Pro Bono And Who We Assist
Our legal system exists for the good governance and betterment of our society and all of its members not just those who can afford legal fees. At Gilbert + Tobin we believe that as lawyers, we are the housekeepers of our legal system and it is our duty to help ensure that it is just and equitable, and that everyone in our society has access to legal representation and advice.
At Gilbert + Tobin, pro bono is a vital part of what we do and who we are. It has been a feature of our practice since the firm’s beginning in 1988. In 1996, we became the first law firm in Australia to appoint a full time in-house pro bono lawyer and in 2008 the firm appointed its first partner responsible for pro bono, Michelle Hannon. In addition to Michelle, we have two other full time lawyers dedicated entirely to pro bono work and management of the pro bono practice. Our pro bono practice is guided by a committee led by Managing Partner, Danny Gilbert.
All of our lawyers have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to conduct pro bono legal work. The practice, which assisted over 600 clients last financial year, is shared among all lawyers in the firm.
Who we assist
We provide legal advice and representation to individuals who are marginalised and disadvantaged and to community organisations assisting such people. These include not-for-profit and charitable organisations and early stage indigenous businesses with a community focus and benefit.
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