find the latest legal job
Corporate Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Highly-respected, innovative and entrepreneurial Not-for-Profit · Competency based Board
View details
Chief Counsel and Company Secretary
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: Newcastle, Maitland & Hunter NSW
· Dynamic, high growth organisation · ASX listed market leader
View details
In-house Projects Lawyer | Renewables / Solar | 2-5 Years PQE
Category: Generalists - In House | Location: All Australia
· Help design the future · NASDAQ Listed
View details
Insurance Lawyer (3-5 PAE)
Category: Insurance and Superannuation Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Dynamic organisation ·
View details
Legal Counsel
Category: Corporate and Commercial Law | Location: North Sydney NSW 2060
· 18 month fixed term contract · 3-5 years PQE with TMT exposure
View details
Lawyers scale new heights for charity

Lawyers scale new heights for charity

A team of have-a-go heroes from Clayton Utz’s Brisbane office will descend the heights of one of Brisbane’s tallest buildings next month to raise money for Save the Children Australia.

 

The socially-climbing team of lawyers will be among 200 participants to take part in 36 Floors: The Ultimate Urban Abseil down Brisbane’s Gold Tower on 17 and 18 May.

Clutz lawyer Emma Thompson (pictured) said the firm’s team raised almost $18,000 last year and that they are hoping to beat that figure this year.

Fifteen staff members from the firm’s Brisbane office, including Thompson, did the abseil last year, and eight hardy souls have so far signed up for this year’s challenge, “but we’re hoping to increase that number as people become more aware of it within the firm”, said Thompson.

The abseil isn’t the only charity event the Clutz crew have participated in lately; on 24 March, four members of the tax group from the firm’s Melbourne office took part in the annual Melbourne ‘Run for the Kids’ and raised $810 for children’s charity the Lulu Demetriou Fund.

Adrenaline sports fan Thompson said the Clutz team is excitedly planning their fancy dress costumes for the abseil.

“We didn’t dress up last year but we’re very excited to plan our costumes for this year’s abseil ... we’ve had superheroes [suggested] so far but it varies, so I think we’ll have to come to a group consensus nearer to the date,” she told Lawyers Weekly.

In total, last year’s event raised $198,000 for Save the Children’s 13 Queensland programs.

Each entrant is required to raise $1000 to take part, and Thompson said last year the team received a lot of support from within the firm.

“We had the support of a lot of colleagues and even some clients contributed,” she said.

For this year’s fundraising effort, she added: “We’re currently planning a bake sale ... just to raise awareness and get everyone on board.”

Abseiling seems to be the in-thing when it comes to lawyers raising money for charity these days, with two Sydney lawyers, Aaron Allegretto from Herbert Smith Freehills and Ciara White from Corrs Chambers Westgarth, taking part in an abseil down the AMP Building in Sydney in aid of the Sir David Martin Foundation last October.

Although it might be expected that the prospect of leaping off a tall building would fill you with dread, thrill-seeking Thompson is devoid of any nerves.

“I’m just so excited ... I can’t wait for all our costumes to be finalised and for everyone to get into the spirit of it ... I think it’s a very worthy cause and a great day,” she said.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Lawyers scale new heights for charity
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
LCA president Fiona McLeod SC
Aug 17 2017
Where social fault lines meet the justice gap in Aus
After just returning from a tour of the Northern Territory, LCA president Fiona McLeod SC speaks wit...
Marriage equality flag
Aug 17 2017
ALHR backs High Court challenge to marriage equality postal vote
Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) has voiced its support for a constitutional challenge to ...
Give advice
Aug 17 2017
A-G issues advice on judiciary’s public presence
Commonwealth Attorney-General George Brandis QC has offered his advice on the public presence of jud...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...