Life @ Thomson Geer
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 friendly, collegiate and professionally stimulating.
We work hard to enhance this culture through open and authentic communication, and by ensuring we are respectful and accountable to each other every day.
Our partners are approachable and accessible to our staff. Every Thomson Geer partner is committed to a set of principles which exemplify our open and supportive culture day-to-day. These principles are demonstrated by the partners’ support for our open door policy, and in the way they encourage the very best in every staff member of our firm.
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, that make Thomson Geer a great place to work.
Wellbeing, balance and fun
We 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.
A snapshot of some of our benefits:
Community involvement and workplace giving
Thomson Geer is committed to pro bono and corporate social responsibility. We provide pro bono legal services across all our offices and have dedicated senior lawyers who take ownership of the program.
We currently nominate a target value of Pro Bono Work of 10% of all billable income from relevant Commonwealth legal work. We are also investigating subscribing to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s Aspirational Target.
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.
Engaging in pro bono work is rewarding for both our communities and our lawyers. Those who engage in these activities are often exposed to experiences, clients, areas of law, and procedures that are not accessible in their everyday job. Their work in these programs can make a significant difference for clients with a genuine inability to pay, which represents a contribution to a worthwhile cause, while also enhancing the professional and personal development of the volunteer.
Thomson Geer also has a formal workplace giving program. This initiative enables individuals to make fortnightly donations through salary sacrifice to a variety of charities.