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Our commitment to diversity

We are fully committed to demonstrating, promoting and leading diversity in the workplace, both within Pearce IP and the broader IP community

Pearce IP is a female led firm

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:

  • 100% of Pearce IP’s Executives are women.
  • 100% of Pearce IP’s Business Unit Heads are women. Each of Pearce IP’s CEO, Head of Litigation, Head of Prosecution, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Trade Mark Practice Leaders are women.
  • More than 85% of Pearce IP’s leaders are women.
  • More than 85% of the Pearce IP team are women.
  • More than 60% of Pearce IP’s professional women have achieved the highest levels of qualification in science (PhD) or are triply qualified as a lawyer, scientist and patent attorney.

Pearce IP’s founder Naomi Pearce is the only Australian practitioner honoured by WIPR Diversity in 2021 in the world’s top 100 Influential Women in IP. She was honoured to be the recipient of the peer reviewed Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Partner of the Year (SME Law) in 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Our Awards

Australasian Lawyer 5-Star Awards
5-Star Intellectual Property Law Firm
5-Star Intellectual Property Lawyer

Australian Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)
Winner – Intellectual Property Team of the Year 2021

Doyles Guide
Leading Contentious IP Lawyer NSW

IAM Patent 1000
Litigation Recommended (Silver)
Prosecution Recommended

IAM Strategy 300
World Leading IP Strategist
Global Leader

Lawyer Monthly Women in Law Awards
Patents Lawyer of the Year (Australasia)

Lexology Legal Influencers
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Cross-border)
Healthcare and Life Sciences (Australasia)

Managing IP IP Stars
Patents Star
Notable Practitioner

Women in Law Awards (Lawyers Weekly)
Winner – Partner of the Year (SME) 2021

World Intellectual Property Review
Influential Women in IP

WIPR Leaders