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Acknowledgment of Country

McCabes acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the traditional custodians of our offices’ land. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and community and pay our respects to their cultures and Elders, past, present and emerging.

Pro Bono program

Our formal pro bono program is an opportunity for us to use our passion for the law to help and empower our local and global community.

Many of the organisations we support provide services to marginalised, disadvantaged and vulnerable people. Our staff are passionate about using their expertise to make a difference.

Through our pro bono program, we take a flexible and responsive approach that includes:

  • volunteering at law centres in our catchment areas, accepting a referral from those centres concerning a broad range of legal matters;
  • providing pro bono legal services to our partner organisations as and when required;
  • participating in the fundraising efforts of our partner organisations;
  • providing pro bono legal assistance to the disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our communities directly; and
  • employees serving as board members of charitable and community organisations.

Community Legal Centres

We are proud to do pro bono work for the following community legal centres:

Redfern Legal Centre

The RLC was the first community legal centre established in New South Wales. The Centre provides free and confidential legal advice and casework, delivering community legal education, and engaging in law reform.

Environmental Defenders Office NSW

The EDO NSW is a community legal centre specialising in environmental and planning law. The organisation is dedicated to protecting our climate, communities and environment.

Corporate Social Responsibility Projects

We have ongoing partnerships with a range of charities and not-for-profits. While COVID-19 has presented various challenges, we have worked closely with these organisations to continue our support.

The Diamond Event, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Diamond Event is an annual major fundraiser supporting The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick.

McCabes is proud to be the Diamond sponsor of the event, with funds raised to support the fellowship program for the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Fellowship Program ensures the most promising young clinicians can continue to develop in their chosen specialist area and lead the way in paediatric treatment, care and research, benefiting the hospital network at large.

The Diamond Event has been postponed to Thursday, 17 February, 2022 at the IVY Ballroom, Merivale.

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Law Firms Encouraging and Assisting Promising Students (LEAPS)

McCabes’ LEAPS program commenced in 2009 in partnership with Leumeah High School. LEAPS is a school student workplace mentoring program for Year 9 students run by the Department of Education. We mentor students who will benefit most from the program, helping them develop skills to overcome difficult situations, build confidence, and set short and long-term goals. They also have a graduation ceremony with loved ones following the program’s completion.

Since 2009, we have mentored over XXX students through the LEAPS program. The Leumeah High School principal has described the program as the most valuable partnership it can offer students. At its essence, it empowers the students to make new dreams about their future. Of what can be, not what is.

Prior to COVID-19, the LEAPS students would attend our office to meet with their assigned McCabes mentor. It is an initiative that many of the McCabes practitioners are passionate about. We hope to recommence face-to-face mentoring in 2022.

The Grace Centre for Newborn Care, Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

The Grace Centre for Newborn Care is a specialised unit at The Sydney Children’s Hospital at Westmead. They treat more than 600 critically ill newborns with complex medical conditions, some as young as 23 weeks gestation.

Babies who are born at the maternity ward in Westmead Hospital are immediately transferred to Grace. Other babies are flown to the nursery within hours of birth from across NSW, ACT and Pacific Rim region for urgent life-saving care not available anywhere else in the state. Grace is the only accredited Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program training centre in Australia and leads the way in neonatal developmental care.

McCabes has been a proud supporter of Grace since 2006. We have participated in many fundraising initiatives, including Radiothon, Race for Grace and the Grace Gala. A highlight for many of our staff is the Corporate Volunteer Days at Westmead Hospital, dressing in costume and bringing smiles to the faces of sick children and their families.

While COVID-19 saw many of these annual events postponed, McCabes worked with Grace to arrange remote events staff could do from home. This includes an online ‘Race for Grace’ fundraiser, where staff walked, ran, swam and even paddle boarded 11km in their local area.

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Youngcare

Youngcare is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to creating choice and independence for people aged 18 to 65 with high care needs. 

Youngcare’s programs and projects focus on supporting young people with a disability or chronic illness by providing greater choice in housing and care options.

There are three key elements to Youngcare’s work:

  • providing fully accessible and age-appropriate living spaces to people with high care needs;
  • providing grants for equipment and home modification to support people with high care needs to remain at home; and
  • staffing a national hotline to provide information to callers requiring assistance navigating State and Federal health, housing and disability schemes.

McCabes has supported Youngcare since 2016 through various initiatives, including their signature fun run ‘The Bolt’, Youngcare Giving Day, and prior to COVID-19 extreme Corporate Challenges like the Ubuntu Trek in Africa.

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Can Too Foundation

Can Too is a charity devoted to raising funds for cancer research, prevention and treatment.

Founded in 2005, Can Too have trained over 16,000 people and raised more than $20 million for over 160 cancer research projects. Can Too fight cancer in partnership with the community, investing in cancer research with Cure Cancer Australia, Cancer Council NSW and the Children’s Cancer Institute.

Can Too offer professionally coached athletic training programs in return for participants fundraising for the Foundation’s cancer research. McCabes has trained with and raised funds for Can Too since 2015, participating in the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon and the Sydney Running Festival.

We continued this relationship during lockdown, with staff participating in a complimentary virtual training program in 2020 to focus on their health and wellbeing.

Through a combination of individual fundraising and firm-wide fundraising initiatives, McCabes has raised over $100,000 for cancer research and prevention.

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