Watts McCray in the Community

Giving Back

Watts McCray in the Community

Whether it is the provision of free legal advice services to clients in need, raising funds for various charities, volunteering in our local community or coaching community sporting teams, we recognise the importance of giving back to our community and there are many ways that Watts McCray – as an organisation and our individual staff members are helping to support, and give back to our local communities (see below).

 

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The provision of free family law advice at Redfern Community Legal, involving the weekly attendance of solicitors from our office at Redfern Community Legal Centre, a partnership that Watts McCray has supported for over eight years.

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The provision of  free family law advice services (telephone and in person) for clients of the Women’s Legal Centre of the ACT, provided by staff in our Canberra office.

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Fadiya Ali was appointed to the Board of Interrelate as the Family Law Attaché on 4 June 2018.  Interrelate provides a range of quality services, relevant to community needs, that aim to empower people to live and relate more effectively. Interrelate’s programs and services empower families to build and navigate strong, resilient and healthy relationships, from primary school through to adulthood.

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The provision of free family law advice services through the ACT Law Society’s ‘Legal Advice Bureau’, provided by staff in our Canberra office.

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Mentoring of law graduates and junior solicitors, including through professional mentoring programs run through the Law Societies of NSW and ACT as well as through the Women in Law Organisation, providing mentorship to Australian National University and Canberra University law students.

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Michelle Meares (from our Erina office) is participating in the Opportunity Collective- an initiative working to provide ongoing mentoring and support services to help women in Regional areas achieve leadership positions, enjoy a successful career and equal pay for senior positions, which will improve the economic development for women in Regional Areas of Australia.

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The provision of regular seminars and workshops to local High School students completing the Family Law component of the HSC syllabus, including provision of free support materials, revision classes, ongoing mentoring, and sponsoring Legal Studies’ Awards for local High Schools.

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Christopher Dunn, from our Parramatta office has worked with Toongabbie Legal Centre (TLC) for many years. TLC is a community legal centre which provides an important service in the form of advice and sometimes representation to those less fortunate who cannot afford a solicitor but do not meet the stringent means/assets test of Legal Aid. TLC does not receive any government grants and relies on its annual dinner, CLEs and annual raffle to raise funds to keep the doors open.

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Our NSW and Canberra offices work with many Pro Bono Wills for the Cancer Council of Australia

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Many of our staff are Board and Committee members for various community organisations as well as holding positions in Law Society Committees, including Young Lawyers (ACT), Young Lawyers (NSW),Central Coast Law Society,  NSW Law Society Family Law Committee,  and Law Society Privacy and Communications Committee

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Debra Parker, Director of our Canberra office is a Board Member for the St Andrews Retirement Village, who aim to provide high quality support, assistance and care for those in the ACT region. Additionally, Debra serves on the ACT International Lawyers Committee and the ADR Committee

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Staff volunteering for the local Rural fire brigade, including firefighting, community awareness, administrative support and fundraising events

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At the beginning of 2019, Watts McCray started a new tradition across our offices: ‘Casual Friday with a twist’.

Staff members can wear casual attire on the last Friday of the month in exchange for a donation. The money is collected among our offices and donated to a selected charity each month.

Charities supported by this worthwhile initiative thus far include

  • Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary
  • Fred Hollows Foundation
  • CARE Australia
  • Share the Dignity
  • Menslink
  • BlazeAid
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • Movember
  • CanTeen Australia
  • R U OK?
  • Jeans for Genes
  • McGrath Foundation
  • Shake It Up Australia
  • Foundation for Parkinson’s Research
  • The Sanctuary – The Hills Women’s Shelter