Collaborative relationships delivering maximum commercial value
TressCox is committed to providing high quality commercial legal services to its diverse and highly valued clients from mid-sized publicly listed companies, foreign owned subsidiaries, large associations, government departments and authorities to privately owned businesses.
Our philosophy of ‘connected talent’ represents the culture of the firm – we are always striving to ensure we are connected to our clients by having an in-depth understanding of their industry and operating environment; and that we are connected to each other by sharing knowledge, professional skills and technology.
At TressCox we aim to build successful, long term relationships with all our clients. Our enthusiastic team members are accessible and approachable, working collaboratively to deliver high quality advice that is responsive to our clients’ needs. We keep our clients fully informed and provide innovative and flexible fee arrangements built around best value for money.
Our people are keen supporters of the community and TressCox takes its corporate responsibility seriously.
We have a dedicated Pro Bono practice.
We support the TJMF Psychological Wellbeing: Best Practice Guidelines for the Legal Profession.
We are members of the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA) - an industry-led association working collaboratively to promote sustainable practices.
Our Vision and Values
At TressCox, we are inspired by a single vision:
“to deliver solutions of maximum commercial value to our clients through strong relationships and the connection of talent and experience.”
We realise our vision by adhering to four core values that are underpinned by the phrase ‘Connected Talent’.
This phrase represents our team of talented, committed individuals who believe in the value of personal relationships and who are connected to each other and to the marketplace to provide our clients with insightful and commercially valuable business solutions.
The four key values that define us as an organisation and guide our behaviour and growth are:
Integrity. We inspire trust as legal advisors. We deliver on our promises. We also maintain the highest possible ethical standards.
Client focus. We value our client relationships. We listen and respond to their needs with energy, enthusiasm and efficiency. We focus on solutions that create value and we always go the extra mile for our clients.
Agility. We embrace change. We strive to continually learn and grow to adapt to the new client agenda and the rapidly changing environment.
Collaboration. We foster a collaborative, supportive environment and recognise the value in a consultative approach with our internal and external clients.
Diversity and Inclusion
TressCox strives to have a Diverse and Inclusive culture.
Through policy, education and recruitment TressCox has an inclusive workplace that is free from all forms of discrimination and harassment. We recognise, value and utilise the diverse knowledge, abilities, skills and ideas of all our people.
TressCox places great emphasis on providing opportunities which allow for educational equity, employment equity, affirmative action and diversity. TressCox is commited to building awareness and enabling team members from diverse backgrounds to be part of the consultative and decision making processes on matters that may affect them.
Our Commitment to Diversity at TressCox:
- We continue to fulfil our obligations under the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 - this is evidenced by the high proportion of senior female partners and employees.
- We have developed a number of workplace programmes and community initiatives which support diversity both within our workforce and the broader community.
- We have formally adopted the Law Council of Australia's Diversity & Equality Charter, are signatories to their National Model Gender Equitable Briefing Policy and are proud to be a member of the Diversity Council of Australia.
In 1897, Herbert Tress established a legal practice in Pitt Street, Sydney. The Firm became Tress & Cocks in 1920 when George Cocks joined as a Partner. John Maddox also joined the Firm in 1920, becoming a Partner in 1929 but it wasn’t until 1935 that the Firm changed its name to Tress Cocks & Maddox.
Prior to joining the Firm, Mr Cocks was a solicitor for the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales. It is not surprising then, that the Firm acted for the State Bank throughout the 1920s and 1930s.
The Firm has a long association with the Australian Medical Association (AMA) which dates back to 1897, when Herbert Tress acted for the NSW Branch of what was then known as the British Medical Association (BMA). John Maddox continued to advise the BMA for nearly 60 years and his relationship with the BMA, its evolution into the AMA, and the drafting of the Articles of Association for the Federal AMA was a significant part of the practice. The health industry is still a core business of the Firm and the AMA has remained a client.
Our entertainment practice was founded in 1978, at a time when the sector was hardly recognised as an area of legal practice. The Firm now has one of the nation’s largest entertainment and media practices and has received many accolades.
By the 1980s the Firm had tripled in size and in the 1990s, Tress Cocks & Maddox opened two interstate offices. The Melbourne office was formed in 1992 with a strong commercial focus, and the Brisbane office opened in 1997 to service existing health sector clients. Since that time, the Brisbane office has achieved widespread recognition as one of Queensland’s premier health law practices and expanded into a range of other areas of law. The highly regarded Brisbane firm Macrossans Lawyers was incorporated into our Brisbane team in October 2012, and we moved into our new premises in Creek Street. In the same year we opened an office in Canberra as a result of our increasing Commonwealth Government client base. In May 2013, after more than 20 years at our King Street address, we moved our Sydney office to the iconic MLC Centre in Martin Place.
The Firm was rebranded in 2004 to what we know today as TressCox Lawyers. We have expanded into many other key sectors to reflect the needs of our clients and have an impressive track record in areas such as building and construction, commercial litigation and insolvency, employment, IR and workplace safety, finance/financial services - markets, transactional and regulatory, government, health and aged care, insurance and insurance litigation, international business, media, entertainment and intellectual property, pro bono, property and wealth, tax and estate planning.
ALFA International in Australasia
TressCox Lawyers is a member of ALFA International, the global legal network. With over 145 member firms in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Africa, ALFA International is the premier global network of independent law firms.
ALFA International’s success is driven by its members’ broad, deep, local relationships both in the United States and throughout the world. ALFA International’s mission is to provide clients with high-quality, cost-efficient legal services worldwide.
The ALFA International model enables TressCox to use its local expertise to deliver highly effective legal solutions, while drawing upon the collective wisdom and experience of other member firms within the United States and around the world as needed. TressCox clients also benefit from a wide range of unsurpassed educational programming including: seminars, webinars and legal compendia.
There is only one ALFA International member firm in each major jurisdiction in Australia with TressCox being the member firm for New South Wales and Queensland.
For more information on ALFA International in Australasia, please visit www.alfaaustralasia.com
Quality Assurance: Our Client Commitment
TressCox is committed to the highest possible delivery of service to our clients through the implementation of best practice principles. In addition to implementing internal systems which adhere to the LAW9000 – Legal Best Practice standard, which is an enhancement of the ISO9001:2008 standard, the Firm’s culture sets behavioural benchmarks for our Team Members to ensure we always deliver on our client promises.
We understand you have a choice and so want to ensure that we provide a high quality service that adds benefit to your organisation. It is one of the reasons we concentrate on a culture of client service and continuously review the way we work.
Our four key values, as mentioned in our Vision and Values, define us as an organisation, guide our behaviour and growth and form the basis of our commitment to an excellent client experience.
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