Corporate Citizenship

Right from our inception in 1988 we have taken seriously our responsibilities to the communities in which we work and live.  From our pioneering pro bono program, which utilises our legal expertise to address social injustice, to the fact that we have been carbon neutral since 2017, to our work supporting the development of Indigenous lawyers, we strive to contribute to a more just and sustainable future.

ENVIRONMENT
RECONCILIATION

We actively engage with the social and environmental impacts of our operations.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program specifically focuses on three streams – community, reconciliation and the environment. Through these programs we:

  • Work to ensure the justice system is accessible to everyone by helping parts of the community who cannot afford legal assistance;
  • Monitor, improve and report on our environmental performance to our key clients, and to the public;
  • Commit with our suppliers of goods and services to achieve better environmental and social sustainability by managing our procurement processes;
  • Maintain an open work place where staff are encouraged to commit to causes, and provide the flexibility to enable them to do that.

We report on our CSR performance to the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA). AusLSA is an industry-led association working collaboratively to improve sustainability in the legal profession.  AusLSA’s sustainability framework includes sustainable and inclusive workplaces, community support, environmental conservation and responsible governance. See G+T’s performance in the AusLSA 2019 Legal Sector Sustainability Update.

We continue to look for ways to improve our contribution as a responsible corporate citizen.

THE WOMEN'S CIRCLE
WOMEN AT G+T
OUT AT G+T

We are committed to taking actions that make Gilbert + Tobin a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We know that including diverse people in our firm makes us stronger. We find that more diverse groups of people bring different, valuable perspectives to our problem solving.

Embracing and celebrating the difference in our people is embedded in our culture at Gilbert + Tobin.

At Gilbert + Tobin, pro bono is a vital part of who we are and what we do. We are proud proponents of social justice and since the firm’s beginning in 1988, pro bono work has been an integral part of our practice.

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.

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 special counsel Laura Lombardo and three full-time pro bono lawyers together with paralegals from our Indigenous Legal Cadetship Program.

Pro bono is not only the domain of the pro bono team.  Pro bono work is undertaken by lawyers across the firm. In 2019-2020, the firm completed more than 25,459 hours of pro bono work at an average of 57.5 hours per lawyer, conservatively valued at $12.8 million.

Corporate Social Responsibility

ENVIRONMENT
RECONCILIATION

We actively engage with the social and environmental impacts of our operations.

Our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program specifically focuses on three streams – community, reconciliation and the environment. Through these programs we:

  • Work to ensure the justice system is accessible to everyone by helping parts of the community who cannot afford legal assistance;
  • Monitor, improve and report on our environmental performance to our key clients, and to the public;
  • Commit with our suppliers of goods and services to achieve better environmental and social sustainability by managing our procurement processes;
  • Maintain an open work place where staff are encouraged to commit to causes, and provide the flexibility to enable them to do that.

We report on our CSR performance to the Australian Legal Sector Alliance (AusLSA). AusLSA is an industry-led association working collaboratively to improve sustainability in the legal profession.  AusLSA’s sustainability framework includes sustainable and inclusive workplaces, community support, environmental conservation and responsible governance. See G+T’s performance in the AusLSA 2019 Legal Sector Sustainability Update.

We continue to look for ways to improve our contribution as a responsible corporate citizen.

Diversity

THE WOMEN'S CIRCLE
WOMEN AT G+T
OUT AT G+T

We are committed to taking actions that make Gilbert + Tobin a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We know that including diverse people in our firm makes us stronger. We find that more diverse groups of people bring different, valuable perspectives to our problem solving.

Embracing and celebrating the difference in our people is embedded in our culture at Gilbert + Tobin.

Pro Bono

At Gilbert + Tobin, pro bono is a vital part of who we are and what we do. We are proud proponents of social justice and since the firm’s beginning in 1988, pro bono work has been an integral part of our practice.

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.

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 special counsel Laura Lombardo and three full-time pro bono lawyers together with paralegals from our Indigenous Legal Cadetship Program.

Pro bono is not only the domain of the pro bono team.  Pro bono work is undertaken by lawyers across the firm. In 2019-2020, the firm completed more than 25,459 hours of pro bono work at an average of 57.5 hours per lawyer, conservatively valued at $12.8 million.