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Corrs Chambers Westgarth is Australia’s leading independent law firm, recognised for our innovation, quality advice and client-driven approach.
Corrs was voted as the number one law firm in both Australia and the APAC in the 2016 Legal 500 Client Intelligence Report, with the in-house legal community scoring the firm highly across all three of the key performance indicators, including client relationship skills, technical legal ability, and project management.
We invest an incredible amount of time and resources into listening to our clients, studying their businesses, understanding the challenges they face, and helping them see around corners. We go beyond the traditional expectations of a law firm to ensure that we are offering our clients not just first class legal advice, but a partnership and commitment to helping them achieve success – both on a national and global scale.
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 CEO, Gavin MacLaren and Chairman, Stephen Price.
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 Justice Connect.
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.
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 2018-2020 (RAP) is our second RAP and was launched in July 2018. It provides a clear roadmap for the firm to continue its reconciliation support efforts, including bold new goals and progression of existing activities.
The plan seeks to:
If you have any enquiries about our RAP please call partner David Yates, chair of our national RAP Steering Committee on +61 8 9460 1806.
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.