Life @ Thomson Geer

Our culture

The law is an incredibly rewarding profession, but we recognise that it can also be demanding. For this reason, we aim to maintain an environment that is flexible, friendly, personable, collegiate and professionally stimulating.  Our partners and other senior lawyers work closely with lawyers at all levels ensuring that our junior lawyers get the support and guidance they need to develop as practitioners and get exposure to challenging work.

We work hard to enhance this culture through transparent and authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day.

Our clients are at the centre of everything we do; so it is not only the openness we demonstrate in our dealings with each other, but also the well-established and trusting relationships we have with our clients, which make Thomson Geer a great place to work.

We also have an active social committee with lots of opportunities to develop close relationships with your colleagues.  Our lawyers and other staff also practice their teamwork outside of the office by participating in various sporting teams.

Wellbeing, balance and fun

We support our lawyers with multiple streams of in-house training and development programs throughout their career as well as opportunities to undertake external study.

We also know that wellbeing has a significant impact on motivation, morale and performance at work.  Our wellbeing@work program supports all our people to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle, encouraging staff to enjoy their time both at work and away from the office.A snapshot of some of our benefits:

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Community involvement and workplace giving

At Thomson Geer, we understand the importance of giving back to our community. This involves helping to ensure that all members of the community have fair access to legal representation/advice. In line with this objective, we actively seek opportunities to provide support for worthwhile causes.

Pro Bono

One of the initiatives our firm is committed to is the provision of pro bono legal advice to marginalised and disadvantaged groups across the States in which we operate. We have an established pro bono program, with dedicated senior lawyers in each of our offices who take ownership of this program.

Some of the clients we have provided pro bono services to recently include (list is not exhaustive):

  • Cancer Council Australia
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Cerebral Palsy League of QLD
  • Maggie Beer Foundation
  • Australian Schools Plus
  • ‘The Big Super Day Out’ (a free Indigenous community event run by the First Nations Foundation)
  • Australasian Stroke Academy
  • Cerebrovascular Disease Foundation Limited
  • Asthma Foundation of South Australia
  • Stronger Brains
  • The Benevolent Society.

The firm also regularly works with a number of structured pro bono referral programs (list is not exhaustive):

  • Justice Connect
  • The NSW Expert Advice Exchange
  • Homeless Persons Legal Service

Of particular note is the pro bono work we do in association with Cancer Council Australia. Thomson Geer provides a free service in assisting terminally-ill cancer patients with their legal needs.

We also support the fantastic work of the St Vincentian House in Sydney. St Vincentian House is an organisation which provides temporary accommodation for homeless people. Each week we visit the house to provide legal advice on a pro bono basis. We advise on various aspects of the law, ranging from tenancy to consumer law issues, criminal law and bankruptcy.

In recent years Thomson Geer has also participated in the FareShare program which provides free meals to the hungry and homeless using donated food from markets, caterers and retailers. Our staff volunteer in the FareShare kitchens sorting, chopping, cutting, mixing and baking food served to those in need.

Community initiatives

We understand that as an Australian business, we are part of the wider Australian community, and it is important to us that we give back wherever we can, and get involved in initiatives that support those in the community that need it most.

Donations

We have made financial contributions to the below organisations in the past year.  Although financial support is not everything, many of the great initiatives these organisations run would not be possible without contributions from businesses such as ours.

  • AEIOU Foundation for children with autism
  • White Ribbon – Australia’s campaign to stop violence against women
  • Bourke Street Fund
  • Baptistcare
  • The Benevolent Society Race for Change
  • Cancer Council
  • Cystic Fibrosis NSW
  • Fight Cancer Foundation
  • The Salvation Army’s Hamper of Hope
  • Leukaemia Foundation
  • The Hospital Research Foundation
  • RSPCA