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
Firms shine in EOWA awards

Firms shine in EOWA awards

FIVE AUSTRALIAN law firms have been recognised by the federal government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) as leaders in implementing policies and practices that…

FIVE AUSTRALIAN law firms have been recognised by the federal government’s Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) as leaders in implementing policies and practices that support women across the organisation.

Allens Arthur Robinson, Blake Dawson Waldron, Henry Davis York, Maddocks, and Sparke Helmore were among 116 organisations to be handed an EOWA accolade, said to be organisations that typically boast women in higher numbers at senior levels, succession plans for women in management, development plans for high achievers, paid maternity leave and high maternity leave retention rates, well as the ability to work part time at all levels.

This is the second consecutive year that Maddocks has won the award. The firm said it has been recognised for creating work cultures that support and advance both women and men at the firm. These have been designed to develop women working at the firm and allow them to reach their full potential professionally. One such policy allows people returning from parental leave to work under flexible work-from-home arrangements for a mutually agreed period.

In terms of numbers, the firm is well represented by women. Of a total 39 partners, nine are women. The firm said that this reflects a proportion well above the legal industry average.

Human resources director Liz Ryan said the firm’s policies and procedures are “good for everybody”, regardless of gender. “Our philosophy is one which respects that people have varied responsibilities and interests outside of work and acknowledges that well-rounded employees bring a more diverse range of skills to their professional roles,” she said.

Top-tier firm Allens Arthur Robinson was also awarded the accolade in 2005, this year citing its [email protected] initiative as leading in part to its success. “The requirements for the awarding of the EOWA [citation] are demanding, but there is no doubt that meeting them benefits out staff, the firm and our clients,” said managing partner and [email protected] committee member Tom Poulton.

The Allens’ initiative includes a network designed to improve communication and career development opportunities for our women in each of the firm’s Australian offices. The mentoring program matched each of the female participants to an internal partner and a person outside the firm who is a leader in their field.

“We will continue to pursue policies and practices that allow women and men the same opportunity to shine in the work environment,” Poulton said.

Henry Davis York director of human resources, Deborah Stonley, said the firm is committed to ensuring its work environment is attractive to both male and female employees.

Managing partner Stephen Purcell said equal opportunity is important in the business, and influences the way it is conducted. “Focusing on flexible work practices, we provide ongoing support for both males and females,” he said.

See Women in Law this week, p22

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

Firms shine in EOWA awards
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 & ...