Community Engagement

McInnes Wilson Lawyers is committed to making meaningful contributions in the community. Our lawyers offer an extensive range of pro bono legal advice to a number of organisations and individuals who may not otherwise be able to afford premier legal assistance.

PRO BONO WORK

McInnes Wilson Lawyers Corporate Social Responsibility Program is aimed at providing free legal assistance to people who are disadvantaged or marginalised and to the not-for-profit sector. The program is designed to demonstrate the firms commitment to the community as well as our commitment to meeting the National Pro Bono Aspirational Target.  We have set this goal as we believe it is a lawyer's professional responsibility to enhance access to justice for those who would otherwise not have access to legal assistance. The firm has a strong pro bono culture which is supported by all levels of management. We believe our pro bono program helps build stronger connections with our community. 

The firm provides assistance to specific organisations such as Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House - Self Representation Service Clinic. Our involvement with Self Representation Service is one way that this commitment is demonstrated. This Service aims to assist those who are self-represented in civil matters in the Supreme, District and Federal Courts. This also extends to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

In addition, the firm offers legal services to assist a number of community organisations and not-for-profit organisations. 

BRAIN INJURY FOUNDATION

“The moral test of society is how that society treats those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped”

The Brain Injury Foundation endeavours to provide assistance and support to individuals with an acquired brain injury and their families.

Acquired brain injury is a complex and individual disability. The brain can be damaged as a result of an accident, a stroke, alcohol or drug abuse, tumours, poisoning, infection and disease, near drowning, hemorrhage, AIDS, and a number of other disorders such as Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Alzheimer's disease.

The Brain Injury Foundation was established to support individuals suffering from an acquired brain injury and to assist their families in making life a little easier.

Corporate Sustainability

McInnes Wilson Lawyers is passionate about making a positive difference to the environment.  In supporting this passion and commitment, the firm has developed a sustainability action plan which aims to guide and support the firm’s sustainability agenda. The firm’s sustainability action plan is closely aligned to our core business strategy and provides a framework for understanding and managing environmental impacts.  Our sustainability action plan has been developed to reduce the firm's impact on the environment.

In supporting this passion and commitment, the firm has developed a sustainability action plan which aims to guide and support the firm’s sustainability agenda. The firm’s sustainability action plan is closely aligned to our core business strategy and provides a framework for understanding and managing environmental impacts. The following initiatives and programs have been executed: 

  • Sensor lighting and technology to reduce our energy consumption
  • Server virtualisation technology
  • Teleconference equipment to reduce the need for travel
  • Weekly collection and recycling of paper, cans, plastics, steel and aluminium
  • ‘Earth friendly’ cleaning products and consumable goods
  • Recycling of toner cartridges and electronic waste
  • Recycled paper or sustainably sourced paper
  • Electronic filing and automated work flow systems

McInnes Wilson Lawyers will continue to measure, monitor and regularly review our sustainability initiatives in order to report on environmental performance. This will ensure we continue to achieve our primary goal of reducing carbon emissions. 

We are proud to be a member of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA), an industry led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices across the legal sector. 

Charitable Giving

Our mission is to give back to the communities in which we live by helping others on their path to better health through impactful community engagement and support. McInnes Wilson Lawyers is committed to supporting the community and encouraging all of our staff to get behind events and organisations that share this mission.

The charity policy aims to build value in the community through two key initiatives:

  1. Community Partnerships – the firm has an ongoing partnership with three non-for-profit organisations through sponsorship, volunteerism and donations.
  2. Workplace Giving – the firm encourages staff to make a weekly donation as part of its casual dress Fridays. Each Friday a different charity benefits from the funds raised, providing a means for staff to support worthwhile causes.