We value all diversity in all dimensions
Pearce IP is committed to fostering a positive, respectful, diverse and inclusive work environment where employee differences are respected and valued and for all to have equal access to opportunities. We support and embrace each other’s differences and the daily actions of all staff should promote a fair, equitable and supportive work setting.
In addition to being a female-led firm, Pearce IP is committed to celebrating and embracing a diverse workforce which includes more than 30% of senior management with disability and 25% of the team from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Creating an environment of trust, respect and inclusion leads to benefits such as greater innovation, better understanding of our clients and their needs, along with attracting and retaining a wide range of talented staff.
As a company we are dedicated to a culture that reflects and represents the community in which we work. Our executive team plays an important role as champions, providing leadership that creates a positive and inclusive workplace.
Pearce IP’s inclusive workplace understands and respects differences such as age, caring responsibilities, cultural background, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender expression and intersex status.
Pearce IP has a female founder and more than 75% of its leaders are women
Pearce IP is a place where it is “normal” to see women in leadership and where pay equity is a ‘given’. We are proud to have a majority leadership of capable, respected women, rarely seen in law firms in Australia:
As of 6 October 2022, our staffing demographics relating to women in the workplace were as follows:
- Pearce IP has a female founder.
- More than 70% of the Pearce IP leaders are women.
- More than 75% of the Pearce IP team are women.
Pearce IP and its leaders have received multiple awards for the impact the Pearce IP diversity initiatives have made in the legal industry in Australia, as featured below.
Our “work from anywhere” model fosters diversity
A key factor in achieving diversity in our firm is our ‘work from anywhere’ model, allowing our team to efficiently meet client responsibilities as well as personal responsibilities, working both flexibly when required and in a way that works for them. Not only does this allow us to “hand pick” the best of the best without geographical limitation and opening up diverse geographical talent pools, it also removes barriers which might otherwise constrain a diverse work force. Working from home encourages our people to bring their whole selves to work, promoting inclusivity, understanding and appreciation of the value that diversity brings to our work and individual interactions.
In some states, staff are also provided with the opportunity to work from a dedicated office if they wish to, allowing for face-to-face engagement on a regular basis.
Committed to leading change
Determined to bring about change more broadly, our team members are active in the IP and legal community, including participating as sitting members on the IP Committee of the Australian Law Council, IPSANZ Trans-Tasman Committee, IPTA Council, and participating in mentoring programmes for young female lawyers.
We are very pleased to report that Pearce IP has been ranked in Legal 500 for 2023 as a market leading Intellectual Property firm in Australia. Pearce IP is the only patent/trade mark boutique firm ranked, and is one...
We are thrilled to announce that Pearce IP’s founder Naomi Pearce, Executive Lawyer, Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney has been recognised by WIPR as a Diversity Champion in IP for 2022. Thirty IP leaders from...
Pearce IP shortlisted for the award of Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2022
We are excited to announce that Pearce IP is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the category of 2022 Boutique Diversity firm of the Year. The Women in Law Awards are considered the gold standard...
The Australian High Court will have an experienced intellectual property judge on its bench, with the appointment of Justice Jayne Jagot to the bench announced on Thursday 29 September. Justice Jagot will take her...
Pearce IP is very proud to announce that its CEO and Executive Lawyer, Patent Attorney and Trade Mark Attorney Naomi Pearce has been honoured as the 2022 Patent Lawyer of the Year (Asia Pacific) at the Women in...
We are proud to announce that Pearce IP and its CEO have been shortlisted for three awards at the APAC 2022 Women in Business Law Awards, with the winners to be announced on 15 September. Pearce IP is one of 5 firms...
As a female led boutique firm, Pearce IP celebrates the successes of its high achieving women on International Women’s Day. Each of Pearce IP’s CEO, and heads of litigation and prosecution are women who are...
Our Diversity Awards
Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)
Partner of the Year Awards (Lawyers Weekly)
Finalist – Intellectual Property: Naomi Pearce (2022)