About G+T

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading Australian law firm, advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. We provide commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure and services providers as well as government and public authorities across Australia and around the world.

An international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation and technology and digital, we work on complex issues that shape the market.

“Danny Gilbert and Tony Tobin founded a firm with a distinct personality in the legal world: one with a human and humane personality.” Noel Pearson 10/2/2018

Menzies Hotel, Carrington Street, Sydney, 23 September 1987. Two men sat deep in discussion. They were lawyers about to go into business together. It was time to settle on the name of their firm and make a public declaration. Someone’s surname had to appear first. 

“Let’s toss a coin”, said Danny Gilbert, holding a 20-cent piece.

Tony Tobin called heads, but it was the platypus that landed face up. “Right, that’s settled” he said. Gilbert and Tobin it is.”

The pair shook hands and drank a toast to the future. Danny pocketed the coin – he later scribbled the date on a yellow Post-it note, stuck the note on the coin and put it away for safe keeping.

 

 

Danny Gilbert and Anthony Tobin

Danny grew up on a soldiers’ settlement rice farm to the west of the Riverina town of Griffith, in southwestern NSW. After serving articles at Hickson, Lakeman & Holcombe, he was admitted to practice in 1973. After a short initial stint at Sly & Russell in 1973, Danny relocated to Griffith for 3 years before returning to Sly & Russell in 1976.

Tony was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1972. After commencing his legal career with a Brisbane firm and then spending two years in London, Tony joined Sly and Russell in Sydney in 1976, where he met Danny.

By 1980 both Danny and Tony were partners at Sly & Russell.

In early 1987, Danny and Tony had started talking about combining forces. The two liked and trusted each other enormously and had much in common. Both were family men, well trained lawyers and with an unstated belief in an open, egalitarian workplace culture, where pro bono legal assistance and moral support to the needy and disadvantaged were commonplace.

Today

Now one of Australia’s leading law firms, G+T employs over 700 people with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Our lawyers bring a proactive, innovative, commercial approach, and a relentless drive to deliver superior results.

Awards

We are consistently recognised for the expertise of our lawyers and excellence in client service, both locally and overseas. Some of our most recent awards include:

  • 2019 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia-Pacific; Most Innovative Law Firm in Asia-Pacific, Legal Innovator of the Year (Sam Nickless), Innovation in the Business of Law: Technology
  • Best Lawyers in Australia 2020; Named Law Firm of the Year for Corporate Law and Private Equity Law.  72 G+T partners were also recognised as leaders across 49 areas of law, including 10 who were named Lawyer of the Year in their respective specialisations.
  • 2019 Client Choice Awards; Most Innovative Firm and the firm with the Most Improved Net Promoter Score

Click here to read about all of our awards and recognition.

At G+T, you will find talented and ambitious people who thrive on working on challenging, cutting-edge and rewarding projects, in a friendly and accessible environment. It’s a place that recognises and supports entrepreneurial drive and a willingness to contribute to the shared success of the firm.

G+T’s brilliant cohort of partners, the size of our firm, our diverse and fascinating clients, along with the innovative way in which we approach our work, mean that we advise on some of the most complex, interesting and high profile matters in the market, both domestically and internationally.  We are proudly independent, agile, nimble in responding to our clients’ needs, and at the core of our culture is a care and concern for every one of our employees on an individual basis.


Flat hierarchy

G+T’s structure is egalitarian with very little hierarchy and bureaucracy. All legally trained employees are referred to as “lawyers”. With no formal band structures, lawyers are given opportunities and rewards as early as they are ready to take them, rather than being constrained by their job title. G+T allows its people to tackle new and complex work and to develop quickly, both professionally and personally. This flat structure enables our clerks and graduate lawyers to work directly with more experienced lawyers as well as partners on a variety of matters.

”As a first or maybe second year lawyer, I was asked to present at a client off-site meeting. To clients! At other firms, junior lawyers are never given that kind of exposure. I’d never been so stressed in my life, but it ended up being the best thing for me in terms of building my confidence. Of course it didn’t happen in a vacuum; there was backing.  It is that culture, of doing things differently and letting people step up that explains why the firm has been so successful.” Tim Gole, Partner.

The Business Operations side of our firm is just as empowered and ambitious as our lawyers.  All employees are encouraged to step up and to push into new and innovative ways of approaching their work within a collaborative environment.  


Outstanding pro bono

G+T has always recognised the power of the law to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged and it is the privilege and responsibility of lawyers to ensure the law is accessible to all. G+T was one of the first firms to have two pro bono partners in Australia.

We are committed to helping clients who don’t have access to the justice system or don’t qualify for legal aid. Today the practice is the largest in the country, with five full time lawyers, including two partners.

All lawyers have the opportunity to work alongside our partners and full time pro bono lawyers and to assist our clients who are most in need. We encourage all employees to get involved in one of our pro bono activities.

Read more about our pro bono practice here.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

As part of our CSR agenda, we are committed to activities that make a difference within our firm and to the wider community. Our CSR programs focus on three streams – reconciliation, community programs and the environment.

All employees are encouraged to participate in the CSR program at G+T. Read more about our CSR initiatives here.


Innovation

G+T is built on and thrives on technological disruption. It is in the DNA of the firm. The G+T attitude of embracing innovation has always gone hand in hand with business success.

G+T has a comprehensive innovation strategy that brings together the Gilbert + Tobin team with clients and startups to explore better ways of meeting the needs of our clients, new business models and more efficient business processes.

Our innovation team is made up of leading legal practitioners, consultants and technologists from across the firm, all interested in the future of legal services, moving the law forward and creating new opportunities to better serve our clients.

Project Invigorate

G+T encourages all employees to harness their specialised knowledge and experience to rapidly facilitate the production of new and improved knowledge and innovation materials and projects.

With a significant financial investment from the board and Partnership, “Project Invigorate” is a commitment from G+T that time spent on innovation will be counted as billable for the purposes of performance reviews. This work is indistinguishable from any other billable work and may include testing and training artificial intelligence, the development of new productivity tools, piloting new technology, or knowledge related activities such as drafting or precedent standardisation.


LegalVision

In 2015, G+T became an investor in LegalVision, a startup law firm that uses technology and online processes to deliver quality legal products at the high-volume, standardised end of the market. This strategic move allows us to service both ends of the market – from startup to premium corporate brands.

Partnering with LegalVision has allowed G+T to tap into the dynamic culture of a NewLaw startup, currently achieving month-on-month revenue growth.

They have a founder and other key people, all with equity and all very focused on delivering great outcomes. We wanted to have that kind of culture – we didn’t want to remake LegalVision as just another law firm. Sam Nickless, COO + Partner


Diversity

There is no stereotypical G+T employee. Whether you’re a Lawyer, Executive Assistant or in a Business Operations role, embracing and celebrating the difference in our people is embedded in the culture of G+T. We have a long and proud history of celebrating diversity, equality and fairness for all and have a genuine appreciation that having diverse people around our firm makes us richer.

Diversity Council

We encourage an open dialogue on inclusion at the firm and have a firm Diversity Council dedicated to driving our diversity + inclusion agenda. The five major streams of focus are senior women, gender, flexibility, accessibility and mental wellbeing.

Women in law

We are proud of the fact that we have the highest proportion of female partners (36%) among the major top-tier firms in Australia – however, we know there is more we can do. In November 2018, we announced a 40%  female partner gender target for our partnership by 2023; with a longer term goal of gender parity.  We are supporting this goal with a variety of initiatives including:

  • Market leading parental leave (up to 18 weeks of paid primary parental leave plus three weeks for secondary carers)
  • Superannuation contributions for unpaid portions of parental leave for primary carers
  • Providing employees with a ‘work from home IT kit’ (Project Wings)

We have been a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality since 2014 and Danny Gilbert is a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador. We are one of four Major Partners of the Diversity Council of Australia and we were a founding signatory to the Law Council’s Gender Equitable Briefing Policy.

Click here for more information on G+T’s commitment to building a gender-equal firm.


Reconciliation and indigenous employment

G+T is committed to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our firm as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). At the heart of our RAP is a commitment to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians among our employees. One of the key ways we do this is through our Indigenous cadetship program.

Danny Gilbert is co-chair of the Cape York Partnership has taken a leading role in promoting the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Danny and G+T's indigenous recognition can be noted by the long standing relationships with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations through the work of our Pro Bono practice.


Accessibility

G+T’s ambition is to be a place where we can say proudly that “all of what we do and say, and how we do it, is automatically and naturally inclusive of disability”. We are also a Silver Member of the Australia Network on Disability. Partner Darren Fittler leads the accessibility stream of the Diversity Council, committed to ensuring that accessibility is considered in all firm initiatives.

OUT@G+T

Fundamental to G+T’s values is recognising the right of our LGBTI employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination. When it was announced on 15 November 2018 that the majority of Australians had voted in favour of same-sex marriage, G+T employees were delighted.

OUT is G+T’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) and allies group. OUT’s objective is to ensure the firm continues to celebrate diversity, including for all LGBTI staff, as a fundamental value of the firm.

“On the day of the postal vote announcement, OUT organised what we thought would be a modestly attended event to watch the result. Literally hundreds turned up in the Sydney and Melbourne offices and people came into the Perth office early. When the result was announced, a huge cheer went up, and in that moment, I realised what had been the thread of my loyalty and that of many others to G+T – its humanness.” Peter Waters, Consultant & former Partner.

G+T is a proud member of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s leading workplace program for inclusion of LGBTI employees.

G+T prides itself on being a great place to work. Our benefits are designed to help our employees manage all of their lifestyle needs and to reward them for being part of the team.

From financial rewards to health and wellbeing, outstanding L+D opportunities, flexibility and innovation – click here for all the benefits of being part of the G+T team.

 

 

About G+T

Gilbert + Tobin is a leading Australian law firm, advising clients on their most significant corporate transactions, regulatory matters and disputes. We provide commercial and innovative legal solutions for ASX 100 leading companies, major infrastructure and services providers as well as government and public authorities across Australia and around the world.

An international leader in M&A, private equity, capital markets, competition and regulation and technology and digital, we work on complex issues that shape the market.

Our Story

“Danny Gilbert and Tony Tobin founded a firm with a distinct personality in the legal world: one with a human and humane personality.” Noel Pearson 10/2/2018

Menzies Hotel, Carrington Street, Sydney, 23 September 1987. Two men sat deep in discussion. They were lawyers about to go into business together. It was time to settle on the name of their firm and make a public declaration. Someone’s surname had to appear first. 

“Let’s toss a coin”, said Danny Gilbert, holding a 20-cent piece.

Tony Tobin called heads, but it was the platypus that landed face up. “Right, that’s settled” he said. Gilbert and Tobin it is.”

The pair shook hands and drank a toast to the future. Danny pocketed the coin – he later scribbled the date on a yellow Post-it note, stuck the note on the coin and put it away for safe keeping.

 

 

Danny Gilbert and Anthony Tobin

Danny grew up on a soldiers’ settlement rice farm to the west of the Riverina town of Griffith, in southwestern NSW. After serving articles at Hickson, Lakeman & Holcombe, he was admitted to practice in 1973. After a short initial stint at Sly & Russell in 1973, Danny relocated to Griffith for 3 years before returning to Sly & Russell in 1976.

Tony was admitted as a solicitor in Queensland in 1972. After commencing his legal career with a Brisbane firm and then spending two years in London, Tony joined Sly and Russell in Sydney in 1976, where he met Danny.

By 1980 both Danny and Tony were partners at Sly & Russell.

In early 1987, Danny and Tony had started talking about combining forces. The two liked and trusted each other enormously and had much in common. Both were family men, well trained lawyers and with an unstated belief in an open, egalitarian workplace culture, where pro bono legal assistance and moral support to the needy and disadvantaged were commonplace.

Today

Now one of Australia’s leading law firms, G+T employs over 700 people with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Our lawyers bring a proactive, innovative, commercial approach, and a relentless drive to deliver superior results.

Awards

We are consistently recognised for the expertise of our lawyers and excellence in client service, both locally and overseas. Some of our most recent awards include:

  • 2019 Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Awards Asia-Pacific; Most Innovative Law Firm in Asia-Pacific, Legal Innovator of the Year (Sam Nickless), Innovation in the Business of Law: Technology
  • Best Lawyers in Australia 2020; Named Law Firm of the Year for Corporate Law and Private Equity Law.  72 G+T partners were also recognised as leaders across 49 areas of law, including 10 who were named Lawyer of the Year in their respective specialisations.
  • 2019 Client Choice Awards; Most Innovative Firm and the firm with the Most Improved Net Promoter Score

Click here to read about all of our awards and recognition.

Culture + Diversity

At G+T, you will find talented and ambitious people who thrive on working on challenging, cutting-edge and rewarding projects, in a friendly and accessible environment. It’s a place that recognises and supports entrepreneurial drive and a willingness to contribute to the shared success of the firm.

G+T’s brilliant cohort of partners, the size of our firm, our diverse and fascinating clients, along with the innovative way in which we approach our work, mean that we advise on some of the most complex, interesting and high profile matters in the market, both domestically and internationally.  We are proudly independent, agile, nimble in responding to our clients’ needs, and at the core of our culture is a care and concern for every one of our employees on an individual basis.


Flat hierarchy

G+T’s structure is egalitarian with very little hierarchy and bureaucracy. All legally trained employees are referred to as “lawyers”. With no formal band structures, lawyers are given opportunities and rewards as early as they are ready to take them, rather than being constrained by their job title. G+T allows its people to tackle new and complex work and to develop quickly, both professionally and personally. This flat structure enables our clerks and graduate lawyers to work directly with more experienced lawyers as well as partners on a variety of matters.

”As a first or maybe second year lawyer, I was asked to present at a client off-site meeting. To clients! At other firms, junior lawyers are never given that kind of exposure. I’d never been so stressed in my life, but it ended up being the best thing for me in terms of building my confidence. Of course it didn’t happen in a vacuum; there was backing.  It is that culture, of doing things differently and letting people step up that explains why the firm has been so successful.” Tim Gole, Partner.

The Business Operations side of our firm is just as empowered and ambitious as our lawyers.  All employees are encouraged to step up and to push into new and innovative ways of approaching their work within a collaborative environment.  


Outstanding pro bono

G+T has always recognised the power of the law to improve the lives of people who are disadvantaged and it is the privilege and responsibility of lawyers to ensure the law is accessible to all. G+T was one of the first firms to have two pro bono partners in Australia.

We are committed to helping clients who don’t have access to the justice system or don’t qualify for legal aid. Today the practice is the largest in the country, with five full time lawyers, including two partners.

All lawyers have the opportunity to work alongside our partners and full time pro bono lawyers and to assist our clients who are most in need. We encourage all employees to get involved in one of our pro bono activities.

Read more about our pro bono practice here.


Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

As part of our CSR agenda, we are committed to activities that make a difference within our firm and to the wider community. Our CSR programs focus on three streams – reconciliation, community programs and the environment.

All employees are encouraged to participate in the CSR program at G+T. Read more about our CSR initiatives here.


Innovation

G+T is built on and thrives on technological disruption. It is in the DNA of the firm. The G+T attitude of embracing innovation has always gone hand in hand with business success.

G+T has a comprehensive innovation strategy that brings together the Gilbert + Tobin team with clients and startups to explore better ways of meeting the needs of our clients, new business models and more efficient business processes.

Our innovation team is made up of leading legal practitioners, consultants and technologists from across the firm, all interested in the future of legal services, moving the law forward and creating new opportunities to better serve our clients.

Project Invigorate

G+T encourages all employees to harness their specialised knowledge and experience to rapidly facilitate the production of new and improved knowledge and innovation materials and projects.

With a significant financial investment from the board and Partnership, “Project Invigorate” is a commitment from G+T that time spent on innovation will be counted as billable for the purposes of performance reviews. This work is indistinguishable from any other billable work and may include testing and training artificial intelligence, the development of new productivity tools, piloting new technology, or knowledge related activities such as drafting or precedent standardisation.


LegalVision

In 2015, G+T became an investor in LegalVision, a startup law firm that uses technology and online processes to deliver quality legal products at the high-volume, standardised end of the market. This strategic move allows us to service both ends of the market – from startup to premium corporate brands.

Partnering with LegalVision has allowed G+T to tap into the dynamic culture of a NewLaw startup, currently achieving month-on-month revenue growth.

They have a founder and other key people, all with equity and all very focused on delivering great outcomes. We wanted to have that kind of culture – we didn’t want to remake LegalVision as just another law firm. Sam Nickless, COO + Partner


Diversity

There is no stereotypical G+T employee. Whether you’re a Lawyer, Executive Assistant or in a Business Operations role, embracing and celebrating the difference in our people is embedded in the culture of G+T. We have a long and proud history of celebrating diversity, equality and fairness for all and have a genuine appreciation that having diverse people around our firm makes us richer.

Diversity Council

We encourage an open dialogue on inclusion at the firm and have a firm Diversity Council dedicated to driving our diversity + inclusion agenda. The five major streams of focus are senior women, gender, flexibility, accessibility and mental wellbeing.

Women in law

We are proud of the fact that we have the highest proportion of female partners (36%) among the major top-tier firms in Australia – however, we know there is more we can do. In November 2018, we announced a 40%  female partner gender target for our partnership by 2023; with a longer term goal of gender parity.  We are supporting this goal with a variety of initiatives including:

  • Market leading parental leave (up to 18 weeks of paid primary parental leave plus three weeks for secondary carers)
  • Superannuation contributions for unpaid portions of parental leave for primary carers
  • Providing employees with a ‘work from home IT kit’ (Project Wings)

We have been a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality since 2014 and Danny Gilbert is a WGEA Pay Equity Ambassador. We are one of four Major Partners of the Diversity Council of Australia and we were a founding signatory to the Law Council’s Gender Equitable Briefing Policy.

Click here for more information on G+T’s commitment to building a gender-equal firm.


Reconciliation and indigenous employment

G+T is committed to employing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in our firm as part of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). At the heart of our RAP is a commitment to increase the representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians among our employees. One of the key ways we do this is through our Indigenous cadetship program.

Danny Gilbert is co-chair of the Cape York Partnership has taken a leading role in promoting the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Danny and G+T's indigenous recognition can be noted by the long standing relationships with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations through the work of our Pro Bono practice.


Accessibility

G+T’s ambition is to be a place where we can say proudly that “all of what we do and say, and how we do it, is automatically and naturally inclusive of disability”. We are also a Silver Member of the Australia Network on Disability. Partner Darren Fittler leads the accessibility stream of the Diversity Council, committed to ensuring that accessibility is considered in all firm initiatives.

OUT@G+T

Fundamental to G+T’s values is recognising the right of our LGBTI employees to live and work, free of prejudice and discrimination. When it was announced on 15 November 2018 that the majority of Australians had voted in favour of same-sex marriage, G+T employees were delighted.

OUT is G+T’s LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) and allies group. OUT’s objective is to ensure the firm continues to celebrate diversity, including for all LGBTI staff, as a fundamental value of the firm.

“On the day of the postal vote announcement, OUT organised what we thought would be a modestly attended event to watch the result. Literally hundreds turned up in the Sydney and Melbourne offices and people came into the Perth office early. When the result was announced, a huge cheer went up, and in that moment, I realised what had been the thread of my loyalty and that of many others to G+T – its humanness.” Peter Waters, Consultant & former Partner.

G+T is a proud member of Pride in Diversity, Australia’s leading workplace program for inclusion of LGBTI employees.

Benefits

G+T prides itself on being a great place to work. Our benefits are designed to help our employees manage all of their lifestyle needs and to reward them for being part of the team.

From financial rewards to health and wellbeing, outstanding L+D opportunities, flexibility and innovation – click here for all the benefits of being part of the G+T team.