At Gilbert + Tobin, pro bono is a vital part of what we do and who we are. We are proud proponents of social justice for everyone, and focus on providing advice and support to marginalised and disadvantaged people.
We have a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and organisations, people with disabilities, refugees and human rights matters. We work tirelessly to ensure our services are accessible to people who need them, both in the cities and in rural and remote Australia.
Gilbert + Tobin is a pro bono pioneer. Pro bono has been a feature of our practice since the firm’s beginning in 1988, and in 1996 we became the first firm in Australia to appoint a full-time, in house pro bono lawyer. We now have two full-time pro bono partners, Michelle Hannon and Anne Cregan.
Pro bono is not just the domain of Michelle and Anne’s team – pro bono work is undertaken by lawyers across the firm. In 2018-19, the firm completed more than 20,844 hours of pro bono work at an average of 53.1 hours per lawyer, conservatively valued at $10.6 million.