We have a long and proud history of helping those in need.
Our people are committed, and actively encouraged, to support disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups, charities and not-for-profit organisations through pro bono legal work, volunteering and workplace giving, all of which form part of our dedicated Pro Bono and Community program.
We are the principal legal partner for the United Nations Refugee Agency in Australia, and other organisations we work with and support as part of our Pro Bono & Community program include Hagar Australia, Justice Connect, The Salvation Army, The Big Issue, Very Special Kids, Oxfam and more.
In the last year alone, our people have performed more than 28,000 hours of pro bono and volunteer work for those who need it most.
In March 2018, we published our inaugural Financial Inclusion Action Plan (FIAP).
Developed to improve financial inclusion, the FIAP program helps to ensure the millions of Australians suffering financial hardship and exclusion receive relief, and are able to navigate their way to full engagement in the social and economic life of their communities.
We’re proud to be one of only 30 organisations — and one of only two law firms — to have a FIAP in place.
Legal Pro Bono
Case Study – Aboriginal Flag copyright deal with Commonwealth
Corrs had the great privilege of working with Aboriginal man and distinguished artist, Harold Thomas, the creator of the Australian Aboriginal Flag, on the deal to assign copyright in the Flag to the Commonwealth.
The Corrs team acted pro bono, led by the Intellectual Property team and supported by experts across our Tax, Corporate and Projects practices. The deal, announced by the Prime Minister on 25 January 2022, means the Commonwealth now owns copyright in the Australian Aboriginal Flag. Corrs also worked with Mr Thomas to mint a non-fungible token (NFT) of the work. Mr Thomas will retain the NFT and his moral rights in the Flag.
Corrs continues to work with Mr Thomas to create a not-for-profit with AU$2 million of the consideration, directed at indigenous health causes, as announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Partnerships, Sponsorships and Recognition
We regularly partner with, sponsor or support the below organisations as part of our Pro Bono and Community program:
- Homeless Persons’ Legal Service
- Women’s Justice Network
- MDA Legal Clinic
- Justice Connect
- Public Interest Advocacy Centre
- Law Right Inc.
- Hagar Australia
- Oxfam Australia
- The Big Issue (Australia)
- Australian Pro Bono Centre
- Life Without Barriers
- Teach for Australia
- Aboriginal Legal Service of WA
- Kids Under Cover