The Alliance for Journalists’ Freedom has released a White Paper, ‘Press Freedom in Australia’, co-authored by G+T partner Chris Flynn. The White Paper makes seven recommendations for legislative change to strengthen media freedom nationally. This is all the more important in light of the recent AFP raids over the ‘Afghan Files’ articles.
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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander 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, 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 disadvantage people in our community. We provide advice at the Marrickville Legal Centre and the Asylum Seeker Centre on a weekly basis. We also run a weekly telephone advice roster in conjunction with the Central Coast Community Legal Centre (Wyong) and Western NSW Community Legal Centre (Dubbo). 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. We appointed a second full-time pro bono partner, Anne Cregan, in 2016. Our pro bono team has grown as we have grown. In addition to Michelle and Anne, we have four full-time lawyers in our pro bono team and pro bono work is undertaken by lawyers across the firm. In 2017-18, the firm completed more than 21,314 hours of pro bono work at an average of 62.3 hours per lawyer, conservatively valued at $10.4M.
- Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, 2017 Justice Awards, Pro Bono Partnership Award, presented to Dharriwaa Elders Group and ALS Moree with Gilbert + Tobin.
- Gilbert + Tobin won Best Firm for Pro Bono at the 2014 Euromoney Legal Media Australasian Women in Business Law Awards.
- Gilbert + Tobin won Best Firm for Pro Bono at the 2013 Euromoney Legal Media Australasian Women in Business Law Awards.