MinterEllison is proud of our commitment to the community. Staying connected and giving back is part of who we are as people and as a firm. We are clear that everyone at the firm has a role to play. Pro bono legal work, student mentoring, workplace giving and voluntary board service – bring together our diverse skills under the umbrella of ‘community partnerships’. Our community partners have valued our long-term commitment to breaking cycles of disadvantage for young people and those on the margins of society. As we look to the future, we are determined to maximise engagement with our people, our clients and our community partners to maximise our social impact.
Top row right: Anton Hermann Director, Pro Bono & Community Investment (Pictured with students from Sunshine North Primary School at their graduation of the SPARK literacy program)
Our people in the community
Adara Partners Richard Batten (Partner), Henry Wong (Senior Associate) and Tim Sutton from our Financial Institutions Group were recognised for helping Adara to modify its AFS License to enable Adara Partners to launch its unique and innovative business for purpose.
Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout Michael Brennan (Managing Partner, Canberra): “We do a lot of pro bono work to support causes that help to combat homelessness. Taking part in the sleepout is an important reminder of the difficulties many people face every night.”
Jennifer Barton Memorial Scholarship Partner James Beaton, with Paul Barton and Tracy Chan, the 2016 recipient of the Jennifer Barton Memorial Scholarship at Macquarie University Law School.
Pro Bono Keith Rovers (Pro Bono Partner) and Anton Hermann (Director, Pro Bono & Community Investment) thank senior associate Emily Hawcroft for three years of dedicated service as the Sydney office pro bono coordinator.
QPILCH Associate Bernadette Saliba and lawyers Jessica Woodhouse, Lucinda Brabazon and Jessica Mansell at the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH) Homeless Connect event at Eagle Farm, Brisbane.
Adara Partners MinterEllison hosted a ‘Friends of Adara’ evening in Sydney with guest speakers Audette Exel (Founder) and Angjuk Lama (Adara’s Humla Program Manager) who outlined the unique ‘business for purpose’ model behind Adara Partners.
Aspirations Students at Sunshine North Primary School, Brisbane, celebrate the completion of the literacy program with their certificates. A memorable comment from one students: “I loved reading with you. I hope I will see you again one day.”
Community Partners and IP Katherine U (Partner, Hong Kong) at the Fresh Fish Traders’ School in Hong Kong with the winners of our annual Chinese New Year card design competition. The winning design features on the traditional card sent to all clients to celebrate the new year.
The Big Issue Jeremy Blackshaw (Managing Partner, Melbourne) and friend, selling copies of The Big Issue during International Vendor Week, a global effort to raise awareness of people around the world who are striving to earn an income and improve their lives.