About Us

Corrs Chambers Westgarth is an independent, client driven legal partnership.

We work with our clients as true partners in their business. We bring insight, innovation and agility to create success for them on a global stage.

We are the most globally connected law firm based in Australia. Our pioneering partnering networks in Asia–Pacific and globally, ensure we support our clients everywhere.

We are recognised as a leader in the market for the quality of our advice and commercial outcomes achieved for our clients – we are innovative lawyers. Our people are consistently recognised for outstanding service and results. We do more than advise our clients – we help them adapt to the future. Our values and behaviours, Generous of Spirit; To the Point; Connected; Team Players; Pioneering; Agile and World Class form the foundation of our strong culture.

Corrs has a strong history spanning more than 175 years but we are firmly focussed on creating opportunities for our clients in the rapidly changing business landscape of today and tomorrow.

In an increasingly globalised, hyper-connected world, we will continue to assist our clients by focusing on their needs.

Corrs is led by our Chief Executive Officer, John W.H. Denton AO and Chairman, Stephen Price.

“Corrs stands for the competitiveness of Australia and of our clients and the success of our people – everywhere.”

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Our clients want a different type of law firm that is strategic, creative, flexible and able to work in their worlds. These are the qualities that characterise and differentiate our people - world class lawyers who are prepared to think big and do things differently.

With more than 600 lawyers, including 120 partners, our people are consistently recognised for world class services and results. This year, 57 of our partners and special counsel were named leading lawyers in Chambers Asia Pacific and Global Guides and 129 were listed as Best Lawyers in the annual Best Lawyers peer review.

We have built a culture of collaboration and excellence in which each person is encouraged, supported and trained to be world class. This is the key to excellent results for our people and our clients.

Our commitment to our people has made us a much sought-after employer. We are consistently recognised as an Employer of Choice, and are the only large national law firm to be awarded ALB Gold Employer of Choice two years in a row – as voted by our staff in an independent national survey.

Corrs enjoys strong, enduring relationships with major clients, including more than half the top 50 ASX listed companies and a number of Global Fortune 500 companies. We value these relationships and work hard to continually earn our place as our client’s most trusted adviser on their most significant challenges. We do this by continually evolving to extend our value and influence.

We constantly look for ways we can work better together to generate greater impact and efficiency. We tailor our expertise and resources to deliver for our clients in a fast and complex business environment, ensuring they get exactly what they need to make the best decisions.

On a global stage, our lawyers work across practice areas and geographic boundaries to drive commercial outcomes and transactions in multiple jurisdictions. As an independent law firm with global reach, we have the flexibility to provide the best solution for each individual client and matter. Through our global network of the world’s best independent firms, we connect with the best lawyers internationally to meet our clients’ specific needs.

Above all, we offer our clients fresh thinking crucial to building their competitive advantage.

Helping others is a key aspect of the culture at Corrs and can be seen every day in every office at Corrs. It happens in three ways – through pro bono legal work, volunteering and philanthropy.

Corrs provides pro bono legal services for disadvantaged individuals and groups as well as charitable and not for profit organisations. We are committed to providing access to justice for those in need and are proud of our pro bono culture.

We act for homeless people through our various homeless persons’ legal clinics. We run migration law clinics and we provide programs through the Aboriginal Legal Service as well as the Employment Law Centre, where we act for indigenous people. We also act for charitable and social organisations including UNHCR and Yooralla.

As part of our Graduate Development Program, a group of Corrs graduates from each state joins the teams at independent, not-for-profit legal referral services such as the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH).

The firm is the principal legal partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia, and we work with many other organisations including Yooralla, The Salvation Army, The Big Issue and Very Special Kids. We have been associated with Oxfam for more than 20 years.

CORRS RECONCILIATION ACTION PLAN

At Corrs we are committed to advancing reconciliation and helping to close the social, economic and health gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian Community.

Our Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 (RAP) launched in November 2014, provides a clear framework for the firm to continue its efforts to do so with renewed focus.

Our RAP outlines the ways in which we seek to enhance relationships, pay our respect to cultures and provide greater access to opportunities, including doing so through:

  • increasing our people’s awareness and understanding of the range of issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures.
  • increasing opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to participate in legal education and careers.
  • increasing our engagement with and support of organisations that support and promote opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

If you have any enquiries about our RAP please call Diversity Council co-chair and partner Annette Hughes on +61 3 9672 3506 or Pro Bono and Community Partner Jeremy King on +61 3 9672 3431, who co-chair our National RAP Steering Committee. Alternatively please email reconciliation@corrs.com.au.

Corrs recognises the value and importance of diversity in the workplace and is strongly committed to creating a high performance and inclusive culture that fosters, supports and celebrates diversity.

Corrs’ Diversity Policy is compliant with ASX Corporate Governance guidelines. Although the firm is not publicly listed, Corrs emulates the requirements of its ASX listed clients. Corrs was the first national law firm in Australia to have made this commitment. 

The Policy has three main objectives aimed at further integrating diversity into the way the firm does business:

  1. To increase gender diversity in senior management and partnership roles
  2. To create flexible career paths for both men and women
  3. To broaden our diversity agenda to focus on other dimensions such as culture and ethnicity, indigenous peoples, age and sexual orientation.

A core goal is to support and retain our female talent and remove barriers to their progression to senior positions, including partnership. Our Diversity Strategy, launched in October 2011 by Elizabeth Broderick, the Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, includes innovative policies, programs and initiatives to drive real change.

We are currently a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality and have been an EOWA Employer of Choice for Women for seven years from 2007-2013. We have also received external recognition for our diversity progress.

The firm enhanced its reconciliation efforts by formally launching an Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan 2014-2016 (RAP) in November 2014. We are a member of Supply Nation and will build upon our strong history of activities and key partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Corrs is a proud member of Pride in Diversity (PID), Australia’s leading organisation designed specifically to improve inclusion and equality of LGBTI employees in the workplace. Our LGBTI@Corrs Network aims to not only support the inclusion of our LGBTI people but also to better engage with the LGBTI community. It is for all Corrs people, whether they identify as LGBTI or are a supporter of inclusion-a friend and ally – everyone is welcome.

Corrs is also a supportive member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (AALA), which promotes Asian cultural diversity in the Australian legal profession.

Corrs Partner and CEO John W.H. Denton AO states that "the firm’s success relies on attracting and retaining talented people - both women and men - with diverse ideas, backgrounds and experiences, and providing a supportive culture that enables them to contribute fully and to thrive. My commitment and the firm’s commitment to diversity, including gender equality, is essential to a healthy firm. It is the essence of a world class law firm."

Our senior leaders on diversity at Corrs
Corrs continues to raise the bar on gender diversity
Corrs Chambers Westgarth was named as one of only 76 Australian organisations to receive this prestigious EOCGE citation.
Corrs' Annette Hughes crowned best Female Partner
The Women in Law Awards recognise leadership and excellence in the legal profession, including the female legal professionals who have challenged, influenced or changed the practice of law in Australia.
Corrs releases ASX compliant diversity policy
Corrs has become the only large national law firm to publish a Diversity Policy compliant with ASX Corporate Governance Guidelines.

Flexibility in the way we work is part of our Diversity agenda. We recognise the needs of our people at different times of their lives and career, regardless of gender or age. Such flexibility is critical to a firm that is connected, agile and responsive.

Our Flexibility@Corrs program supports a range of flexible work arrangements including flexible hours, working part time, working remotely and additional leave.

The firm is committed to mainstreaming flexibility for women and men at Corrs. Our goal is to increase understanding and commitment to flexibility so it becomes standard business practice, embedded into our workplace culture.

Corrs is also participating in the Equilibrium Man Challenge, an online micro-documentary series that follows a group of men who are trying to achieve equilibrium in their lives by adopting flexible work practices. The project aims to position flexibility as an option for everyone and provides a communication forum for people interested in flexible working and workplace gender equality. It will cover the tools and tactics that enable people to achieve greater equilibrium in their lives. The project is sponsored by Mirvac and Telstra, with the support of Corrs and Cisco, as well as Diversity Council Australia. It’s endorsed by the Australian Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency.

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