2015 - Kristina Botsis
Finalist – Marketing Communications Executive of the Year 2015 - Kate Piper
They all attended the event on Friday to celebrate with Annette and Diversity Manager, Julianne Tkaczuk (all pictured).
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