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 access to legal representation and advice, and seeking opportunities to provide support for worthwhile causes.

Pro Bono

An initiative our firm is committed to is the provision of pro bono legal advise to marginalised and disadvantaged groups across the States in which we operate.

Thomson Geer is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s aspirational target of 35 hours of pro bono legal work per practitioner per year (in fact, our lawyers can spend up to 50 hours per year on approved pro bono matters and receive financial credit for this time). We are constantly looking for ways that we can connect our lawyers with pro bono opportunities that will utilise their skills to make a meaningful contribution to our local communities.

The firm offers pro bono services to many clients aligned with the firm’s priorities and positioning. This includes clients such as (this list is not exhaustive)

  • Get Real Conscious Impact
  • St Vincent’s Hospital
  • Choice Passion Life (formerly Cerebral Palsy League of QLD)
  • The Charlie Teo Foundation
  • Ellavation
  • Lilla Foundation
  • Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
  • Milk Crate Theatre
  • Global Centre for Modern Ageing
  • Australian Stroke Academy
  • Australian Schools Plus
  • HIV/AIDS Legal Centre

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

  • Justice Connect
  • Homeless Persons Legal Service

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