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Many Australian law firms and AusLSA members are about to face the significant task of evaluating and complying with the Australian government's modern slavery legislation. In the UK the only 22 percent of eligible organisations fully comply with the reporting and disclosure requirements under the act. This indicates a significant commitment from organisations will be required to fully understand and comply with requirements. LEARN MORE
Two lawyers from AusLSA Executive Member firm DLA Piper have spoken about their involvement in DLAs pro bono practice. They say exposure to this type of work is key to job satisfaction and that pro bono work improves broader legal skills and encourages lawyers to be leaders for change. There is a huge unmet community need for access to justice, and if you haven't yet thought about undertaking probono work, be sure to read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE.
Eighty eight investors with nearly US$10 trillion in assets are targeting hundreds of companies that are not transparent enough about their environmental impact, and pushing them to disclose this information through CDP, the nonprofit global environmental disclosure platform. Read More
The Law Society of England and Wales has recently released a report which they say is "the largest ever global survey of women in the law". The research in this report found that 91 percent of respondents feel that flexible working is key to achieving diversity however flexible working is also seen as not being culturally acceptable due to office based mindsets. See the article about this report in the Lawyers Weekly HERE, and see the full report HERE.
CDP (previoulsy called the Carbon Disclosure Project) is targeting 707 companies over 46 countries for not disclosing their climate change, water security and deforestation data. This is part of CDP's 2019 Non-Disclosure Campaign, which aims to drive corporate transparency around these issues. Investors are asking for this information to make corporate engagement decisions and the need will continue to increase as community ESG awareness grows. Read the article from Sustainable Business HERE.
In a recent Corporate Counsel Show, Katrina Bullock, General Counsel for Greenpeace Australia emphasised that shareholders have an expectation that business needs to do what is best for the shareholder, no matter what, and that includes looking at the community - the whole package needs to be considered to provide your social licence to operate. She also raised the issue of having an environmental judgement rule in terms of director's duties. Read the article HERE.
BLM has set out its mission to become a paperless firm. The firm embarked on a ‘paper-lite’ approach in 2015, reducing its filing space and encouraging the scanning of all case files and post supported by the introduction of collaboration software to support agile working.The paper-lite approach resulted in a reduction of six million less sheets of paper. The firm will now go one step further with Birmingham becoming paperless. The firm's goal is for half of its lawyers to be working in a paperless way during 2020. READ MORE
AusLSA member firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, has confirmed that women will comprise 35 percent of partners and partner leadership roles by 2023. HSF CEO Mark Rigotti noted that women in partnership increased from 81 to 124 in the five years since the original targets were set and that the firm is making real progress with gender diversity in the partnership.
Read more the Lawyers Weekly article HERE.
AusLSA is proud to be a sponsor for 'The Legal Festival', which is home to four independent conferences: Innovation & Tech, Client Experience & Marketing, Talent & Diversity, and NextGen Lawyers, each with their own hot topics, schedule, speakers and more. Your ticket to The Legal Festival is a ticket to two amazing days of content, networking and knowledge-sharing across all four conferences. Bringing together 500+ legal professionals to celebrate the talent, technology, innovations and ideas that are literally transforming the way law firms and in-house legal teams operate. Click HERE for more information and to register.
In conjunction with AusLSA member firm McCullough Roberston, AusLSA is proud to be a sponsor of 'Year 101' - Women in Law - The next 100 Years.
Following the 2018 milestone of 100 years of women practising law, this event considers at the challenges and opportunities for the next 100 years.
Click HERE to see the brochure. Click HERE to find out more and to register for this event.
$5 from every registration goes to the NSW Women's Legal Service.
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