At Cooper Grace Ward we understand that to provide the very best thinking and solutions to our clients, we need a diverse team that can provide a range of perspectives to meet our clients’ needs.

That’s why integrating equity and diversity into our people and business strategies is crucial to the success of our firm. We pride ourselves on our strong team culture, which is underpinned by a variety of flexible and progressive policies and initiatives that encourage and support diversity in its many forms.

We treat all team members with respect and dignity. We pride ourselves on providing equal opportunity to team members and prospective team members irrespective of their:

  • age
  • race
  • gender or gender identity
  • sexuality
  • relationship status
  • pregnancy
  • parental status
  • breastfeeding
  • impairment
  • religious belief or religious activity
  • political belief or activity
  • trade union activity
  • lawful sexual activity
  • family responsibilities.

We work hard to ensure that our people policies provide our team with a supportive work environment, and have developed a number of policies that support our team, such as:

  • flexible paid parental leave program and support for team members with carer responsibilities
  • assistance and support for team members transitioning to retirement
  • flexible work arrangements
  • support for those with disabilities.

Cooper Grace Ward is a signatory to the Tristan Jepson Memorial Foundation’s Best Practice Guidelines for Psychological Wellbeing. We believe that supporting and promoting mental health is essential, as it has been acknowledged that legal professionals are at high risk of suffering from psychological distress and illness. The Guidelines are designed to assist organisations to create workplaces that promote workplace psychological health and safety.

We have proudly implemented a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), a formal agreement with Reconciliation Australia to support Indigenous businesses and boost employment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians. Launched in October 2019, we received an endorsement from Reconciliation Australia that recognises the firm’s leadership position to advance Indigenous business. We are in the process of updating our next RAP to be launched in late 2021. You can view our RAP here.

The firm has an established LGBTIQ+ support group, diversity committee and a wellness committee.

We are proud that our achievements to date have been recognised externally – we have received a number of awards from professional and industry bodies in the areas of equity, diversity, work-life balance and access to technology.