LegalVision Social Ventures (LVSV) is LegalVision’s pro bono and corporate social responsibility arm. LVSV leverages our unique capabilities as Asia-Pacific’s fastest growing law firm, and a tech startup, to help not-for-profit and charitable organisations. LegalVision’s view to transform legal services in Australia sits alongside its goal to assist these organisations and important causes in meaningful and innovative ways. To LegalVision, corporate social responsibility is not viewed as an obligation, but as an opportunity to share our skills and successes as a business with the broader community.

2021 Pillars – Climate & Community

LVSV’s pillars for 2021 are Climate and Community. If 2020 highlighted anything, it was that we are facing a climate crisis which has direct and consequential impacts on our community. Australia faced some of the worst bushfires it has ever experienced, followed by a pandemic with serious affects worldwide. 

Climate:

As a progressive and industry leading company, LegalVision appreciates the gravity of the climate emergency and the need for governments, companies and individuals to take action.

  • In late 2020, LegalVision made a submission to the House Standing Commission on the Environment and Energy, in support of the Climate Change (National Framework for Adaptation and Mitigation) Bill 2020 (the Climate Bill). Here is a taste of LegalVision’s submission:

Legalvision considers the Climate Bill to be an essential first step in addressing the climate crisis facing Australia and the world more broadly.

LegalVision is living proof that the combination of technology and a highly skilled and dedicated team of team members can foster positive change and deliver improved efficiencies and cost savings for our clients. At LegalVision, change is our constant, and we encourage the Australian Parliament to embrace change and to maximise the social, economic and political opportunities presented by climate change.

Embracing technology has been integral to LegalVision’s success as a business, and we consider that doing so in a climate context would allow Australia to become a world leader in climate action. Australia’s vastness provides it with great potential to accommodate green energy technologies such as wind and solar. In 2020, we have helped raise over $100M in venture capital funds for a number of cleantech and alternative foodtech companies.

  • Global Climate Strike – In 2021 and beyond, LegalVision will look to continue its support for the Global Climate Strike movement. In 2019, encouraged and supported by LegalVision, dozens of LegalVisionaries participated in the Global Climate Strike in Sydney, alongside an estimated 80,000 other protesters.

Community:

Our focus is upon empowering individuals and communities who are vulnerable and facing disadvantage. We collaborate with like-minded organisations in this space, who are engaging directly with these individuals and communities.

  • Internships – LVSV has partnered with Settlement Services International, a not-for-profit advocacy organisation for refugees and asylum seekers. So far, this partnership has included running internships for six refugees to experience what it is like to work at LegalVision, and gain exposure to the Australian workforce.
  • LV Gives a Shift – LegalVision offers its employees volunteering opportunities at various community based charities and not-for-profit organisations. These have included The Big Issue, Two Good, Dress for Success and RSPCA Australia, among others! 
  • Local Action – LVSV dedicates time, resources, and our legal and non-legal skills to initiatives aimed at promoting those in our community who face challenges and prejudice. Whether it be because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status, in 2021, LVSV is committed to working towards a more equal community.
  • Wellbeing – LegalVision offers a unique work environment and amazing culture. Employee wellness is important to us. We’re transforming the traditional approach (or lack thereof) that the legal industry has long taken to wellbeing, by offering an all encompassing wellness program. Our LegalVisionaries partake in weekly Yoga (now also virtual!), LV45 – our unique take on a high intensity interval training workout, mental health training, and R U OK? Day events.

About the Team

Our LVSV team is led by lawyers who have strong interests in social justice issues and work across a wide range of LegalVision’s practice areas.

Robert Nay, Senior Lawyer | Head of Social Ventures

Rob joined LegalVision in 2018 and is a Senior Lawyer in our Construction & Infrastructure and General Commercial Contracts teams. Rob completed a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Hispanic Studies) at the University of New South Wales.

Rob is passionate about all things equality. He is a strong supporter of environmental and LBGTIQ+ rights, and has participated in numerous protests in support of these causes, as well as for indigenous rights. 

Rob has worked with an animal rescue charity at LegalVision on a pro bono basis, as well as regularly working for a key client of LegalVision’s, being one of Australia’s largest not-for-profit organisations working in the emergency accomodation and crisis support space. 

During his time at university, Rob spent his last semester on exchange in Amsterdam and attended hearings at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. He also undertook an internship with Amnesty International in Sydney.

For Rob’s full bio click here.  

Sarah Roberts, Lawyer | Head of Social Ventures

Sarah is a Lawyer at LegalVision in our Intellectual Property Disputes and Regulatory & Compliance team. Sarah joined LegalVision in 2019 as a Paralegal, while studying a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts-Media at Macquarie University.

Sarah is interested in supporting local social causes. She cares deeply for those in her community, breaking the stigma associated with mental health, and is focused on promoting equal rights, particularly those of Indigenous people and women.

Sarah previously spent some time in rural Katherine in the Northern Territory where she interned with the civil law section of the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).  NAAJA provides vital, frontline legal services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Northern Territory. She also completed an internship abroad with an organisation aimed at preventing and responding to abuse against children in the Philippines, Bahay Tuluyan.

For Sarah’s full bio click here.