Diversity & Inclusion

Carter Newell Lawyers is committed to developing and promoting diversity, equality, respect, and inclusion to ensure a safe, positive and nurturing environment for all employees. We know that success is driven through strength in diversity and that our people are what makes us successful.

Our focus is on being true to our values and treating people with respect and dignity at all times. We have created and fostered a safe workplace and respect the diverse range of individuals and cultural beliefs within our firm.

Specifically, the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Policy outlines the firm’s commitment to:

  • treat all people with respect and dignity regardless of sex, sexuality, age, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, education, culture, or unique characteristics;
  • create and foster equality through a supportive and understanding environment for all individuals to realise their maximum potential regardless of difference;
  • promote and support a strong and fair legal profession compromising, accommodating, encouraging, and respecting a diverse range of individuals and views.

Carter Newell’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee is well positioned with representatives from all offices, encompassing 30% partner representation, including the firm’s Managing Partner. The Committee drives the D&I strategy to develop regular communications, events, programs, education and recognising particular days of significance that give priority to a diverse and inclusive workplace. A number of small sub-teams stem from the wider D&I committee to focus, support and drive specific components of the wider strategy.

The firm conducted a D&I Survey in 2021 to capture data and insights into the firm’s workforce diversity and demographic profile, as well as broader cultural elements.

Carter Newell 2021 D&I Staff Survey Strongly agree / agree

I feel I can be my true self at work


My direct supervisor demonstrates a commitment to and support of diversity & inclusion


CN enables me to balance my work and personal life


I am comfortable talking about my background and culture experiences at work


Managing Partner Paul Hopkins is currently on the Queensland Law Society Equity & Diversity Committee. 


Carter Newell Supports

  • Diversity Counsel Australia Campaign - #StandForRespect. Our pledge to stand up against gendered harassment and violence in all its forms.

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