At Gilbert + Tobin we believe that, as lawyers, we are the housekeepers of the legal system. It is our responsibility to ensure that the system is just and equitable, and that everyone in our society has access to legal representation and advice.
We are proud proponents of social justice for everyone, and focus on providing advice and support to marginalised and disadvantaged people and the organisations supporting them. We have a particular focus on Indigenous people and organisations, people with disabilities, refugees and human rights matters. We work hard to ensure our services are accessible to people who need them, both in the cities and in rural and remote Australia.
We assist people with matters that impact on their day-to-day lives; matters such as challenging discrimination, ensuring people can access their employment entitlements, keeping people in appropriate housing, seeking victims compensation, applying for refugee status, in legal planning for the future and on credit and debt matters.
We act for not-for-profit organisations supporting our pro bono clients. We help those organisations with their own legal needs so they can focus on helping the people they serve. We also work with clients to address social injustice through law and policy reform including drafting submissions, public interest litigation and general advocacy. In addition to the work we do at Gilbert + Tobin we have a range of outreach programs where we provide legal advice to some of the most marginalised and disadvantaged people in our community.
We provide advice at the Marrickville Legal Centre, MOSAIC, Matthew Talbot Homeless Shelter and the Asylum Seeker Centre on a weekly basis. We conduct legal clinics everywhere from Brewarrina to Campbelltown.
Gilbert + Tobin is a pro bono pioneer; we appointed Australia’s first full-time in-house pro bono lawyer in 1996 and we have had a full-time pro bono partner, Michelle Hannon, since 2008. Our pro bono team has grown as we have grown. In addition to Michelle, we have four full-time lawyers in our pro bono team and pro bono work is undertaken by lawyers across the firm. In 2014-15, the firm completed more than 17,477.20 hours of pro bono work at an average of 64.13 hours per lawyer.
Some of our lawyers involved with pro bono also had the pleasure of visiting Lirrwi in North East Arnhem Land in 2015. Please click through to view the video about their experience.