Ashurst wins Pro Bono Program of the Year at the 2022 Australian Law Awards
16 August 2022
16 August 2022
Ashurst launched its Modern Slavery Action Plan (Action Plan), which not only honours the firm's Founder, but also his daughters who were also committed to the abolition of slavery and who were not recognised in their lifetimes.
Our Action Plan provides a path for Ashurst to play a role in supporting the organisations leading efforts to eradicate slavery and includes:
Another significant component the Action Plan is the provision of on-the-ground pro bono support to organisations tackling modern slavery, including through secondments.
Ashurst Partner and Global Head of Pro Bono and Social Impact Sarah Morton-Ramwell comments, "We are so delighted to have our Modern Slavery Action Plan recognised with this award. This year marks Ashurst’s 200th anniversary and we have been working to honour our founder’s legacy. William Henry Ashurst was a progressive advocate who was deeply committed to social justice, particularly women’s equality and the abolition of slavery.
"Recognising the continued growth of all forms of modern slavery and our global presence, we took the decision to expand our existing pro bono work in this area into a global focus for all at Ashurst. We are committed to combatting all forms of modern slavery as a firm and with our clients, colleagues and other stakeholders.”
The Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards recognise leading legal professionals and firms in the Australian legal industry.