As a proud WA firm, we are committed to playing an active role in the community within which we operate. Our staff are involved in a variety of initiatives including pro bono legal work, charitable contributions and fundraising efforts coordinated by our Community Committee.
We strive for community engagement by conducting our business in a way that is consistent with our firm values of honesty, ethics, mutual respect and teamwork. Our staff are committed to giving their time, energy and skills to help those in the community.
Take a look at our CSR Review to see the exciting things that we have been up to.
One of our core values is our commitment to community sponsorship, which includes supporting charitable groups and specific community programmes.
We have a dedicated staff Community Committee responsible for managing the firm’s community work including fund raising, volunteering activities and developing ongoing relationships with community partners.
We give high importance to supporting underprivileged groups within our community and embrace activities that are valued by our staff. On average we sponsor, fund raise or volunteer for around 24 charities per year.
As a regular initiative, our staff assist with Red Cross Soup Patrols in the Perth CBD twice a month and arrange regular blood donations for the Red Cross.
Community engagement has been an important part of Jackson McDonald’s work for over 90 year. One aspect of this is our Pro Bono Programme, which provides our lawyers a way to use their specialist skills to assist those who may otherwise not be able to afford legal advice or representation.
Since 2009 Jackson McDonald has provided more than 12,000 hours of legal assistance at no- or little-cost to Western Australian charities, education and law reform bodies, and individuals or organisations whose matters concern a wider issue of public interest.
In 2013 Jackson McDonald became a signatory to the Australian Pro Bono Centre’s National Aspirational Target, aiming to provide 35hours of pro bono legal services per lawyer per year, equating to a total of approximately 3,800 hours per year.
We have supported a wide range of organisations since the establishment of our Programme, including:
- Be Kids Australia
- Breast Cancer Centre of WA
- Princess Margaret Children’s Hospital Foundation
- The Royal Society for Preventing Cruelty to Animals
- Shelter WA
- The Esperance Medical Centre
- Fair Game
- The Dreamtime Project
- Street Law
Each of our practice groups participate in our Pro Bono Programme, so we can provide pro bono advice on a wide range of matters, including those relating to: workplace relations; health and aged care, litigation, environment, indigenous trusts and organisations, not for profit organisations and social enterprises, occupational health and safety and deductible gift recipient status.
If you need pro bono assistance, or would like to learn more about our Pro Bono Programme, please contact our Pro-Bono Co-ordinator, Kylie Wilkie, on +61 8 9426 6712.
We are committed to playing our part in reducing the carbon footprint.
We are a founding member of AusLSA – the Australian Legal Sector Alliance, of which our Chairman is also a director. This is an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector.
We believe it is our responsibility to take practical and effective measures to protect the environment and strive for sustainable practices in our everyday working lives.
Jackson McDonald has a long and proud history working with and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities. We have played an instrumental role in establishing the Forum for Directors of Indigenous Organisations as well as partnering with the Aboriginal Business Directory WA. We have an ongoing pro-bono programme which we offer to Aboriginal organisations across the State.
Our inaugural Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) for 2017 – 2019 provides a framework to formalise and recognise Jackson McDonald’s existing efforts towards reconciliation, and to encourage our firm to achieve new and better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities.
Our RAP vision is:
“To focus and expand our existing reconciliation efforts across Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and to gain a better understanding of the meaningful role we can play in reconciliation in Western Australia."
Jackson McDonald’s RAP has been developed by our RAP Working Group with the support and leadership of our RAP Champions Adam Levin (Partner) and Emma Chinnery (Special Counsel). Adam and Emma head Jackson McDonald’s Indigenous practice group. Our Indigenous practice focuses on working closely with and providing ongoing legal support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations and communities throughout Australia.
To find out more, please click here to access a copy of our RAP.