Women @ G+T

At Gilbert + Tobin, we know that getting the best result means having the best people. We recruit, develop and advance talented people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences and points of view, ensuring that our core values of integrity, openness and equality are preserved.

We have developed a number of professional development programs to ensure all employees realise their full potential. This includes initiatives specifically designed to inform, support and inspire women at all levels of the firm.  Our recent training initiatives have included expert workshops on building women’s confidence through voice.

Recognising each woman is different, with distinct aspirations, roles and values, we have a range of flexible working arrangements and support structures available, including a leading paid parental leave policy, part-time and job share opportunities, remote working arrangements, flexible working hours and an on-site family room. We are currently focusing on developing new and strengthening our existing successful flexible work arrangements in consultation with our people and clients.

Gilbert + Tobin has a depth of female talent, with 36% female partners, women accounting for 66% of our total employee numbers and 19% taking advantage of one our flexible working arrangements, including a number of our partners.

Statistics and figures are only part of the story. Many of our women hold leadership positions in the firm, including board member Catherine Dermody, a partner in our competition and regulation practice. Partner Dianne Banks is the Litigation Group People Leader and co-chairs the People Leaders Group, a group of partners and senior managers who focus specifically on people initiatives and the people strategy of the firm. Outside of Gilbert + Tobin, Dianne is a board member of the Diversity Council of Australia and sits on the board of Half the Sky Australia, a not-for-profit organisation which raises money to support and educate orphans in China.

Several other Gilbert + Tobin women also contribute  to the community. For example:

  • Partner, Sheila McGregor is President of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, a not-for-profit which raises funds for equipment and research for the only women’s hospital in New South Wales.
  • Moya Dodd, a partner in our Competition + Regulatory practice and a former Australian team representative with the Matildas, is the first Australian woman to be appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee, serves as the Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation, is a Director of Football Federation Australia, member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and recently named on Fairfax Australia’s Daily Life’s 20 Women of Year. She is also on the Advisory Committee of Football United, an organisation which uses football to promote social inclusion among refugees. Football United is also part of Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program.
  • Partner Michelle Hannon is a director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and is a former director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House.

Gilbert + Tobin is a member of the Diversity Council of Australia and in 2010, 2011 and, again, in 2012, we were awarded an Employer of Choice for Women citation from the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA).

Our Head of People and Culture, Robyn Whittaker and our Manager of Organisational Development, Petra Stirling recently participated in the Gender Equity in the Workplace forum held by UN Women.  This annual forum seeks to develop thought leading ideas for the promotion of gender equity in business and the Australian community.

Gilbert + Tobin also supports disadvantaged women in the community through our pro bono and corporate social responsibility programs, including contributing to the Dress for Success program.

To watch some video profiles of some women at Gilbert + Tobin, please click here.


Each year Gilbert + Tobin holds a range of events exploring issues relating to women, from career progression to the challenges associated with striking a desirable work/life balance.

Part of a series of events, Gilbert + Tobin recently held ‘Women + Careers’, involving a panel of prominent business women, including Deidre Macken, award winning journalist, social commentator and feature writer with the Australian Financial Review, Elizabeth Henderson, Westpac General Manager – Commercial, Technology, and Kath Cummins, former TV producer, reporter and broadcaster. We were also joined by a senior member of Australia’s judiciary.

Gilbert + Tobin partner, Sheila McGregor led the discussion, allowing the panel and audience to share their motivations, experiences and insights as women working in a professional environment. Many of the audience members described the event as both “empowering” and “inspiring”.

We also regularly hold women’s discussion and networking forums with clients. Most recently, we teamed up with Westpac over lunch to share ideas and experiences about professional life as a woman.

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