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AusLSA Bulletin
January-April 2019


Welcome to the Australian Legal Sector's Bulletin

The Australian Legal Sector Bulletin keeps you up to date with a collection of the most interesting articles, tools and events from AusLSA, fellow members, legal industry leaders and sustainability leaders.

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AusLSA a sponsor to 'The Legal Festival' 

AusLSA  is proud to be a sponsor of '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.

Special rates apply for AusLSA members. Contact Richard or Kelvin to get your discount code.

Click HERE for more information and to register.

After Year 100 - the future aspirations and realities of women in law

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.

AusLSA member firms notable names on Linkedin top companies list

Congratulations to AusLSA  member firms Minter Ellison, Herbert Smith Freehills and Allens who have been ranked 21st, 23rd and 25th, respectively on the Linkedin Top Companies list. All of these firms cited that success includes communication and listening to staff about the things that are the most important to them.

Be sure to take a look at the 2018 AusLSA member report for these firms and see their initiatives in more detail.

Also see a press release from Minter Ellison about their ranking HERE.

UK establishes inter-firm diversity network

Noticed, is the first inter-firm diversity network in the UK and has recently released a report which includes their top five recommendations which enable firms to continue to show their support for multiculturalism and diversity recruitment.

The UK arm of AusLSA member firm, Herbert Smith Freehills has been heavily involved with the production of the report, however members of NOTICED include many AusLSA international firms.

See the announcement on the NOTICED website HERE, and read the report HERE.

DLA Piper - Focus on access to justice for refugees and migrants

A team of lawyers from AusLSA member firm, DLA Piper, have delivered the first "Know Your Rights Legal Empowerment Program" in Australia.

This program is part of DLA Piper's global pro bono practice and empowers young refugees and migrants to stand up for their rights, and provides them with guidance on how to find legal help.

DLA Piper's program supports participants develop their legal knowledge. 

See the DLA Piper press release HERE.

Clayton Utz warns that directors cannot ignore climate change risks

A recent article from AusLSA member firm Clayton Utz examines issues where boards cannot ignore climate change risks in corporate decision making.

Under the current legislation, directors could be found liable for breaching their duty of care, according to comments from ASIC, APRA and the RBA. 

Read the report HERE, and be sure to consider if the AusLSA EMS program is right for your firm

AusLSA member firms support Uluru Statement from the Heart 

Eighteen firms, predominately AusLSA members, have issued a joint public response to support the 2017 Uluru Statement from the Heart.

This statement is a major step forward to achieving reconciliation through Constitutional reform, a task at which law firms can play a driving and key role.

See the full Lawyers Weekly article HERE.

See how Nestlé creates shared value 
Nestlé has released its Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2018 Progress report, which provides an update against a set of publicly undertaken commitments towards 2020. 

Nestlé believe that business results and positive societal impact should be mutually reinforcing. To be successful in the long term, value must be created for both shareholders and society.

A great report with good examples of integration to the SDGs. Read it HERE.

CSR is the expectation

In a view from Lexis/Nexis, a recent analysis by Nielsen showed that nearly half of US consumers would change brands to reduce their own environmental impact.

They are also less likely to do business with companies that are perceived as irresponsible.

Read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE and reconsider the implementation of the CSR program at your firm.

and more about CSR is the expectation...

The concept of CSR has changed over the past years, however the underlying concept of Shared Value and strategies that embrace social consciousness can drive growth and revenue.

Consumers make decisions on where to buy and how to shop, and often these decisions are based on the social perceptions of a company. 

Take a look at the top five trends of the last five years HERE, an article from Sustainable Brands.

Ashurst embrace parental support program

Congratulations to AusLSA member firm Ashurst, for the development of a platform available to all staff who are considering starting a family, preparing for a new addition or returning from parental leave.

Ashurst have partnered with 'Circle in', a dedicated working parent support organisation and will be the first firm to take the program platform to a global scale.

Read the Lawyers Weekly article HERE.

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