Our Community

We know we’re fortunate for many reasons. An important part of working at Corrs is recognising that with privilege comes the responsibility of giving something back to the community. Our Giving Back program provides a range of activities and commitments from the firm that promote social responsibility and connect the skills of our people with those who may not otherwise access to legal services.

Our Giving Back program includes:

PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICE

Corrs provides legal services for charitable and not-for-profit organisations and individuals in particular circumstances.

SECONDMENTS

In 2008 Corrs introduced pro bono as a rotation in our graduate program. During each rotation, one graduate from each state joins the team of an independent, not-for-profit legal referral service, providing them with an ongoing and reliable resource without dipping into their limited funds. Organisations include the Public Interest Law Clearing House (PILCH).

WORKPLACE GIVING

Corrs’ Workplace Giving program allows our staff to make charitable donations to help charities raise much needed funds. Donations are made by staff monthly from their pre-tax pay.

Corrs’ staff support 11 charities, providing the opportunity to pool our efforts and make a real difference to a few organisations rather than a small contribution to many.

Australian Conservation Foundation

Australia for UNHCR

Cure Cancer Australia foundation

Kids Help Line

Habitat for Humanity

Oxfam Community Aid Abroad

Retina Australia

RSPCA

St Vincent De Paul Society

The Inspire Foundation

The Salvation Army

These charities represent a range of different groups and a wide variety of causes. They also reflect the interests and concerns of staff, for whom this activity is an important part of their working life.

Corrs Way

Giving back highlights

  • Grant Hattam Fun Run

    Grant Hattam Fun Run

    Each year Corrs' Melbourne Office hold the annual Grant Hattam Fun Run. The Fun Run is a traditional event held in memory of Grant Hattam, a long-standing partner of the firm who died of cancer in 1998.

    Participants in the fun run are entered in teams, with each of Corrs' practice groups and business services teams represented. Prizes are awarded on the night for outstanding performances.

    Grant's daughter, Amy Hattam, presents the winning team with their trophy and the funds raised are donated to charity.

  • Walk for Justice

    Walk for Justice

    This year, Corrs employees participated in the annual QPILCH Walk for Justice.

    Corrs employees took part in the walk in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Over 550 people took part in the event and raised $11,000, exceeding QPILCH’s target.

    The money raised went to the QPILCH Disbursement fund which is a source of direct and practical help to disadvantaged people seeking access to justice. 

  • St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

    St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

    Corrs is an avid supporter of the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal.

    Each year all Corrs offices participate in a drive to raise money for St Vincent de Paul as well as collecting tangible goods to donate.

    Each office also hosts a “soup kitchen” style lunch with people contributing gold coin donations to attend. 

  • Teaming up with our clients when Giving Back

    Teaming up with our clients when Giving Back

    Friday 17th June clients from Laing O’Rourke, Trio Investment Partners, Morgan Stanley and AMP helped partners John Denton, Robert Regan, and Michael Chaaya celebrate 60 years of international protection and assistance for refugees at the annual Australia for UNHCR World Refugee Day Breakfast in Sydney. The event raised awareness of current initiatives and much needed funds for UNHCR’s community projects in the Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda.

    The resounding theme of the event was “one refugee is too many”. Addressing different aspects of this topic were guest speakers Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, Colonial First State Regional Managing Director Joanna Davison, and former refugee Gode Migerano. UNHCR National Director Naomi Steer and UNHCR Special Representative for Australia Jane Turner took the opportunity to launch the “Here and There” initiative, which aims to connect school children in Nakivale to Australian students via Skype.

  • Teach For Australia

    Teach For Australia

    A team of Corrs men and women recently ditched their office chairs for the footy pitch, to compete in the inaugural Teach for Australia “Suit-Up Footy” day in Melbourne, playing modified AFL in their suits!

    The day was organised to help raise awareness about Teach for Australia – a new program that helps students in Australian schools at the same time as providing leadership and career development for outstanding graduates from all degree disciplines.

    The “Suit-Up Footy” day saw a range of Teach for Australia supporters compete for the coveted Blue Dot Trophy, eventually taken home by the Corrs team.  

  • Multiple Sclerosis Society's 24 Hour Mega Swim

    Multiple Sclerosis Society's 24 Hour Mega Swim

    Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disease of the central nervous system and affects over 20,000 Australians. The average age of diagnosis of MS is 30, and MS affects three times as many women as men.

    Fifteen participants from Corrs’ raced a 24 hour swimming relay at the Sydney Olympic pool, to raise money for the MS Australia Society. In doing so, they continued a longstanding Corrs tradition of fundraising for this great cause – including four years in a row of the Sydney MS Megaswim.

    Participants took turns to swim up and down the Olympic Pool for 24 hours straight.

  • SchoolAid and UNHCR

    SchoolAid and UNHCR

    Corrs recently hosted the launch of “The Kids’ Desk Drive“, a joint project between SchoolAid and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

    SchoolAid is a student-led philanthropic organisation that seeks to empower Australian children to help less fortunate children around the world.

    The project aims to encourage Australian school children to raise money for school desks in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC.

    Mark Schwarzer, the Socceroos goalkeeper, was a guest at the launch. Mark is a special representative for the UNHCR Australia and talked about his experiences visiting refugee camps on the border of Thailand and Burma. 

  • Corrs giving back to the community

    Corrs giving back to the community

    The Corrs Brisbane office had donated 22 working PCs to Milpera State High School in Queensland. This school is the major high school for refugees in Brisbane. The school suffered extensive flood damage in the January 2011 floods and the computers which Corrs had previously donated to the school in November 2009 and February 2010 were destroyed. To help the school get back on its feet again, Corrs donated a further 21 computers to the school. The computers are set up for the students in a research room.

    The Corrs Brisbane office also provides pro bono support to the Refugee Civil Law Clinic.

  • Spring Clean for a Corrs

    Spring Clean for a Corrs

    In September 2010 Corrs held Spring Clean for a Corrs to support the charitable organisation, Fitted for Work. Corrs donated more than 30 boxes of office wear, handbags and shoes! Fitted for Work is an Australian based organisation committed to helping long term unemployed and disadvantaged women find work, maintain employment and achieve financial independence. Fitted for Work connects women with work by offering business clothing, presentation and interview skills as well as building self esteem.

    Spring Clean for Corrs involved the women at Corrs tackling their wardrobes to find suits, shirts, skirts, shoes and handbags that they no longer used and could pass on to this worthy cause.

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