Squire Patton Boggs partner Margie Tannock was honoured with the Attorney General's Community Service Law Award (Individual) during a ceremony launching WA (Western Australia) Law Week on Monday.
The award, now in its 13th year, recognises an individual lawyer and a legal practice that have done the most outstanding pro bono legal work, donating their time and legal expertise free of charge to the community.
Ms. Tannock is an accomplished administrative and public law specialist who also manages the firm’s Australia pro bono practice. Since taking on this role in 2014, she has been responsible for more than 500 pro bono matters, supporting Aboriginal, remote and rural enterprise, youth and homelessness support organisations, and innovation hubs encouraging entrepreneurism.
Ms. Tannock also spearheads a number of the firm’s global initiatives in the areas of workplace wellbeing, inclusiveness, gender equality, diversity and social responsibility.
As well as leading the pro bono initiatives at Squire Patton Boggs, Ms Tannock is generous with her spare time, supporting important community activities in WA. Along with her work and family commitments (she has four children), she is a Board Member of Fashion Council (WA) and St Catherine’s College. She served as a foundation member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for the Built Environment and Health from 2008 to 2017, and on the Board of Trinity College. She previously served as Association Secretary to the WACA and is a strong supporter of the Women in Sport association, which brings together senior female executives working in the sports industry.
In announcing Ms. Tannock as the award recipient, Attorney General John Quigley MP said: “I am heartened to see that pro bono work continues to be done by the legal sector to a high standard and for those in greatest need.”
A number of the firm’s pro bono clients provided ringing endorsements highlighting Ms. Tannock’s passion and commitment to their endeavours. John Burn, CEO and Managing Director of pro bono client Many Rivers Microfinance Ltd said: “Our clients receive the same level of professional service as any of Squires’ commercial clients.”
Ms. Tannock has also inspired a desire to give back among the lawyers and staff at the firm. Associate Connor McClymont said: “Margie Tannock has supported the provision of pro bono legal services passionately and diligently, and through that support has inspired a passion to assist small businesses and marginal individuals within my own practice.”