Community.

Community Footprint

Wotton + Kearney is committed to making a difference in people’s lives through its pro bono and responsible business program – Community Footprint.

Our Community Footprint program was established in January 2012 and is led by W+K Partner Heidi Nash-Smith who has been recognised with the Lawyers Weekly Pro Bono Partner of the Year Award for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019.

We have formed long-term partnerships with community legal centres and charities across Australia and New Zealand and beyond, to make sure that our work is targeted to addreswsing greatest needs and driving positive change in society.

Our key aim is to address inequalities in our communities, with a focus on UN Sustainable Development Goals, with a particular focus on Gender Equaliy, Reduced Inequalities, Climate Action, Peace, Justice and Strong institutions.

       

       

2019/2020 highlights

95

lawyers and paralegals doing pro bono

221

community hours contributed by non-legal staff

10

pro bono clinics

2

pro bono secondments

$45,495

raised for all charity partners including major charity partner the Black Dog Institute

3300+ hours
Community Activity
Pro bono Legal Matters

“We are profoundly grateful to Wotton + Kearney for your contribution and outstanding work… We look forward to continuing to work with you to help more people similarly placed, to hone the strategy where necessary, and to ensure that people approved for transfer are brought here swiftly.

DAVID MANNE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BIANCA DETOMA, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR REFUGEE LEGAL

“Thanks to both teams [in the #14DaysYourWay Challenge], Black Dog Institute will be able to continue to develop practical evidence-based resources that provide individuals, workplaces, schools, and health professionals with the tools they need to cope in the face of uncertainty. The team at Black Dog have been so impressed by how engaged and supportive the DUAL and W+K participants have been in the challenge.”

CAITLIN BLOOR, COMMUNITY FUNDRAISING OFFICER – BLACK DOG INSTITUTE

“Thank you so much for your generous donations for Launch Housing Southbank. These donations support vulnerable people in your community who are experiencing homelessness…and makes a huge difference to the lives of the people we work with.”

ANDREW KOEHRER, COORDINATOR OF OPERATIONS LAUNCH HOUSING SOUTHBANK

“Thank you for the contribution you have made to us throughout the year. As a community based, privately run facility, we rely on the generosity and commitment from those who are as concerned as we are for the disadvantaged women are part of our community. We are very grateful for your donations and on site cooking each month. Thank you for your wonderful support.”

CAROL BERG, THE MARMALADE FOUNDATION WHICH FUNDS AND OPERATES LOU’S PLACE

Our 2020 Community Footprint Report

You can read our detailed report on W+K’s Pro Bono and Community activities for the 2019/2020 financial year here.

> Download our report

BDI

Introducing our 2020/21 Charity Partner, Black Dog Institute

W+K has partnered with Black Dog Institute to help reignite a dialogue around mental health and build meaningful and lasting fundraising impact and engagement.

> Learn more about BDI

Contact us

Community Footprint is led by Heidi Nash-Smith. For general inquiries contact Sara Villanueva or Angela Tan at sara.villanueva@wottonkearney.com.au.

Contact Leanne Ho for partnership opportunities, including student internships and community legal education in schools.