Our Community Impact

Our purpose is to make a difference for our clients, each other and our communities. To achieve our purpose, we deliver a range of corporate social responsibility initiatives, across the areas of pro bono work, financial grants and the environment.

Here’s a snapshot of what we achieved in 2019.

9,113 pro bono hours in FY19

30.57 pro bono hours per full time lawyer

34.26 hours per full time lawyer in Melbourne

$125,000 granted to seven organisations through The Maddocks Foundation

$19,000 in grants to 12 organisations through our Small Grants Program

Raised more than $33,000 to three organisations through our staff-managed Melbourne café, Barcode

2019 highlight: Pro bono win in cultural heritage management plan matter

Two of our team acted for the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation to assist in its refusal of a cultural heritage management plan (CHMP).

The site concerned was to be used for quarrying, but the CHMP failed to provide protections for the cultural artifacts and significant heritage of the site.

Two weeks before the hearing, Maddocks partner Kate Oliver and senior associate Kristen Richardson managed to settle the landmark matter which, if it had proceeded, would have been the first time the refusal of a CHMP was subject to a hearing.

2019 highlight: Pro bono win for new charity

Two of our lawyers advised Ability Homes Australia on its registration as a charity.

Ability Homes Australia is a dedicated Supported Disability Accommodation provider, with a focus on sourcing, designing and implementing quality homes for people with disabilities.

In an email to their patrons and members, the charity thanked consultant Miriam McDonald and senior associate Julia Tonkin for their tireless effort and continuous support.

The Maddocks Foundation

The Maddocks Foundation supports community projects and programs by providing annual grants to charitable organisations across Australia. We award grants in June each year, aligned to the following areas:

  • Medical research, health and wellbeing
  • Welfare and human rights
  • Environment and energy
  • Family and local communities

Each year, the Foundation grants $125,000. This year, we were proud to support the following organisations:

  • Canberra Community Law
  • Western Chances
  • Good Samaritan Inn
  • Little Dreamers Australia
  • Water Well Project
  • Women’s Community Shelters
  • Giant Steps Melbourne

Small Grants Program

This program provides financial grants to support projects and initiatives that our people are involved in.

In FY19, the Small Grants Program provided almost $19,000 to 12 organisations:

  • Altona Pirates
  • Dementia Australia
  • Haymarket
  • HeadsUp Kippax
  • Launch Housing
  • Movember Foundation
  • Peninsula Voice
  • St Kilda Mums
  • Sweet Shepherd Rescue Australia
  • Indigenous Marathon Foundation
  • Wheels in Motion
  • Friends of Wairoa Foundation

Maddocks Board Scholarship

The Maddocks Board Scholarship awards our people with the opportunity to pursue a community or charity project anywhere in the world. The scholarship includes two weeks’ paid leave and covers reasonable costs of participation.

This year, the Maddocks Board Scholarship was awarded to lawyer Isabella Pieri and digital communications consultant Lucy Fitzhenry.

Isabella spent two weeks volunteering with Step-Up in Oxford, England, a community initiative to provide free community ramps to retail shops and hospitality venues.

Read Isabella’s story here.

Lucy volunteered with Life Support for Change in rural Tanzania, an organisation that supports the most vulnerable women and children in these local communities.

Read more about Lucy’s experience here.

Caring through coffee

Barcode is a staff-managed café in our Melbourne office. As well as being a focal point for staff and clients looking for good coffee, Barcode donates all profits to community organisations.

This year’s recipients of more than $33,000 were Edgar’s Mission, Very Special Kids and Ladder.

Barcode cafe charity donation

Our environmental impact

During FY19, we continued our journey to help our people and the organisation incorporate more environmentally friendly practices.

Initiatives this year have included:

  • Optimising the use of natural resources in our operations, to reduce carbon emissions through efficiency, reuse and waste reduction
  • A focus on sustainability in our procurement of supplies and services
  • Campaigning to raise sustainable thinking and awareness in our people, clients and communities.

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