At Coleman Greig we value the differences between people and the contribution these differences make to our business. As a firm we will actively manage diversity, finding ways of utilising the differences that exist, in order to improve our business. We actively and flexibly seek to accommodate the unique needs of many different employees. We understand that diversity also encompasses the ways people differ in terms of their educational background, life and working experiences, carer responsibilities, socio-economic background and geographical location.
Coleman Greig is committed to ensuring that all employees are treated with respect and dignity. Our Diversity and Inclusion statement outlines our commitment and holds us accountable to our employees and other stakeholders.
We believe in equitable pay and have implemented various initiatives and policies to ensure fairness and transparency for all. This includes not asking for existing salaries when recruiting to ensure there is no past bias (gender or otherwise) in remuneration brought into our firm.
The firm conducts annual pay reviews to ensure all staff, at a career level are remunerated within a market linked pay band and gender differences between the top and bottom of each band are closely monitored. The firm’s Paid parental leave scheme is gender neutral, and salary increases are made before and during parental leave, ensuring female employees do not fall outside these bands whilst on leave.
Despite not being required to, we also proudly took part in the 2020 Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Gender Pay Gap Analysis and were compliant.
“Our ongoing commitment to equitable pay continues to strengthen our firm and has allowed us to produce our current gender equity results. These results demonstrate not only strong female representation and support across our senior leadership positions but also fairness and transparency for all.”
– Caroline Hutchinson, Principal/Director
We’re proud to have been continually recognised as an Employer of Choice. Initiatives include a commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity; a zero-tolerance approach to behaviour of a discriminatory nature, bullying and harassment; establishment of the Women in Business Forum in 2007 to promote professional development for women, a Family and Domestic Violence Leave Policy, a Carers at Work initiative, and becoming the first law firm in Australia to achieve White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation.
In 2021, we won the ‘HR Daily Employer of Choice’. In 2020, we were named the ‘HR Daily Employer of Choice’ and ‘Employer of Choice’ in The Australian Business Awards, and were listed in Australasian Lawyer’s top 25 best law firms to work for.
“The firm provides flexible working arrangements and prides itself on taking care of the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our employees. From recruitment to professional development and training, the firm has many health and wellness initiatives that everyone can participate in and benefit from.”
– Elicha Reitsma, People and Capability Manager.
Each year Coleman Greig offers law students a remarkable opportunity to mix their university studies with quality work experience.
The Coleman Greig Cadetship Program has been operating for the last 20 years and is open to all full-time, first year law students.
The five-year program provides a real opportunity to experience the legal environment firsthand, build relationships with staff and clients. Our cadets complete rotations with the various teams, providing them with well-rounded experience
We were excited to be recognised in Australia’s Best Workplaces in 2021. The firm ranked number 22 in the Top 50 Best Places to Work in Australia (100-999 employee category) – the only law firm in the top 25.
The study was conducted based on one of the world’s most comprehensive assessments of workplace culture by Great Place to Work Australia, a global research and consulting firm specialising in employee engagement, organisational alignment, and its effect on high performance workplaces cultures.
“Our culture is created by our people, and we are all extremely honoured to be recognised as one of the best workplaces in Australia.”
– Warrick McLean, Chief Executive Officer
“People have always been and will continue to be at the centre of everything we do, that includes our employees and the people within the local community”.
– Caroline Hutchinson, Principal/Director