From local schools to global organisations, we have a long and proud history of helping those in need.
Our people are committed, and actively encouraged, to support disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations through pro bono legal work, volunteering and workplace giving, all of which form part of our dedicated Pro Bono and Community program.
We are the principal legal partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia, and other organisations we work with and support as part of our Pro Bono & Community program include Hagar Australia, Justice Connect, The Salvation Army, The Big Issue, Very Special Kids, Oxfam and more.
In the last year alone, our people have performed more than 19,000 hours of pro bono and volunteer work for those who need it most.
In March 2018, we published our inaugural Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP).
Developed to improve financial inclusion, the FIAP program helps to ensure the millions of Australians suffering financial hardship and exclusion receive relief, and are able to navigate their way to full engagement in the social and economic life of their communities.
We’re proud to be one of only 30 organisations — and one of only two law firms — to have a FIAP in place.
Legal Pro Bono
Case Study – Homes for Homes
Established by The Big Issue, Homes for Homes tackles Australia’s chronic shortage of 200,000 social and affordable homes. In 2016, led by Partner Nathaniel Popelianski, Corrs worked with long time pro bono partner The Big Issue to create a legal mechanism for Homes for Homes to enable homeowners to donate a tax-deductible 0.1% of the sale price of their properties to fund social housing projects. The mechanism works within the framework of existing state laws, is nationally applicable and provides an opt-out option. It is estimated that the Homes for Homes initiative will raise A$1.8 billion over the next 20 years.
We were very proud to be recognised for our involvement in the Homes for Homes initiative at the 2017 Financial Times Asia Pacific Innovative Lawyers Awards, winning the ‘Innovation in Social Responsibility’ category.
Partnerships, Sponsorships and Recognition
We regularly partner with, sponsor or support the below organisations as part of our Pro Bono and Community program:
- Homeless Persons’ Legal Service
- Women’s Justice Network
- MDA Legal Clinic
- Justice Connect
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre
- Law Right Inc.
- Hagar Australia
- Oxfam Australia
- The Big Issue (Australia)
- Australian Pro Bono Centre
- Life Without Barriers
- Teach for Australia
- Aboriginal Legal Service of WA
- Kids Under Cover