Why did you want to become involved in a Partnership?
b significantly benefit young people in need. Recognizing a need for free legal advice for young people was the initial impetus behind our collaboration with Mallesons. The partnership has however exceeded the ASK! project and encompasses a variety of collaborative initiatives utilizing the respective expertise of TNF and Mallesons. As a mutually cooperative and e n e f i c i a l p a r t n e r s h i p , t h e k e y f o c u s h a s b e e n t o
One of the central features of Mallesons’ commercial practice is the development of long- term relationships with key clients. Mallesons has taken a similar approach in its relations with community organisations. Mallesons recognises the important role that TNF plays in the community and has made a commitment to help the organisation achieve its goals. The success
of this relationship is reflected in the ASK! project.
What were you attracted to when choosing your partner?
TNF were impressed with Mallesons’ innovative and comprehensive Mallesons in the Community
Mallesons staff identified youth problems as an area of concern in which they would like to be
program. Focusing on pro bono legal work, volunteering and workplace giving – TNF were attracted to Mallesons’ professionalism and coordinated approach. The partnership was attractive to both organisations that have
involved. Mallesons was attracted to TNF because it is a smaller organisation with dedicated, passionate people. Further, its programs appeared to be run efficiently and successfully. Both organisations having
identified objectives of assisting young people at
matching aims has contributed significantly to
the success of the partnership.
Detail the first steps of the process of developing your partnership. Where did you start?
TNF’s General Manager, Amanda Noffs, gained an understanding of problems associated with teenagers and the law through her work at TNF and became acutely aware of the need for them to be supported legally. This inspired her to commit to law degree from which she graduated in 2001. Not satisfied with this feat, Amanda then negotiated with Mallesons to provide free legal services to these young people.
The most important first step in developing the partnership was clearly identifying the aims of both organisations for entering into the partnership. Once these aims were established, TNF and Mallesons both had a clear goal to work towards.
What have been the benefits – both short-term and long-term?
Improved services to young people: ASK! provides a service which complements the existing youth services provided by TNF in an area of real need. By capitalizing on Mallesons’ legal expertise, ASK! improves TNF’s capacity t provide a comprehensive service to disadvantaged young people. In particular, it increases TNF’s ability to:
refer young people to appropriate legal services;
find appropriate and practical solutions to address common financial and legal problems experienced by young people;
identify and reach young people needing help.
Improved profile and strengthened reputatio
Skills building for staff: ASK! provides an opportunity for Mallesons’ legal staff to practise areas of law and work with clients not usually
within the scope of the firm’s commercial work,
giving them the opportunity to personally apply their skills to benefit those less advantaged. Training provided by TNF has also increased the awareness of Mallesons’ staff of youth issues, and enhanced their communication skills.
Staff engagement and improved morale: The range of volunteering opportunities open to Mallesons’ people through TNF provides an eagerly sought forum for them to engage in community activities through the workplace. This avenue for staff to show social responsibility and
Improving TNF’s range of services has increased our profile in the community and reaffirms our
community involvement helps Mallesons promote its healthy workplace and work-life balance