As part of the firm’s commitment to driving diversity, equality and inclusion in the legal profession, Corrs Chambers Westgarth has hosted a cocktail reception at its Sydney office for ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr.

Mr Barr, a long-time advocate for LGBTI inclusion, became Australia's first openly-gay head of government when he became Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory in December 2014.

Members of the LGBTI@Corrs Network were joined at the reception by a number of key Corrs' clients, representatives from LGBTI community groups, representatives from the arts and key role models from the LGBTI community including former High Court Justice, Michael Kirby.

Corrs is a proud member of Australia's leading LGBTI employer organisation, Pride in Diversity, and a signatory to the Law Council of Australia's Diversity and Equality Charter.

Robert Regan, partner in charge of Corrs' Sydney office and executive sponsor of the LGBTI@Corrs Network said Corrs was honoured to host Mr Barr and to recognise and pay tribute to his work for LGBTI inclusion.

"Diversity and inclusion, including LGBTI inclusion, are important to the wellbeing of our people and the success of our firm. Being able to host such prominent LGBTI Australians like Andrew Barr and Michael Kirby is a real honour for Corrs.

"It enables us to demonstrate to our clients and the broader business community our commitment to diversity and inclusion. We want our clients to know that our commitment to inclusion is genuine and that they should feel comfortable to be themselves," said Mr Regan.

LGBTI@Corrs Chair, Senior Associate David Anthony agreed, saying “At Corrs, we are committed to creating an environment where people are free to bring their full identity to the workplace.

"Andrew Barr and Michael Kirby are inspirational role models for the LGBTI community. Both have demonstrated in the most powerful way, that it is possible to bring your full self to work and achieve excellence in professional life,” said Mr Anthony.

The reception continues an active year for Corrs' LGBTI network. In May the firm hosted a series of events in all of its offices nationally for International Day against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, including a client lunch in Melbourne which was addressed by Rowena Allen, Victoria's Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality.

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