Partnership receives Prime Minister's recognition
Red Cross and law firm King & Wood Mallesons received special recognition for the longevity of their partnership in the 2006 Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Community Business Partnerships (previously named Mallesons Stephen Jaques).
Australian Red Cross was established in 1914, and within a month of its inception had appointed Stephen Jaques and Stephen, predecessor to Mallesons, as its honourary solicitors. The relationship between Red Cross and Stephen Jaques and Stephen and its successors has been steadfastly maintained, evolving into the partnership it is today from the late 1980s.
As well as providing Red Cross with valuable legal advice and representation, King & Wood Mallesons gives its staff many opportunities to enrich their lives by volunteering for Red Cross. King & Wood Mallesons' staff members serve breakfast in needy primary schools, make daily telephone calls to elderly Australians living alone, give legal advice to homeless and at-risk young people and give blood several times per year. Staff additionally support Red Cross through Workplace Giving, each donated dollar of which is then matched by the firm.
King & Wood Mallesons plays a key role in supporting Red Cross in its role as custodian of International Humanitarian Law, hosting events to help educate journalists, law students and the public about the Geneva Conventions, and assisting Red Cross in its International Humanitarian Law research endeavours.