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Australasian Law Awards

Thursday, 17 June 2021

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

The Australasian Law Awards proudly returns in 2021 to recognise the region’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals, deals and cases over the past year. It’s a true reflection of excellence in the legal profession.

Leading firms, in-house legal teams, and lawyers are encouraged to nominate across 30-plus categories and be recognised for their achievements and outstanding work. Submissions will be reviewed by an esteemed independent judging panel.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner in 2021. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession. Excellence awardees will be announced in Australasian Lawyer and online channels on 20 May. Gold winners will be revealed at the highly anticipated virtual ceremony on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Excellence Awardees will be announced online on the 20th May, while Gold Winners will be announced at a live virtual event on the 17th June. More info to follow.

In 2016, our firm launched new social responsibility initiatives and achieved significant milestones including:

  • We provided 36,055 hours of pro bono advice and assistance in FY2016 – the note from the 9th Annual Performance Report on the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target reads: 1. Figures throughout the report exclude the significant pro bono contribution of Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian, except the number of Target signatories and the number of FTE lawyers covered by the Target. This is due to the significant distorting effect of these numbers in other calculations.
  • By December 2016, our firm had acted or assisted in over 17,700 humanitarian cases for free.
  • Grew to 15 offices and Advice Bureaus between Sydney and Brisbane, plus a free national telephone advice service.
  • Our Humanitarian firm, Salvos Legal Humanitarian, partnered with MDA Ltd to open a new Asylum Seeker Clinic (ASC) in Queensland to assist people who arrived by boat and are seeking asylum through the Legacy Caseload visa application process. The ASC provides people with a fair opportunity to present their claims for protection in circumstances where legal assistance is extremely limited.  In its first four months, the ASC completed approximately 150 appointments, equating to 1497 hours of pro bono assistance.
  • We became signatories to United Nations Global Compact, the largest corporate responsibility initiative in the world. 
  • We were certified as a B Corporation, an international certification for enterprises that meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
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