Com­mu­ni­ty

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.

Men­tal health 

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

Char­i­ty Fundraising

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)

Envi­ron­ment

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.