Women at 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 attributes of High Performance, Innovation, Authenticity and Collaboration continue to grow.
We have developed a number of professional development programs specifically designed to inform, support and inspire women at all levels of the firm. Recognising that each woman has 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.
Gilbert + Tobin has a depth of female talent: approximately one third of our partners are female, women account for around 64% of our total employee numbers, with many taking advantage of one of our flexible working arrangements, including a number of our partners.
However, statistics are only part of the story. Many of our women hold leadership positions in the firm as Group and People Leaders and members of the G+T Board:
- Sheila McGregor is the Group Leader for TMT and is a member of the Board. Sheila is a Director of the Australian Indigenous Chamber of Commerce. Sheila was the President of the Royal Hospital for Women's Foundation, Randwick, NSW (until October 2014).
- Kate Harrison is the Group Leader for Litigation and holds a joint position with Colleen Platford on the Board.
- Elizabeth Avery is the People Leader for Competition and Regulation.
- 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 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:
- Janet Whiting, Partner, is the current President of the Council of Trustees of the National Gallery of Victoria, the first woman to hold the position in the Gallery’s 154 year history. In 2015, Janet was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her significant service to the community through the arts, health and major events sectors and as a legal professional and was inducted onto the 2015 Victorian Honour Roll of Women by the Premier of Victoria. In September 2015, Janet was named one of Australia’s 10 Most Influential Women in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards and won the category for Culture.
- Moya Dodd, Partner, is a former Australian team representative with the Matildas, is the first Australian woman to be appointed to the FIFA Executive Committee, serves as an Executive Committee Member of the Asian Football Confederation, is a Board Member of Football Federation Australia, member of the International Council of Arbitration for Sport and named 2016 overall winner of the AFR’s Top 100 Women of Influence.
- Michelle Hannon, Partner, is a director of the National Pro Bono Resource Centre and is a former director of the Public Interest Law Clearing House.
- Gina Cass-Gottlieb was appointed by the Commonwealth Treasurer as a director on the Reserve Bank Payment Systems Board. Gina is also a board member of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation and of the Advisory Board Graduate Program in Competition Law, Melbourne Law School.
- Bernadette Jew, Consultant, is President of the Management Committee and Foundation Committee for the Sydney Contemporary Orchestra (SCO). Comprised of 60 professional musicians, the SCO is dedicated to new orchestral compositions.
Gilbert + Tobin is a member of the Diversity Council of Australia and has been named an Employer of Choice for Women by the Equal Opportunity for Women in the Workplace Agency (EOWA) in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) in 2013 and 2014.
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 celebrate the First 100 Years of Women in Law, The Law Society of New South Wales has released a commemorative video charting the key milestones for women lawyers in Australia. The short video includes interviews with partners, young lawyers and law students, drawing in voices from across the spectrum of the legal profession. Gilbert + Tobin partners Gina Cass-Gottlieb and Rachael Bassil each share their experiences on coming through the ranks as a woman lawyer and what they see for the future of women in law. G+T Managing Partner Danny Gilbert talks about how talent and capacity are not owned by gender. This year is the centenary of the Women's Legal Status Act 1918 (NSW) which paved the way for women to become lawyers for the first time in NSW.
Each year Gilbert + Tobin holds a range of events exploring issues relating to women, from career progression, to ‘leaning in’, to finding your voice. Our recent Women at G+T event gave junior women an opportunity to learn more about goal-setting and maintaining high performance in small group discussions with our leading senior women.