Global law firm network Meritas has announced it has become a national sponsor of Chartered Secretaries Australia (CSA).
The announcement was made the national conference of Meritas's New Zealand and Australia firms, hosted last weekend at the offices of Swaab Attorneys.
Meritas's new national chairman Mitch Artus explained that the CSA was viewed as an ideal candidate for sponsorship because of the role it plays in promotion and maintaining high standards of corporate governance.
"We fully support the important role that Chartered Secretaries Australia plays as the leading advocate of best practice in governance and administration," he said.
Meritas is a global network involving more than 170 firms in 60 countries, representing more than 6500 lawyers.
The organisation, which has now been in existence for nearly 20 years, was originally developed as a client referral network, but Artus explained that this role is set to expand, and will include the sharing of other information and resources, sponsorship and business development.
"Unlike other law firms, we're not competing for clients. Instead we're sharing opportunities with carefully selected colleagues in other jurisdictions, knowing we can trust the quality of their work," he said.
Firms in the Meritas Australia and New Zealand regional network are Madgwicks (Melbourne), Swaab Attorneys (Sydney), Downings Lawyers (Perth), Snedden Hall & Gallop (Canberra), Rudkin Hitchcock Lawyers (Gold Coast), MacDonnells Law (Queensland) and Martelli McKegg Wells & Cormack (Auckland).