Corporate Social Responsibility
Volunteer work on specialist committees
RBG participates in law reform and policy work on issues of public interest through its involvement with the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. Since 1987, RBG Director and Business Law Section executive member Greg Rodgers has played an active role in policy development and law reform in Australia in the field of insolvency through his membership of the specialist committees of both the Queensland Law Society and the Law Council of Australia. He recently co-ordinated the submissions of the Law Council on the Review of the Personal Property and Securities Legislation.
Director Richard Barnes was appointed as the Public Expert on Regulation by the International Council of Nurses (ICN) 10 person ‘Observatory’ from 2007 to 2011, comprising representatives of nurse regulatory authorities from various countries around the world. The primary objective of the ICN is to assist the regulation of the nursing profession in third world countries to improve health outcomes. Richard provides his time each year for free to participate at its forum and has written a manual published by the ICN in 120 of its member countries to assist developing countries establish a proper regulatory health system for the nursing and midwifery professions.
Pro bono work
RBG has an annual budget for pro bono work to assist well-deserving cases. We provide free legal assistance to a variety of individuals and organisations without the financial means or capacity to access such specialised assistance without incurring significant financial hardship. Since its establishment in 2007 RBG has provided gratuitous legal services to worthy individuals through its involvement with the Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House (QPILCH), and we have assisted to establish a charity for a religious organisation closely connected with the nursing profession while continuing to provide free legal advice and assistance to that charity.
The firm also encourages its younger practitioners to participate in community legal services that provide free legal advice for the most disadvantaged members of society, as well as participate in events that raise much needed funds for worthy organisations.