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
Staff wellbeing on firm’s agenda

Staff wellbeing on firm’s agenda

Holding Redlich has introduced three policies that aim to support lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds.

The new policies have been developed to promote staff wellbeing at the firm. They include a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Support Policy, a Domestic Violence Support Policy and a Multi-faith Support Policy.

Speaking with Lawyers Weekly, Holding Redlich senior partner and chair of the firm’s National Diversity Committee, Andrea Tsalamandris (pictured below), said the policies were an extension of the firm’s “longstanding commitment to embrace diversity”.

Words and actions

The policies are not just empty slogans destined for the firm’s intranet, according to Tsalamandris, who said she intends to brief all newly-appointed senior associates and partners about the role they are expected to play in putting the policies into action. 

She added that the Domestic Violence Support Policy will offer real support should an employee become the victim of domestic violence.

National managing partner Chris Lovell (pictured right) said that while domestic violence is a sensitive and private issue, “if an employee seeks assistance from the firm, we will support them.

“We have appointed a contact officer in each of our offices to do just that,” he told Lawyers Weekly.

Tsalamandris said the LGBTI policy is a public statement by the firm that they support employees regardless of their sexual preference.

The Multi-faith Support Policy outlines the firm’s intention to provide facilities, and allow their employees time, to observe their respective faiths.

Tsalamandris said this policy arose from a request they had last year from a staff member who was fasting during Ramadan.

“Because he was fasting each day, he found he was really struggling by the end of each week. The request was that we offer some flexibility to him during work time,” she added.

Going above and beyond

These policies are among a number of initiatives undertaken by Holding Redlich to promote diversity and wellbeing.

“No firm can afford to rest on its laurels and we thought it was important to add policies that are of importance and assistance to people from diverse backgrounds,” said Tsalamandris.

The firm has a strong record of inclusion. Women are well-represented at senior levels – 30 per cent of partners are females and three out of six national practice leaders are women.

The firm also has parental leave policies and is recognised as an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency.

“We have already got the runs on the board in relation to gender,” said Tsalamandris.

Sydney managing partner Ian Robertson said the firm was also in the process of becoming a signatory to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation’s Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession.

“These are world-class guidelines on a very important issue and will add to the initiatives already on offer to our employees.”

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

Staff wellbeing on firm’s agenda
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...
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'...
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...
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 & ...