Making a difference
We firmly believe that lawyers don’t merely have a duty to the court and to their clients — they also have a duty to behave with the utmost integrity and humanity. This belief runs through everything we do. It’s because we believe that actions speak louder than words that we do pro bono work, get involved in charity fundraising and do whatever we can to minimise our impact on the environment.
In 2014, Swaab became a signatory to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation (now known as MINDS COUNT) charter guidelines and began financial support for the organisation. MINDS COUNT is an independent, charitable organisation, fully operated by volunteers. The Foundation’s objective is to decrease work related psychological ill-health in the legal community and to promote workplace pscychological health and safety.
Pro Bono work
Our firm has a long history of doing legal pro bono work, both informally and through Justice Connect and the Arts Law Centre of Australia. Our lawyers have served on boards and steering committees, given pro bono commercial and intellectual property advice, acted in matters referred to us by PILCH, assisted charities with corporate governance and served as pro bono general counsel for not-for-profit organisations. Our firm regularly assembles a team of lawyers and support staff to participate in the Walk for Justice, an event which celebrates the pro bono ethic of the legal profession, as well as its commitment to the practice of law in the public interest. We are proud that our lawyers have assisted many organisations working for the public good, including:
- Kids Cancer Project
- Melanoma Foundation
- Cystic Fibrosis Australia
- Make A Wish Foundation
- Camp Breakaway
- Starlight Foundation
- Carers NSW
- Bondi Icebergs
- Hannah’s Foundation
- Humane Society International
- Humane Research Australia
- Sydney Rugby Union
- Royal Australian Institute of Architects
- NSW Parents Council
We believe that our combined staff efforts can make a big difference. It is part of our firm’s culture that all of our staff take on fundraising challenges with energy and enthusiasm. Each year we support a number of charities by participating in team events, seeking sponsors and holding shared lunches with a collection of donations from staff. The partners of the firm match donations received from staff on a dollar for dollar basis. We have supported a wide range of charities including:
- Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea (Cancer Council)
- Jeans for Genes Day (Children’s Medical Research)
- Red Nose Day (SIDS and Kids)
- Pink Ribbon Day (Cancer Council)
- Movember (Prostate Cancer Foundation and Beyondblue National Depression Initiative)
- Wesley Mission food drive
- World’s Greatest Shave (Leukaemia Foundation)
Swaab are proud to be helping to save lives by donating to the Australian Red Cross Service through the Red25 group donation program. Red25 is a unique, life-saving social responsibility program working towards ensuring 25% of Australia’s blood donations are secured. Our staff regularly donate to the Australian Red Cross Service, enjoying the time spent with each other whilst doing our part to make a meaningful difference to someone’s life.
We are a founding member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AUSLSA), an industry-led association with a mission to work collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. View the 2017 Legal Sector Sustainability Insight: Report of AUSLSA Members.