Global law firm Allens has “renewed its commitment to reconciliation” with the launch of its new RAP, with targets including at least 15 per cent of all pro bono matters to focus on Indigenous persons public interests.
The firm’s new RAP outlines its advocacy for reconciliation, pro bono legal support, creation of employment opportunities, investment in commercial relationships and improved cultural capacity.
It includes a number of new actions and commitments which the firm intends to achieve by 2021, including a commitment for at least 15 per cent of the firm’s pro bono matters to be on behalf of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients or public interest organisations, working on projects related to reconciliation.
In addition, Allens has committed to increasing employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander professionals at the firm.
Firm managing partner Richard Spurio said he was proud to launch this fifth RAP.
“The RAP seeks to identify the areas in which our firm, as a leader in the legal profession, can make the most meaningful contribution towards building reconciliation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” he said.
“For us, that contribution comes through in a number of areas such as our pro bono work, our internship program and our collaboration with other community groups to strengthen relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and build inclusivity and diversity.”
The RAP goes on to emphasise, the firm said, Allens’ “longstanding support” for constitutional recognition through technical legal support and involvement in the recognition movement.
“We believe that our practical legal support for constitutional recognition is one powerful way that our firm can contribute towards achieving lasting reconciliation and closing the gap,” said Allens national RAP partner Ian McGill.