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About us

Proximity is a leading professional services organisation providing consulting, legal and commerical advisory solutions.

Proximity is a leading professional services organisation, providing high quality services to public and private sector clients, with a focus on government and regulated industries. We are a truly innovative organisation, leading the market in service delivery, business management and staff engagement. Our multi-disciplinary team includes highly experienced specialists in project management, consulting, law, procurement, governance, technology and commercial.

Proximity is highly regarded for:

Our model

We work with you onsite, in an advisory capacity and on specific projects. We are committed to working with  you and your team with a strong focus on achieving your objectives.

Our focus

Government and regulated industry sectors are our focus; we understand the laws, policies, politics and culture of these sectors.

Our people

We are technically excellent, strategic, practical, experienced and efficient; our advisors are hand-picked based on having the right attributes to work successfully with your team.

Our skills

We combine big-picture strategy with attention to detail.

Our experience

We have advised clients on some of the most complex and high-profile projects in Australia.

Our clients

National Health and Medical Research Council

“Tara is doing a fantastic job for us here at NHMRC, and we’d like to extend the arrangement.”

Menslink

“Proximity have been fantastic. I’ve personally worked with a whole range of legal firms over my career. Large organisations and small organisations. Proximity’s different, because they don’t just give us legal advice, they actually work with our documents, processes and forms to change things for the better.”

Australian Taxation Office

“The unique procurement approach devised by Proximity has been well received by industry, ATO and other Commonwealth agencies; and the arrangements are also being used by a number of other Commonwealth agencies.”

Anglicare Australia

“We had people in Darwin, Adelaide, Sydney and Canberra who all needed to have input to this project. Working with a legal firm that was going to bill us in six minute intervals wasn’t going to work. The thing that we really felt was different was that Proximity sat with us to understand what we wanted the outcomes to be. We built this product together.”

Australian Maritime and Safety Authority

“Thanks for your help on the project. It was great to get it completed in the timeframe.”

Defence CIOG

“Proximity’s assistance with our project was invaluable. The system went live with zero defects, delivered on time and within budget, zero CCPs to any of the three contracts and a seamless transition for users. The transition was so smooth the team and I were bored waiting for disasters to resolve, but nothing. All the hard work and planning paid off.”

Department of Defence

“The people in Proximity that I’ve worked with have all been first-class. They’re not only exceptionally professional; they’re pragmatic. They’re also bringing a real human contribution to the project as well.”

Department of Health

“Proximity provided a high quality service with a strong focus on meeting the business objectives within a very short timeframe.”

Department of Immigration and Border Protection

“I have been very impressed by the quality of work and commitment of Proximity’s advisors. They have very strong writing and drafting skills, and their advice has been strategic, practical, and in plain English.”

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science

“Proximity did a great job managing a number of legal issues … Tara related well both to her clients and her colleagues in our Branch.”

Icon Water

“I would personally like to thank every member of the team involved in the AMMS product evaluation. The importance of your role in this process cannot be understated.”

IP Australia

“Simon fitted into the team extremely well and was able to ‘hit the ground running’ which was fantastic. We also appreciated his flexibility.”

Murray-Darling Basin Authority

“Thanks for all your assistance this year—we have really appreciated it.”

National Disability Insurance Agency

“Irene was very competent and efficient, managed her workload well, it was very helpful to have her on board in a busy period. She was also flexible and happy to take on a variety of work.”

Commonwealth Ombudsman

Simon took to the work of the office very quickly, was organised, and followed through on all of the many tasks that came his way. Simon produced many pieces of high quality advice in a variety of areas.

Our partners

We invest significantly in our partnerships with other specialists providing one stop solutions through integrated multi-disciplinary teams. We partner with companies spanning finance, management consulting, technology and engineering. Combining with a broad range of professionals allows us to assist you with all your project needs.

Proximity has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusivity. We use a diverse range of suppliers including minority owned, women owned, disability inclusive, as well as small and micro businesses for printing, design and merchandise.

Vision and values

Our vision is to be a leading and innovative provider of consulting, legal and commercial services to the government and regulated industry sectors with a workplace culture that makes the best people want to be part of our team.

Innovative

Our innovative model is a multi-disciplinary professional services organisation with a high client engagement approach and tailored ‘on-site’ and ‘advisory’ service delivery methods. We are always exploring how things can be done better.

Genuine

We are strategic, practical, technically excellent, engaging and genuine people.

Helpful

We combine big-picture strategy with attention to detail in implementation to developing practical, real world solutions that work and provide helpful outcomes.

Workplace Culture

We have a high performance but supportive and flexible workplace environment.

Pro Bono

Proximity is a signatory to the National Pro Bono Resource Centre’s Aspirational Target of 35 hours pro bono work per lawyer per year. We were the first incorporated legal practice to become a signatory and worked with the Centre in 2011 to develop the first Statement of Principles for incorporated legal practices. Proximity is proud to have reached a total of 744 pro bono hours in FY19/20, an average of 37.74 per lawyer.

We are also honoured to have been recognised locally and nationally for our industry-leading Community Program, specifically:

  • Pro Bono Service Award (Highly Commended) at the 2019 ACT Law Society Law Awards
  • Pro Bono Program of the Year (Finalist) at the 2020 Australian Law Awards

Through our Community Program, Proximity provides significant pro bono services* to the following Community Partners:

  • Menslink: Supporting young men in the Canberra region for over 15 years through free counselling, volunteer mentoring and education programs
  • The Farm in Galong: Providing a place of restoration for women and children affected by substance abuse, with a aim to reunite families and provide a strong foundation for long-term recovery
  • Inclusive Australia: Improving social inclusion through behaviour change science-backed activities and outreach that addresses inclusion across Australia
  • Women’s Legal Centre (ACT & Region): Improving women’s lives through specialist legal representation, support and advocacy.
  • Fearless Women: Providing outreach and support services dedicated to girls and young women in the Canberra region

Our lawyers also consistently participate in the ACT Law Society’s pro bono program through the:

  • Legal Advice Bureau: A free, short legal consultation service that provides advice to clients on issues such as family law, criminal law, debt, personal injury, tenancy issues, motor vehicle accidents, employment law, workers compensation, migration law and contract law.
  • Pro Bono Clearing House: A legal referral service that matches people and organisations in genuine need of pro bono legal assistance with either a law firm or a Community Legal Centre able to provide that assistance.

*We provide pro bono legal and well as commercial and consulting services to all clients. Where we aren’t the best placed organisation to provide certain services, we endeavour to refer our Community Partners to a trusted service provider.

 

Awards

Shortlisted - AFR Boss Best Places to Work List 2020

The AFR BOSS Best Places to Work recognises the very best workplaces that provide the structure and environment at all levels to motivate and enable people to do their very best work.

 

Finalist - Diversity Law Firm of the Year 2020 (Women in Law Awards)

This award recognises law firms who are fostering a diverse culture that encourages the retention of its female legal professionals.

Winner - Professional Services Business of the Year 2020 (My Business Awards)

This award recognises the professional services business that has most effectively capitalised on market opportunities and found a way to pivot or adapt to changing circumstances.

Finalist - Law Firm of the Year 2020 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of ten finalists in the Law Firm of the Year 2020 category at the 2020 Australian Law Awards. This award is the most coveted award and to be shortlisted as a finalist is considered recognition as a leading law firm in Australia.

Finalist - NewLaw Firm of the Year 2020 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was shortlisted as a finalist in the NewLaw Firm of the Year 2020 category at the 2020 Australian Law Awards. The NewLaw Firm of the Year category recognises firms that are considered game changers in the legal profession, who challenge the traditional law firm model and focus on innovation.

Finalist - Employer of Choice 2020 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of ten finalists in the Employer of Choice 2020 category at the 2020 Australian Law Awards. To be shortlisted for this award was of immense significance, as we always strive to put our people and culture first.

Finalist- Pro Bono Program of the Year 2020 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was shortlisted as a finalist in the Pro Bono Program of the Year 2020 category at the 2020 Australian Law Awards. It was an honour to be recognised for supporting our local communities through our pro bono services, sponsorship’s and volunteering.

Finalist - Government Team of the Year 2020 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of six finalists in the Government Team of the Year 2020 category at the 2020 Australian Law Awards. Since winning this category in 2017, we have continued to increase our government-dedicated team, significantly grown our legal advisory capability and fully integrated consulting practice and established ourselves as the leading innovative alternative to the traditional national firms. To be shortlisted as a finalist in this category again validates our focus to continually innovate and look for new ways to provide quality services to the highest standard.

Finalist - Top 10 Procurement Consulting/Professional Services Companies 2019

Proximity is a finalist in the Top 10 Procurement Consulting/Professional Services Companies 2019 for the APAC CIOoutlook magazine.

Finalist - Government Team of the Year 2018 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of nine finalists in the Government Team of the Year 2018 category at the 2018 Australian Law Awards.

Finalist - NewLaw Firm of the Year 2018 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of ten finalists in the NewLaw Firm of the Year 2018 category at the 2018 Australian Law Awards.

Finalist - Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year 2018 (Women in Law Awards)

Proximity has been nominated as a Finalist in the Boutique Diversity Firm of the Year at the LawyersWeekly Women in Law Awards 2018, held in Melbourne on Thursday, November 22. This award recognises a private practice law firm with 50 employees or fewer that demonstrates a commitment to diversity through its employment policies within FY2018.

 

Finalist - ALPMA / Lexis Nexis Thought Leadership Awards 2017

Proximity was recognised as a finalist in the ALPMA / LexisNexis Thought Leadership Awards for its Procurement-as-a-Service model. This award recognised innovation in the legal industry and was open to any firm in Australia undertaking innovative projects in response to the changing legal landscape. Proximity was selected as one of four finalists from a field of 26 leading legal innovation projects.

Winner - Government Team of the Year 2017 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was recognised at the 2017 Australian Law Awards as the Government Team of the Year. This category recognised outstanding performance by teams providing services to their government clients.

The judges selected Proximity from an extremely strong field made up of global and national firms based on excellence in service, benefits to clients from the team’s expertise and leadership in the field of practice.

Finalist - Australian Boutique Firm of the Year 2016 (Australasian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of eight finalists in the Boutique category in the 2016 Australasian Law Awards. The category was open to any firm in Australia that derived at least 50% of its revenue from one practice area and was judged on excellence in client service and specialist expertise.

Winner - Top 30 Innovative Firms of the Year 2016 (Australasian Lawyer Magazine)

Proximity was recognised in the Innovative Firms 2016 Top 30 List, which showcased Australian law firms at the forefront of industry change. The Top 30 List recognised firms that were actively seeking to push themselves beyond the comfort of existing business models, systems and processes, and sometimes even disrupting their own models from within.

Winner - Australian Boutique Firm of the Year 2016 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was recognised at the 2016 Australian Law Awards as the Boutique Law Firm of the Year. This category recognised outstanding performance by firms pioneering innovative practices and challenging the structure and culture of traditional firms.The judges selected Proximity from an extremely strong field of firms across the country based on professional excellence, innovation, client outcomes, business strategy, advancement of the profession and corporate social responsibility.

The judges selected Proximity from an extremely strong field of firms across the country based on professional excellence, innovation, client outcomes, business strategy, advancement of the profession and corporate social responsibility.

Finalist - Australian Innovator of the Year 2015 (Australian Law Awards)

Proximity was one of eight finalists in the Innovator of the Year 2015 category at the 2015 Australian Law Awards.

Winner - APAC Insider Legal Awards 2015

The APAC Insider Awards recognises firms making game-changing advances and achieving results in the Asia-Pacific region. Proximity was the winner in two categories: Onsite Legal and Procurement Services—Australia and Information Technology Law—Australia.

Winner - Contracting Law Firm of the Year 2015 - Australia (Acquisition International Legal Awards)

The Acquisition International Legal Awards recognise boutique and mid-sized firms that embrace a new approach in order to thrive in a highly competitive market and work to ensure their clients receive the best possible support and advice.

FAQ

What background and experience do Proximity advisors have?

Proximity’s highly regarded consulting, legal and commercial teams are made up of advisors that have worked in both the public and private sector. We have a mix of lawyers and non-lawyers that understand the regulatory and policy framework within which governments and regulated industries operate. We have a range of experience in our team from Senior General Counsel level to paralegals, and all our advisors have experience in major consulting or legal firms, or highly regarded in-house legal and procurement teams.

What roles can Proximity advisors do?

Our advisors are available for the full range of work that government and regulated industry entities might require, from complex high-value matters of national significance to routine consulting, legal and commercial advisory work. We can provide specialist expertise or generalist advisers to cover business as usual matters.

Does Proximity have paralegals available for secondment?

Yes. Proximity has a large team of high quality paralegals that can provide you cost effective assistance in dealing with the ever-increasing volume of routine consulting, legal and commercial work.

What can we expect of a Proximity advisor?

Clients engage Proximity advisors for a variety of reasons. However, you can expect that all of Proximity’s advisors will:

  • Provide technically sound advice and solutions that show an understanding of your needs.
  • Work with you as part of your team.
  • Deliver services efficiently and on time.
  • Assist you with your needs more broadly, including by proactively identifying areas of need.
  • Keep you informed as matters progress.
  • Deliver services in accordance with your preferred way of working and your policies and procedures.
  • Meet any specific reporting, accountability and document management requirements you have.
Are Proximity advisors available on a part-time basis?

Yes. While some of our advisors work on a full-time basis, many work part-time for a reduced number of days per week or work reduced hours five days per week. We also provide combinations of advisors with different skills on a job-share basis if that best suits your needs.

Which panels is Proximity on?

Proximity is a regular supplier to government and is on many government panels as an approved supplier of  business advisory, legal service, sourcing and associated services (including multi-government agency panels that are accessible to a broad range of government agencies other than just the establishing agency).

Proximity direct access (non-legal)

  • ACT Government Light Rail Stage 2 Advisors Panel
  • AFP Capability Support Services Panel
  • Defence Support Services (DSS) Panel
  • Defence Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) Negotiation Services Panel
  • Services Australia ICT Contractor Services Panel (category: procurement and outsourcing specialists)
  • Department of Finance Governance and Executive Search Panel
  • Digital Transformation Agency Cloud Services Panel
  • ABS Privacy Services Panel
  • DTA Digital Marketplace

Proximity direct access (legal)

  • Whole of Australian Government Legal Service Panel
  • Services Australia Legal Support Services Bundle
  • Legal Services Provider on the ASIC Enforcement Bundling Arrangement
  • ACT Government Legal Services Panel
  • Victorian Professional Advisory Services (PAS) Panel

Team stats

Staff

92

Clients

41

Panels

15

Social Events (YTD)

1

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