Think ahead. Melbourne Perth Sydney 2014
Fast-track your career with Australiaâ€™s most progressive independent law firm.
Success begins with the ability to think beyond tomorrow. To see the impact todayâ€™s decisions will have in the years to come.
Gilbert + Tobin at a glance Melbourne Practice groups: Banking + Finance Competition + Regulation Corporate Advisory Technology, Media and Telecommunications + Project Services
Perth Practice groups: Corporate Advisory Energy + Resources Litigation
Sydney Practice groups: Banking + Finance Competition + Regulation Corporate Advisory Energy + Resources Intellectual Property Litigation Real Estate + Projects Technology, Media and Telecommunications + Project Services
Like many of the world’s most innovative and successful firms, Gilbert + Tobin began with a simple premise: to be the best provider of legal services in our chosen areas of practice.
After more than 25 years, the firm is well and truly delivering on that premise. During that time, we’ve attracted the brightest legal minds in the country, and worked with some of the world’s most successful organisations on groundbreaking projects and matters.
We draw specialists from across our practice areas to advise clients on some of the most complex matters in the market. Our lawyers collaborate regularly, fostering strong working relationships and enhancing our services to clients.
â€œ This is a place where you can make a name for yourself through the transactions and projects you work on.
Gilbert + Tobin If you share our ambition to be the best, Gilbert + Tobin will place you on that trajectory. We have a diverse mix of highly talented and ambitious people who are attracted to the firm because of its entrepreneurial spirit, creative approach and capacity for change. These are the reasons we enjoy a reputation as the most successful corporate law firm to emerge in Australia in many years.
Why should you choose Gilbert + Tobin over other leading firms? Think ahead five or 10 years and you’ll understand why we are the smart career choice. We’re an independent firm with a flat structure, which means our clerks and graduates have access to lawyers and partners who are experts in their fields, and matters that will improve your skill set and career prospects. Everyone at Gilbert + Tobin is given the opportunity to take on challenging work (including pro bono), expand their experience, and take responsibility for clients and their work. We advise many of Australia’s and the world’s leading organisations and focus on the most dynamic and evolving industry sectors. Our clients and projects span Australia, Asia and emerging African markets.
Put simply, this is a place where you can make a name for yourself through the transactions and projects you work on. But it’s not just the quality of the legal work that makes Gilbert + Tobin a great place to be. We also know how to have fun and hold many social activities throughout the year. If you want to work in a first-tier corporate law firm, and you want to be the best you can be, we would be delighted to hear from you.
Danny Gilbert, AM Managing Partner
Gilbert + Tobin’s B+F team is ‘very knowledgeable, very experienced, and willing to come up with ideas that may be outside the box’… ‘Their advice is always professional, timely and commercial’.” IFLR 1000, 2013
Our Banking + Finance group acts for banks, corporate borrowers, funds and sponsors on a range of financial transactions and projects, from high-value corporate transactions to complex debt restructurings. The group’s success is reflected in its rapid growth – in 2013 we welcomed three new Banking + Finance partners into our Sydney and Melbourne offices from other major firms.
Clerks and graduates in Banking + Finance work on a wide range of transactions across acquisition finance, project finance, public– private partnerships (PPPs), structured finance, real estate finance, debt capital markets, and insolvency and restructuring.
Our lawyers advise some of Australia’s and the world’s largest financial institutions, investment banks, corporations, private equity funds and hedge funds, and work on a mix of domestic and international transactions. Many of our lawyers have practised in other jurisdictions in Asia, Europe and the United States.
To achieve our clients’ business goals, our Banking + Finance lawyers work closely with other practice groups, in particular Corporate Advisory. They also work in house with our clients. As a result, our clerks and graduates gain exposure to some of the world’s leading companies and business leaders.
“Graduates in our group have exposure to a number of different types of work,” explains Partner and Practice Group Leader John Schembri. “They have the opportunity to assist on some of the largest cutting-edge transactions taking place in the Australian market.”
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Project Finance You’ll work alongside lawyers who specialise in debt and equity financing arrangements, project formation, structuring and implementation on projects including PPPs, special infrastructure, property development, transport, power and energy, mining and resources, and oil and gas. Our clients include the leading Australian and foreign project finance lenders, and sovereign wealth and other funds that invest in major infrastructure projects.
Corporate + Leveraged Finance Our clerks and graduates assist lawyers who advise major listed companies on corporate debt arrangements, and work with private equity firms and corporate and institutional clients on large, complex leveraged acquisitions. We also advise Australia’s Big Four banks and the major local and foreign investment banks as providers of leveraged debt.
Restructuring + Insolvency During corporate reconstructions and insolvencies we advise banks, financial institutions, distressed debt funds and corporations in financial distress in relation to standstill arrangements, debt restructuring, security enforcement, intercreditor agreements, and sales out of administration or receivership. You may be asked to assist lawyers providing general advice to directors, receivers, administrators and liquidators.
Structured + Debt Capital Markets Our specialists in debt capital markets advise on securitisations, note program establishment, credit-wrapped notes, US and domestic private placement and Islamic bonds.
Rankings In Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013, B+F Partner John Schembri is ranked in Band 1 for Acquisition Finance, Simon Lynch is ranked in Band 1 for Acquisition and Corporate Finance, and Partner Dominic Emmett is ranked in Band 1 for Restructuring and Insolvency. Partners James Lewis and Damian McNair are recognised as leading lawyers. In IFLR 1000, 2013, B+F Partners Ros O’Mally, John Schembri and Duncan McGrath are recognised as leading lawyers. Alexander Danne is recognised as a Rising Star.
Banking+ Finance Clients we work with ANZ Bank, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, NAB, Westpac and foreign banks on a number of PPPs and bids including Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison, New Bendigo Hospital, Perth Stadium, Queensland Schools, Ravenhall Prison, Sunshine Coast University Hospital, and the Sydney Convention Centre. Centerbridge/Oaktree consortium on its recapitalisation and refinancing of Billabong International Limited.
Commonwealth Bank of Australia on the update of its $70 billion Euro MediumTerm Note (EMTN) program. Credit Suisse AG as agent and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC as co–lead arranger in relation to the US$325 million Term Loan B facilities for Atlas Iron Group, and US$5 billion secured debt facilities for the Fortescue Metals Group. Spanish company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures on the successful development and financing of the Royalla solar farm in the ACT – Australia’s largest solar farm.
Healthscope on its project financing and negotiations with Queensland Health, and with a consortium of financiers comprising Commonwealth Bank of Australia, SMBC and Industry Funds Management, in relation to the Gold Coast Private Hospital. Nine Entertainment Co. on its restructure by scheme of arrangement, valued at $3.4 billion. NSW Treasury Corporation on the amendment of its $10 billion EMTN program and its Japanese shelf registration.
Pacific Equity Partners and Spotless Group on the refinancing of Spotless Group’s facilities, which was jointly arranged by Deutsche Bank (as leftside lead), Barclays Bank, Goldman Sachs and UBS, valued at US$845 million and A$200 million (first lien) and US$235 million (second lien). Westpac on the banking and finance aspects of its acquisition of the Australian assets of Lloyds Bank.
“ They cover all requirements, with contacts worldwide for overseas advice, quick response times – especially when deadlines are tight – and good, clear advice. Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
“ Andrew Bullock ‘heads the practice and is highly regarded by sources, who see him as one of its chief assets. He is particularly noted for his combination of M&A and private equity expertise’. Peter Cook ‘commands huge respect amongst clients and peers. Without a doubt he is one of the best legal negotiators you’ll come across.’ Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
Cross-border networks Looking for international transaction experience? Gilbert + Tobin is the smart career choice. Because we’re an independent firm, we attract referrals from firms all over the world that regard global firms with offices in Australia as their competitors.
Gilbert + Tobin has longstanding and deep relationships with a number of leading overseas firms. Our international network includes the top US law firms; Magic Circle firms that don’t have Australian operations, such as Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and Slaughter and May; and many other topranking independent firms in key jurisdictions.
CorporateAdvis Gilbert + Tobin’s Corporate Advisory group is a dynamic place to kick-start your career. You’ll work alongside partners who are recognised as the best in Australia at what they do. “Capital markets work is about a third of what we do, alongside mergers and acquisitions, and private equity work,” says Partner John Williamson-Noble. “It’s an exciting area and the atmosphere is busy, but very enthusiastic and friendly.”
Over the past decade, the group has been involved in many of Australia’s largest and most market-shaping deals. As a member of our team, you’ll be exposed to a large and diverse client base that includes listed companies in all sectors, investment banks, institutional investors, government agencies, large privately owned companies, private equity firms and other financial investors.
According to Partner Andrew Bullock, Corporate Advisory is a great place for clerks and graduates to broaden their legal skills. “The work is very interesting because it’s transactionbased,” he explains. “And because no two transactions are the same, the work never becomes predictable. This is part of the attraction of being in the group.”
Clerks and graduates in Corporate Advisory may also gain insight into the firm’s other practice areas. To successfully facilitate major transactions, you will be part of a team that includes specialists from areas such as Competition + Regulation, Banking + Finance and Real Estate + Projects.
Learn from our leaders Mergers + Acquisitions Our M+A partners are among the best in Australia, and the M+A team is one of the strongest in the Asia Pacific region. Our lawyers have a reputation for closing transactions in the face of significant challenges, and are regularly approached to act on Australia’s most difficult and strategic transactions. You’ll be part of a team whose reputation ensures Gilbert + Tobin attracts an array of high-profile clients.
Private Equity The firm’s Corporate Advisory group incorporates what is regarded as Australia’s leading private equity practice. The team’s strength lies in its ability to effectively manage and close large structured deals, due to a deep knowledge of clients’ requirements and a constant eye on novel opportunities. If you’re serious about becoming a specialist in private equity, this is the place to be.
Equity Capital Markets Our Corporate Advisory group includes one of the strongest equity capital markets teams in Australia, and a number of our partners are recognised as market leaders. You’ll work with specialists renowned for providing groundbreaking advice on new and existing structures and financial products. The team has acted for many listed corporations and regularly acts for global investment banks and underwriters on equity capital market transactions. The team combines leading technical ability with a commercial overlay.
Funds Management Gilbert + Tobin’s funds management specialists provide advice to private equity, real estate and infrastructure funds managers; large corporations, banks and underwriters; and institutional investors across the entire funds management lifecycle. We do this regardless of the nature or location of the investors in the fund, the type of fund structure or the fund’s investment focus. The team is considered to be a market leader in mid-cap private equity and venture capital funds establishment. In recent years, we’ve acted on the establishment of almost all of these types of funds.
Clients we work with Nine Entertainment Co. on its initial public offering (IPO), which implied its enterprise value at $2.53 billion to $2.77 billion, based on the indicative price range set out in the IPO prospectus. Westpac on its $1.45 billion acquisition of the Australian assets of Lloyds Bank. Centerbridge/Oaktree consortium on its $271 million recapitalisation of Billabong International Limited, and its Takeover Panel application regarding the affairs of Billabong.
Tax Gilbert + Tobin’s tax lawyers are part of the Corporate Advisory group. As a tax specialist, you’ll work collaboratively with other lawyers across all practice groups to provide taxation advice on a broad range of commercial transactions. Clerks and graduates will have the chance to assist lawyers working closely with external advisers and client teams, providing advice and developing tax-effective structures to minimise the risk of later disputes.
GrainCorp on the proposed $3 billion takeover bid by Archer Daniels Midlands. SP AusNet on its $824 million (20%) selldown to State Grid of China by Singapore Power, a major shareholder. HOCHTIEF AirPort GmbH on the $308 million sale of 5.79% of the Sydney Airport listed entity to the Canadian Public Pension Investment Board. Sundance Resources on its $40 million capital raising through the issue of convertible notes to the Noble Group.
Calvin Klein on the formation of a joint venture in Australia to sell the Calvin Klein clothing brand in Australia and New Zealand. Cover-More, iSelect and LifeHealthcare on their IPOs. The underwriter on IPOs for Dick Smith, Virtus Health and Redcape Hotel Group.
Australia Post The Blackstone Group L.P. The Carlyle Group CHAMP Private Equity Country Road Credit Suisse Crescent Capital Partners Dulux Group Hastings Funds Management IFM Investments NSW Treasury Orica Pacific Equity Partners Quadrant Private Equity Silver Lake Resources Telstra Wesfarmers
In Chambers Global, 2014, Gilbert + Tobin is ranked in Band 1 for Corporate/M+A and Band 1 for Private Equity. Tony Bancroft is highlighted as a Senior Statesman. Andrew Bullock is ranked in Band 1 for Private Equity. Peter Cook is ranked in Band 1 for Corporate/M+A and Private Equity. In IFLR 1000, 2013, our M+A practice is ranked Tier 1. In IFLR 1000, 2014, Tony Bancroft, Peter Cook and John WilliamsonNoble are recognised as leading lawyers in M+A. Peter Cook and Rachael Bassil are recognised as leading lawyers in Capital Markets: Equity. Sarah Turner is listed as a Rising Star.
Energy+ Resources Clients we work with
Our Energy + Resources group advises clients on all areas of the sector including oil and gas, energy and utilities, mining and resources, and renewable energy.
The group’s mix of corporate, regulatory and project experience enables our graduates to gain insight into the entire lifecycle of a project – including finance, acquisitions and disposals, development, construction, regulation and operations. As well as being highly experienced resources lawyers, some of Gilbert + Tobin’s partners have been non-executive directors of listed and unlisted exploration, mining and gas companies. You’ll work closely with these partners and can take advantage of their firsthand experience of the many complex legal and commercial issues that arise in the energy and resources sector.
Apache Energy Limited on the negotiation of its longterm gas supply contract with Burrup Fertilisers. Cauldron Energy Limited on tenure issues, including applications for forfeiture and contested applications to the Mining Warden for the grant of mining tenements. Iluka Resources Limited on the acquisition of the Puttalam Project in Sri Lanka. Iron Ore Holdings Limited on its agreement with Mineral Resources Limited for the development of the Iron Valley Project. Pluton Resources Limited on its Irvine Island Iron Ore Project, the acquisition of the Cockatoo Iron Ore Project, and the creation and operation of a mining joint venture for the Cockatoo Iron Ore Project.
Premier Coal Limited on contractual disputes, contested mining lease applications before the Mining Warden, environmental approvals and State Agreement issues. Pura Vida Energy NL on farming out a 52% operating interest in its Mazagan asset, near Morocco, to Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, Inc. for US$230 million. St Barbara Limited on the negotiation and preparation of an asset sale agreement for the sale of its Southern Cross operations to Hanking Gold Mining Pty Ltd. Sundance Resources Limited on its agreement with the Republic of Cameroon and negotiations with the Republic of the Congo to establish a $4.5 billion iron ore project in both countries.
Troy Resources Limited on the sale of its Sandstone Gold Project to Southern Cross Goldfields Limited, including mining tenements, land and a 600,000-tonneper-annum gold carbon in leach (CIL) plant.
They are very experienced in their areas of expertise, and understand the resources industry very well. An outstanding firm with real customer focus.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013
The ‘excellent’ Michael Blakiston is recommended and the team in Perth is at ‘the top of its field’.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2013
Learn from our leaders Mining + Resources Our Energy + Resources group regularly advises publicly listed and private Australian and international companies involved in resource exploration, development and operation. The commodities we deal with include base metals, coal, copper, diamonds, gold, iron ore, mineral sands, nickel, pearls, rare earths, salt, silver, timber and uranium. You’ll have access to lawyers with particular expertise in hard-rock mining, oil and gas, and resources projects in emerging economies, primarily in Africa. “During your time in the group, you may have the opportunity to assist on mergers and acquisitions involving mining and resource assets, including public company takeovers and schemes,” says Partner and Practice Group Leader Michael Blakiston.
“You may also be asked to help on private acquisitions and disposals, due diligence for tenement searches, and regulatory approvals, some involving the Foreign Investment Review Board.” Oil + Gas To advise some of the world’s largest oil and gas corporations, lawyers in the group often collaborate with other practice areas such as Corporate Advisory to create cross-functional transaction teams. Energy + Resources lawyers in these teams handle all legal issues that arise in oil and gas exploration (both conventional and non-conventional), project development and commercialisation, structuring and financing, and joint ventures and strategic alliances.
Energy + Utilities Gilbert + Tobin is a market leader in energy and utilities regulation, having worked on transactions that have shaped the Australian energy sector. We advise on all aspects of energy and utility regulation for clients including energy retailers, electricity and gas transmission businesses, generation businesses, regulators, market managers and investment banks. Renewable Energy The commercialisation of alternative energy sources is a relatively new phenomenon in the Australian market. Gilbert + Tobin has a proven track record in this growing area and as a result of our involvement in this sector, we can anticipate the issues likely to arise in constructing and financing renewable energy projects. We provide renewable energy companies and wind farm investors with seamless, integrated advice and transaction management.
Port + Rail Clerks and graduates at Gilbert + Tobin may gain exposure to matters involving some of Australia’s most important port facilities. Our Energy + Resources group includes leading experts in the commercial and regulatory design – and financing and implementation of – access arrangements across regulated and unregulated port and rail infrastructure. You’ll work closely with people whose experience includes advising governments and port authorities on port and transport interface development; advising transport providers, terminal operators and industry associations on nondiscriminatory shipping and rail access to port terminals; and drafting and implementing the legal framework and access regimes for port infrastructure.
Native Title + Land Access Our clerks and graduates work alongside lawyers who advise energy and resource companies on Native Title processes involved in exploration tenure grants, negotiations for mining tenure grants, and the construction of mines and associated infrastructure. To ensure these companies develop a strong working relationship with traditional owners, we help our clients develop Aboriginal cultural heritage protocols at the outset of each mining project. Our lawyers also advise energy and resource companies on access arrangements with private landowners and pastoral leaseholders for exploration and mining, as well as access and land tenure arrangements under State Agreements.
Gilbert + Tobin’s litigators provide dispute resolution services – from pre-litigation advice to strategically using or responding to court action – across industries including construction, entertainment, financial services, IT, resources and telecommunications.
“Litigation often involves a lot of strategic thinking,” says Partner Kate Harrison. “It’s not only about winning legal points but also getting a result for your client that fits their commercial objectives.”
Clerks and graduates may find themselves assisting on sensitive and critical matters including highstakes litigation; litigation involving competition issues and regulation of access to services; and regulatory investigations by industry watchdogs such as ASIC, the ACCC and offices of fair trading.
Partners Steven Glass, Colleen Platford, Rani John and Tim O’Leary are listed as key individuals in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014. Litigation Partners Kate Harrison, Colleen Platford and Steven Glass are listed in Best Lawyers, 2013.
So what’s it like working on a dispute? “From the early stages we’ll work to develop a clear understanding of our clients’ objectives,” explains Partner Andrew Floro. “Where appropriate, we work closely with our corporate and specialist competition and regulatory teams to adopt the right strategy. “This approach ensures matters are properly handled in the pre-dispute stage and proceed appropriately if they become litigious.”
Are you ready to join a group that acts for many of Australia’s biggest corporate names on high-stakes commercial disputes?
“The firm has a culture of client focus, of being easy to deal with and of providing sound and thoughtful advice. Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
Learn from our leaders Class Actions If you’re keen to gain experience on commercial class actions, our Litigation group is an excellent place to start your career. We are currently representing a group of eight companies with regard to litigation in the Federal Court. The case is the first of its kind in Australia and is currently one of the country’s largest commercial disputes.
Mediation + Arbitration You will work alongside lawyers who are skilled in mediation and arbitration, and have a chance to actively identify opportunities to use these alternatives. We advise many clients with global businesses on cross-border disputes in specialist tribunals and before dispute resolution panels.
Regulated Industries Our lawyers support clients in highly regulated industries on matters that involve complex regulatory requirements. Recent matters have involved telecommunications network access, gas transmission pipelines, electricity transmission networks and railways.
Resources Litigation Gilbert + Tobin has one of Australia’s leading resources litigation practices. Don’t just take our word for it – The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2013 notes that our Litigation practice is “pre-eminent within mining and petroleum”. To read more about the industry-leading clients we work with in the energy and resources sector, turn to the Energy + Resources page.
Swan Gold Mining in litigation related to the Carnegie Gold Project in Western Australia.
NSW Police in a favourable settlement on a copyright dispute brought by software supplier Micro Focus.
Anglo Coal in a dispute about long-term coal supply contracts.
BlueScope Steel on a contract dispute against Xstrata, which alleges that BlueScope agreed to purchase coal to the value of $120 million and failed to take delivery.
A Big Four Australian Bank on a $44 million claim against it for breach of contract, negligence and misleading conduct.
Brookfield Multiplex in its successful defence against owners’ corporations regarding the duty of builders to avoid causing economic loss.
Marengo Mining on its redomicile by scheme of arrangement valued at $150 million.
F Hannan (Properties) Pty Limited on the continuation of complex construction disputes.
During 2014, we will establish a Litigation practice in Melbourne.
Clients we work with Google Inc. in the landmark High Court win in defence of legal action brought by the ACCC regarding its AdWords sponsored links system. RiverCity Motorway Group in a claim against a traffic forecaster, relating to the CLEM7 Tunnel in Brisbane and a related class action. The Truth, Justice and Healing Council in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
St Barbara Limited on proceedings in the Supreme Court of Western Australia regarding thirdparty consent to the sale of its Southern Cross gold mining operations.
Employment Our Employment team advises on all aspects of the employment relationship from commencement to termination, which involves a deep understanding of employment and industrial laws. To achieve clients’ business goals, we work on cases in tribunals Rankings and courts that specialise in employment, industrial and discrimination matters.
Partner Dianne Banks is recognised by Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014 as a leading lawyer in employment.
Clients we work with This tight-knit team of specialists is led by Partner Dianne Banks, who in 2012 and 2013 received the International Law Office Client Choice Award for Employment and Labour in Australia, voted by corporate counsel around the world.
Dianne explains that clerks and graduates in the Employment team gain valuable exposure to diverse matters. “You may be asked to help on mergers and acquisitions, draft employment-related documentation and policies, and assist clients with employee performance and behaviour issues, such as terminations, post-employment activities, sexual harassment and discrimination,” she says.
The team also contributes a large amount of time acting on a pro bono basis for notfor-profit organisations and individuals who would not otherwise have access to legal advice.
Universal Music successfully contesting Fair Work Australia’s jurisdiction on two unfair dismissal claims brought by terminated employees. Nine Entertainment Co. in relation to employment aspects of its listing on the Australian Securities Exchange. A high-profile real estate agency in relation to a claim of sexual harassment.
Adobe EFTPOS Energizer Fujitsu MGM Red Rooster Westpac
Rankings IP partners Michael Williams, Siabon Seet, Lisa Lennon and Kate Harrison are ranked as leading Australian IP lawyers in legal directories including Chambers Asia Pacific, The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Managing Intellectual Property.
A rotation in Gilbert + Tobin’s Intellectual Property (IP) group will see you rub shoulders with partners and lawyers who are active thought leaders, lobbyists and contributors to the development of IP law in Australia. As one of Australia’s leading IP practices, this group takes on some of the most exciting and challenging legal work in Australia, across major IP fields including copyright, trade marks and patents. While the IP group is best known for its market-leading copyright practice, our trade mark and patent practices are expanding dramatically. The IP group’s diverse work touches on all major industry sectors including media and entertainment, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), content, healthcare services, mining, packing and technology.
Clerks and graduates may be asked to assist on matters for our music and film industry clients such as the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) and Universal Music, and technology companies and manufacturers at the forefront of their market sectors, such as Google Inc. and Samsung.
What’s it like working in this group? “You’ll learn from lawyers who are adept at navigating and adapting their legal services to the world’s fastest moving industries,” says Partner and Practice Group Leader Michael Williams. “Because change is constant, the work we do is always interesting and challenging.”
Learn from our leaders Patents Patent advice, enforcement and litigation form the basis of our highly regarded patent practice, and we are regularly involved in infringement proceedings before the Federal Court. We have just brought in a leading patent litigator to add to our patent capability.
Clerks and graduates who are interested in patent law may be asked to assist lawyers who are applying their IP litigation expertise and strategies to Federal Court patent matters. You may also be asked to contribute to research across a wide range of industries including consumer electronics, telecommunications, gaming, online services and mining.
Copyright A rotation in the IP group is an opportunity to learn firsthand from Australia’s largest team of copyright lawyers, running marketdefining matters such as the 2012 iiNet High Court case. To jump-start your career as a copyright specialist, Gilbert + Tobin is the place to be. No other firm can match our knowledge of copyright, our experience in copyright litigation in Australian courts, and our capacity for providing strategic advice across the spectrum of copyright works and subject matter.
Brand Protection + Trade Marks Our IP group is a major force in brand protection, in Australia and internationally. Clerks and graduates will learn firsthand from lawyers who manage significant brand portfolios and provide advice on all aspects of brand protection (trade marks; designs; and domain, company and business names), enforcement and brand recovery.
Advertising Challenges The IP group is working on a steady stream of major advertising challenges under the Australian Consumer Law. Current cases include a major comparative 3D TV advertising challenge we are running for Samsung against LG. We also continue to work on disputes involving false endorsements and appropriation of celebrities’ names and brands.
Gilbert + Tobin is best known for its strength in copyright matters, although it is rapidly establishing a notable patent litigation practice.” The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014
This group offers strong litigation skills in both the patent and trade mark spheres, and is also acknowledged for its impressive copyright work.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013
Clients we work with Samsung in proceedings against its Korean electronics rival LG. This matter is one of the largest challenges to consumer product advertising heard in Australia in recent years. The case concerns LG’s advertising campaigns for its 3D televisions in Australia, with potential worldwide ramifications. Energizer on a range of advertising and regulatory work across its battery, razor and sun care products, as well as false advertising litigation in the Federal Court.
Imdex, a manufacturer of drilling fluids and chemicals, in patent infringement proceedings and in defence of an ‘unjustified threats’ action on a scale without precedent in Australia. ARIA and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd (PPCA), the representative bodies of the Australian recording industry, in Copyright Tribunal proceedings involving FOXTEL, and in proceedings against the radio industry to determine a licence rate for the online use of music by commercial radio broadcasters in Australia.
Aristocrat Technology in a major copyright infringement action in the Federal Court, which is currently on appeal before a full bench of the High Court of Australia, scheduled for hearing in March 2014. We also act for Aristocrat in copyright and patent infringement actions involving gaming machines. Universal Music on a wide range of legal matters, including in a claim against Qantas. ASOS, one of the world’s largest online fashion retailers, on brand protection issues in Australia.
Trade Mark + Domain Name Clients Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Amazon Bank of America Barilla The Blackstone Group L.P. Bloch Cantarella Bros (Vittoria Coffee) Citigroup Dorel Demand Media Diners Club Dow Jones Edwards Lifesciences Google Inc. Monsanto News Corporation NRMA Nutricia (Group Danone) Primary Health Care Red Bull Richemont (Cartier, Net-a-Porter) Telstra Turner Broadcasting (CNN, Cartoon Network)
Clients we work with Google Inc. on a broad range of privacy, applications development and internet regulation concerns. A Big Four Australian Bank on a new customer relationship management component of its whole-ofbank customer system. Nine Entertainment Co. on the restructuring of longstanding ninemsn arrangements and its joint venture with the Daily Mail.
Telstra on access arrangements for National Broadband Network services, including submissions to and engagement with the ACCC, and wholesale supply arrangements with FOXTEL. Rio Tinto and other industry participants on the contractual and regulatory frameworks associated with coal supply chain logistics, including aboveand below-rail, and port access arrangements.
A Big Four Australian Bank on telecommunications projects, and core banking transactions in Australia and New Zealand.
NRMA on outsourcing and transformation projects, and the establishment of new business products. Quantium on innovative customer data analytics projects including the world’s first commercial applications of ‘big data’ analytics. Transurban on the transformation of its tolling system. Transport for NSW on ongoing strategic work for the Opal Card, a new transport smartcard.
XL Axiata on the outsourcing of its IT infrastructure to an Indonesian telecommunications operator with more than 50 million subscribers. The Group of Eight Universities on internet service arrangements with AARNet. Maxis, a Malaysia-based telecommunications provider, on the region’s first-of-a-kind radio access network spectrum share.
They’ve done a very good job and they continue to do it. They are trusted advisers for myself and the technical team.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2013
Learn from our leaders Technology Our technology experts advise on a broad range of technology and outsourcing contracts. You’ll work alongside lawyers with unrivalled knowledge and experience in complex and enterprise-wide transactions, including: ++ business process, and IT and telecommunications outsourcing and offshoring ++ enterprise-wide transformation, including enterprise change management ++ IT infrastructure projects, including data centre establishment and operations ++ systems integration ++ panel arrangements ++ due diligence ++ shared services arrangements ++ post-merger integration. “In our group, you’ll gain exposure to the critical-risk aspects of technology contracts that lawyers often don’t get involved in, such as pricing, service-level agreements and service catalogues,” explains Lawyer Andrew Hii. “This deep involvement allows us to develop more relevant and innovative approaches to client service, which is highly valued by our bluechip clients.”
Media Our content, data and media experts advise clients on digital content, new media, privacy and data analytics issues. Clerks and graduates in the group work closely with partners who have extensive experience in the Asia Pacific region. You’ll have the chance to gain experience in the acquisition, distribution and licensing of digital content in new and traditional media; social media and digital platform issues; technology contracting and systems integration; and data aggregation, analytics and cloud-based deployments. Many of our professionals also have expertise in ancillary regulatory fields such as media and communications, content classification and clearance, privacy, data protection, competition, payments and anti–money laundering. Our experience ranges from acting for technology start-ups on all aspects of their growth, through to the commercial and corporate structuring of large cross-border deals in the Asia Pacific region. Our lawyers also manage the international and local taxation, employment, competition, communications regulation, and other regulatory and legal aspects of these deals.
Telecommunications Our telecommunications specialists work on a mix of regulatory and commercial matters. The group advises on domestic and international telecommunications issues, including: ++ infrastructure development, access and sharing ++ regulatory design and strategy, and outsourcing and commercial arrangements ++ acquisitions, joint ventures and alliances ++ licensing and compliance ++ digital business ++ electronic marketing strategies ++ net neutrality ++ dispute resolution. We also work on emerging issues related to convergence technology and new media, such as IPTV and mobile streaming.
Project Services The expertise of our team extends beyond traditional TMT sectors. Our team regularly advises on complex relationships that span extended periods of time. Many of these have shaped the Australian market. From the new National Broadband Network rollout to Sydney’s integrated transport smartcard, our major project work is as exciting as it is tangible. Gilbert + Tobin’s Project Services team provides high-level strategic legal advice and support on some of Australia’s most difficult and innovative projects. You’ll gain experience working alongside skilled contract negotiators on issues involving risk analysis and management, stakeholder management, transaction and project due diligence, and project documentation. “One of the benefits of major project work for clerks and graduates is that it is often multi-disciplinary, meaning you get exposure to various areas of law,” says Partner Peter Jones. We advise government and private sector clients acting on the purchaser (procurement) and supplier sides, giving us unique insight into the priorities and sensitivities of both sides.
The dynamic pace of change in the technology, media and telecommunications (TMT) sector makes it an exciting time to specialise in TMT law. So where better to launch your career than Australia’s leading TMT legal team? When starting out in legal practice, it’s important to work alongside people who support your goals and interests while developing you in new ways. “At Gilbert + Tobin, we take mentoring seriously and aim to get junior lawyers involved in as many aspects of our work as possible,” says Partner Sheila McGregor. “They are a vital part of our team.” Clerks and graduates in TMT + Project Services often attend client meetings and negotiations, compile research, help draft contracts and prepare submissions to government regulators. They also help develop pitches to potential clients.
Working on the legal frontier The digital economy is rapidly transforming how we live, work and interact. New technologies are reshaping entire industries, creating astonishing knock-on effects for regulations, contract negotiations and drafting.
Many of Gilbert + Tobin’s clients are embracing cloud computing, and ‘big data’ and analytics (also known as data mining). They turn to us for advice on federal and state data privacy protection, interception and security laws; data breaches; the impact of sectorspecific privacy and data protection codes and other requirements; and crossborder privacy compliance.
Our Project Services clients rely on our industry knowledge to stay ahead of regulatory changes in the communications, transport and logistics sectors. When you join the group, you’ll have an opportunity to assist on local and overseas matters involving data security and protection, software licences, online payment structures, regulatory compliance and procurement.
Rankings For over a decade, our TMT + Project Services group has ranked in the top tier of The Legal 500 Asia Pacific and Chambers Asia Pacific. Five of our TMT partners were recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014, and seven of our TMT partners were recognised as leading individuals in Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014. Best Lawyers Australia, 2013 recognised six of our TMT partners as leaders in their field.
TMT+ Project Services
Learn from our leaders ACCC Matters The C+R group teams up with other Gilbert + Tobin practice areas to assist clients with high-profile, bet-the-farm transactions. For example, you may find yourself working with members of the Corporate Advisory group to obtain ACCC clearance for mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
Energy + Utilities Gilbert + Tobin is the market leader in energy and utilities regulation. We advise on all aspects of energy and utility regulation for clients including energy retailers, electricity and gas transmission businesses, generation businesses, regulators, market managers and investment banks.
In the electricity sector, the group has unsurpassed experience in the merits review of revenue and pricing determinations before the relevant appeals bodies.
Telecommunications Gilbert + Tobin is Telstra’s primary regulatory adviser. We work closely with Telstra on the National Broadband Network – one of the largest infrastructure projects in Australia’s history. We are currently working with Telstra on new negotiations with the Coalition Government. We also deal with dayto-day competition and regulatory matters such as land access issues, numbering and consumer protection.
Financial Services Partners and lawyers in C+R have a great depth of experience providing financial services regulatory advice on compliance with APRA, ASIC, ASX and Reserve Bank regulations and industry codes. We work closely with industry groups such as the Australian Bankers’ Association and Australian Payments Clearing Association to develop policy reform initiatives that directly affect the financial services industry.
Gilbert + Tobin’s Competition + Regulation (C+R) group is Australia’s pre-eminent competition practice, with more than 25 lawyers, including 10 partners and one special counsel.
Merger Clearances + Cartels We regularly work on some of the world’s most complex and contentious global merger clearance and cartel matters. We have experience as co-ordinating counsel on international cartel investigations and on litigation matters, where we’ll often collaborate with leading international firms on global cartel matters. Transport + Logistics The C+R group acts for airlines, government agencies, investors, financiers, stakeholders and users involved in many of Australia’s most important transport and logistics facilities.
The C+R team has a flat, open and collaborative structure. Instead of being siloed, lawyers work across the range of competition and regulatory work and with different partners.
“We provide clients with critical transactional and regulatory advice that has shaped a broad range of industries,” explains Partner and Practice Group Leader Luke Woodward. “Clerks may be asked to assist on matters across sectors such as broadcasting and media, energy and utilities, financial services, retail, resources, telecommunications and transport.”
“ Gilbert + Tobin is ‘the premier competition law firm’, lauded for its ‘timely, business-friendly advice delivered by people who understand their audience’. The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2014
Competition+ Regulation Rankings: Highest in Australia The C+R group has been acknowledged by numerous independent publications and directories both locally and overseas. For more than six years, G+T received the highest possible rankings in Chambers Asia Pacific, The Asia Pacific Legal 500 and Global Competition Review.
Clients we work with Competition Westpac on the acquisition of certain assets of Lloyds International Pty Ltd including Capital Finance Australia Limited and BOS International (Australia) Limited. Fisher & Paykel on consumer law issues in the context of the ACCC’s investigation into the company’s extended warranty program. Thermo Fisher on its proposed acquisition of all the shares of Life Technologies Corporation. Nine Entertainment Co. on the bid, competition law compliance and successful negotiations for the 2013–18 broadcast rights for the National Rugby League, valued in excess of $1 billion.
Thai Airways, Malaysian Airlines and Garuda Indonesia on the ACCC air cargo cartel proceedings. Virgin Australia on the acquisition of 60% of Tiger Airways Australia Pty Ltd and re-authorisation of the Virgin Australia and Air New Zealand alliance. GrainCorp in response to Archer Daniels Midland’s hostile takeover bid. Pact Group on obtaining ACCC clearance for its acquisition of Drum Reconditioners, one of NSW’s largest suppliers of reconditioned drums. Samsung on a range of competition and consumer law issues.
Regulation Wesfarmers (on behalf of other members of a working group) to draft a Food and Grocery Code of Conduct, which will address market structure concerns in the grocery industry. Telstra on the National Broadband Network. Association of Superannuation Practitioners on the implementation of reforms to the superannuation industry and the Australasian Retail Credit Association in relation to the introduction of positive credit reporting in Australia.
Energy Networks Association in relation to proposals for wide-ranging changes to the National Electricity Rules and National Gas Rules. Queensland Competition Authority when Origin Energy sought a judicial review of the Authority’s Final Price Determination on Regulated Retail Electricity Prices for 2012–13 in the Supreme Court of Queensland.
APA Bertelsmann Caltex Garuda Indonesia Ingersoll Rand Jemena Malaysian Airlines Origin Energy Qube Logistics Queensland Coal Rio Tinto Thai Airways Tiger Airways Australia
Learn from our leaders Property We work on a broad range of property matters encompassing: ++ mixed-use greenfields projects and redevelopments ++ commercial, industrial and retail purchases, sales and leasing ++ infrastructure projects ++ telecommunications projects ++ data centres ++ water rights. To ensure these transactions run smoothly, the team collaborates closely with corporate, finance, litigation and tax experts across the firm. Unlike most property practices, we advise on matters in all states and territories. Our diverse client base includes developers, construction companies, investors, financiers, fund managers, renewable energy providers, communications and media operators, and government agencies.
Planning + Environment You’ll work alongside lawyers advising on planning, contamination, climate change, water and renewable energy issues. Our specialist lawyers assist clients with varied development approvals including major projects, and provide strategic advice on environmental assessments. The group works closely with lawyers across the firm on planning and environment matters in such areas as coal mine and farm acquisitions, remediation of contaminated land and significant renewable energy projects in Australia.
Real Estate+ Projects Our Real Estate + Projects group guides clients through the property, planning, environment and construction aspects of many significant and complex corporate projects, as well as a wide range of real estate transactions. Clients we work with “Clerks enjoy working in property because it’s transaction-based and we can see transactions through to the end,” says Partner and Practice Group Leader Diane Skapinker. “A rotation with us is a unique experience because you’ll have the opportunity to work on manageablesized transactions and deal directly with clients, as well as work on the property aspects of complex cross– practice group matters.”
Clerks and graduates in Real Estate + Projects are likely to do research, draft documents, and attend client meetings, negotiations and settlements with lawyers. Our planning lawyers also conduct environment and planning litigation, and clerks regularly get involved in these proceedings. The group also handles the firm’s internal projects. In 2016, the Sydney office will relocate to brand new premises in Barangaroo South. The team worked on the development agreement and lease for these state-ofthe-art waterfront facilities.
Digital Realty, the largest data centre operator in the world, on the design, construction and leasing of a data centre in Victoria to National Australia Bank (NAB) and on the construction and leasing of data centres in NSW. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures, a leading global solar energy developer, on the property, environmental and climate change aspects of the Royalla solar farm in the ACT. Once in operation, Royalla solar farm will be Australia’s largest photovoltaic solar project.
Telstra on the property and environmental aspects of its exit from a national joint venture with Vodafone Hutchison Australia, involving more than 2,000 sites across Australia, and on regulatory and leasing matters. Hannan Properties and IPMG Group on the sale of a 20-hectare industrial estate in Sydney to Goodman Property Group. Samsung on retail and commercial leasing matters, and on the construction and leasing of its new Australian corporate headquarters. Woollahra Council on the redevelopment of a Woolworths site and leasing of new shopping centres in Double Bay, Sydney.
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They know their business very well and are very customer-focused to make sure that the client gets the best outcome to meet their business needs.” Chambers Asia Pacific, 2014
Construction Led by Partner Emanuel Confos, our Construction team provides specialist legal advice on all aspects of construction law – from the inception of a project through to completion – and on all forms of dispute resolution.
We have particular expertise in the construction of technology buildings such as data centre facilities and renewable energy plants, as well as in the hospitality and social infrastructure space.
The team works extensively with industry standards and has drafted and negotiated a range of project documentation including engineering, procurement and construction (EPC), lump sum, design and construct, guaranteed maximum price, cost plus, project management and consultant contracts.
On the litigation front we act for and against developers, major contractors and major subcontractors in the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal and the High Court.
Standing up for refugees In 2013, Gilbert + Tobin won a decisive victory for two Ghanaian clients who, after six years of legal battle, were finally recognised as refugees and granted protection visas. The two men, who identify as homosexual, had fled persecution in Ghana. On their first appearance before Australia’s Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT), they were found not to be genuine refugees. We appealed this decision on behalf of our clients, whose evidence was taken without an interpreter despite both clients having low levels of English comprehension. On appeal, the Federal Magistrates Court quashed the RRT decision. The failure to provide an interpreter was found to constitute a breach of procedural fairness. In January 2009, our clients returned to the RRT for a second hearing. They had to wait two and a half years before the RRT heard them again in July 2011. During the third stage of their hearing in September 2011, our clients’ applications were dismissed – the tribunal member doubted their credibility and did not accept they were homosexual.
Bringing human rights issues to the High Court Assisted by counsel, in late 2011 we filed for review in the Federal Magistrates Court. Less than one week later, the Australian Government Solicitor, representing the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, conceded the second RRT decision had not been made according to law, and that the RRT should conduct a third review. In March 2013, our lawyers attended a two-day hearing. Within a week the RRT handed down its decision that recognised our clients as genuine refugees deserving protection. “Our clients were incredibly relieved that their claims were recognised and they had some certainty about their futures,” says Tamara Sims, a lawyer in our Pro Bono group.
In 2013, Gilbert + Tobin set an eminent precedent in the High Court on behalf of an Indonesian client who had lived in Australia since 1985. He had returned to Irian Jaya once, for a brief visit in 1996. In 2009, the Australian Government recognised our client had a well-founded fear of political persecution if he returned to Indonesia, and therefore satisfied the definition of a ‘refugee’. In 2001, our client was convicted of a serious crime. As a result, in 2003 a delegate from the Federal Minister for Immigration and Citizenship determined that he was not someone to whom Australia owed protection under the Refugees Convention. The delegate rejected our client’s application for a protection visa. This decision was affirmed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the primary judge and the Full Court of the Federal Court. In 2012, Gilbert + Tobin appealed the decision to the High Court. On behalf of our client, we argued that when considering whether a person was a person to whom Australia owed protection obligations within the meaning of the Refugees Convention, it is irrelevant that the person has been convicted of a serious crime. Our client was someone to whom Australia owed protection obligations because he was a refugee within the meaning of the Refugees Convention.
Pro Bono Lawyers have a responsibility to ensure the legal system is fair, equitable and accessible to all. Gilbert + Tobin is a pioneer in providing pro bono legal services in the Australian legal sector. In 1996 we were the first law firm in Australia to appoint a fulltime in-house pro bono lawyer. In 2008, the firm broke new ground again by appointing its first full-time pro bono partner, Michelle Hannon. We now have a dedicated Pro Bono group of three lawyers and Michelle as partner.
We are proud advocates of social justice for everyone, and focus on providing advice and support to marginalised and disadvantaged clients. Pro bono work at G+T is particularly focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander issues, people with disabilities, refugees and the protection of human rights. We take on public interest litigation and regularly advise NGOs on commercial and corporate governance issues. The practice covers many and diverse areas of law such as discrimination, administrative law, defamation and public international law.
On 10 April 2013, the High Court accepted our argument that a person who satisfies the Refugees Convention definition of a refugee is therefore a person to whom Australia owes protection obligations within the meaning of section 36 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth). When making a decision to refuse a protection visa on character grounds, the Minister cannot do so under section 36 but must do so under parts of the Act directed to this purpose. The impact of this case is far-reaching and will have significant practical consequences for protection visa applicants. For our client, this means he has the opportunity to have the decision whether to grant him a protection visa considered by the Minister anew, taking into account Australia’s nonrefoulement obligation.
Pushing for victims’ compensation Following the introduction of the NSW Government’s new Victims Compensation Scheme in 2013, Gilbert + Tobin was very concerned about a number of our pro bono clients whose applications were yet to be determined. In particular, one of our clients was set to become entirely ineligible for compensation, or only eligible for a very small amount of compensation, under the new scheme. We had already lodged two applications on our client’s behalf under the old Victims Compensation Scheme. The first related to sexual abuse and violence perpetrated against her almost continually between the ages of seven and 15 by her then stepfather. The second application was for domestic violence perpetrated against her by a former partner, with whom she had commenced a relationship after running away from home to escape her stepfather’s abuse. To ensure the best outcome for our client, we worked quickly to overcome several significant legal hurdles. They included a successful submission to have our client’s matter accepted out of time, as our client’s case involved exceptional circumstances.
We also overcame a lack of corroborative evidence by providing a lengthy and detailed statement from our client. As with many victims of child sexual assault, our client had not reported the assaults by her stepfather so no supporting material was available. The difficulty for our client in preparing her statement was vindicated by the fact that the Assessor’s Notice of Determination specifically relied on the level of detail provided in her statement. On the last day before the introduction of the new Victims Compensation Scheme, we received news that our client’s applications had been determined. She was awarded $44,250 in compensation (the maximum amount available was $50,000). Our client was blown away by the result and noted that the most important aspect of the outcome was the recognition of the wrong done to her.
In 2012–13, the firm completed more than 14,811 hours of pro bono work – an average of 54 hours per lawyer – conservatively valued at over $6.67 million.
What’s it like working in the Pro Bono group? Our clerks, graduates and lawyers are encouraged to participate in pro bono work when the opportunity arises. Graduate lawyers in our Sydney office can apply for a first-rotation position with the Pro Bono group, commencing in February each year. In 2013, Graduate Lawyer Clancy King did just that. “It’s been an incredible year with an inspiring team,” she says. “I’ve been given a high level of client exposure and worked closely with barristers, case workers, interpreters, G+T lawyers across many practice areas, and pro bono lawyers from other firms.” Throughout the year, Clancy assisted refugees from many backgrounds as part of the firm’s refugee practice, and homeless clients through the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service. She also assisted Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients with matters related to victims’ compensation.
When asked to name a highlight of her rotation in the Pro Bono group, Clancy lists three: getting involved in litigation in the NSW Supreme Court for a peak disability organisation; representing clients in unfair-dismissal proceedings; and assisting clients being indefinitely detained in Australian immigration detention. “Working in the Pro Bono group has been an invaluable learning experience,” says Clancy. “It’s been a wonderful opportunity to engage with the firm’s deep pro bono culture and to explore the approach to pro bono in the legal profession more broadly.”
When you join Gilbert + Tobin, you join a place that understands the value of investing in people, the environment and the communities around us. To us, this is the only way to be.
We are proud to have 15% more female partners than the average Australian law firm. At G+T we invite and embrace difference in our people and we strive to increase the diversity of our team. We have developed a number of leading policies and initiatives that contribute to the development of our people to foster retention. For example, we enable many of our people to work flexibly through job sharing and 20% of our employees currently work part time. The firm also makes it easy for people to work from home by providing access to mobile phones, laptops, iPads and VPN connectivity.
We encourage our people to take up secondment opportunities in different locations and practice groups, and externally with some of the firmâ€™s clients. Many of our people accept scholarships to attend work-related conferences, undertake research and study overseas at various institutions. We also provide financial support to people who undertake further education, including relevant Masters degrees and non-legal professional courses.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Our community We fund a number of projects nominated by our people and a number of community projects give our people the opportunity to contribute their time to assisting others. Australian Business and Community Network In September 2013, Gilbert + Tobin joined the Australian Business and Community Network (ABCN). ABCN is a partnership of highly committed national business leaders and companies working in the area of education to improve opportunities for disadvantaged students and schools through mentoring, partnering and support programs across the country. Our aim in joining ABCN is to provide opportunities for all our people, non-legal and legal, in all our offices, to engage with and give back to our local communities.
Environment ABCN has staff in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth who facilitate 10 employability, leadership and skill-building programs in primary schools and high schools. These include reading programs in primary schools and leadership mentoring programs for young women. “ABCN has excellent outcomes across all mentoring programs,” says Caroline Dodson, National Partnerships Manager. “Eighty-five percent of students report feeling more confident and 76% had improved communication skills.” In December 2013, Gilbert + Tobin hosted an interview skills workshop for students from Casula High School in Sydney. “We had excellent feedback from the mentors and students,” adds Samantha Luck, Communications Manager.
Football United We support Football United through an annual donation. This special community organisation provides social and sporting networks for young refugees who have settled in Australia. In June 2013, Partner Moya Dodd, member of the FIFA Executive Committee, escorted FIFA Vice President Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan to a Football United young leaders training program in Sydney. “Having visited a refugee camp and a number of football clubs in northern Jordan with Prince Ali in January, I was delighted to host him on a visit to Football United while he was in Sydney,” says Moya. “I was very proud to show how Gilbert + Tobin is involved in helping to provide a social and sporting foothold to refugees whose journey brings them to Australia.” In 2014, the firm will partner with ABCN to develop a leadership program for young women participating in Football United.
Sydney Sings In 2014, Gilbert + Tobin continues its support of Sydney Sings, a community choir formed by Creativity Australia. We pay membership fees for staff, and community members who cannot afford a place. Last Christmas, our Sydney Sings members appeared in the firm’s 2013 Christmas card!
Gilbert + Tobin has a proud community-conscious track record on environmental issues. Our ‘Green Team’ is a group of ambassadors working to enhance environmental awareness, both at work and at home. In 2016, Gilbert + Tobin will move its Sydney office to Barangaroo South. We’ll occupy four floors in Australia’s first large-scale carbon-neutral community, with zero net carbon emissions in operation, including energy, waste and commuter carbon emissions. Barangaroo South aims to be a water-positive precinct, meaning it is designed to export more recycled water than the drinking water it uses. To find out more, visit barangaroosouth.com.au.
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Mbantua Festival Held in Alice Springs, Mbantua is a biannual festival that celebrates Aboriginal desert cultures. In October 2013, Gilbert + Tobin provided sponsorship and pro bono advice to the festival organisers, and sent three of our lawyers to Alice Springs to enjoy the festival, each of whom had completed more than 50 hours of pro bono work in 2013. Lawyer Ghassan Kassisieh was one of them.
“There were so many festival highlights!” he says. “It was haunting to watch Bungalow Song, the opera about the Stolen Generations, at the exact site where children who were taken were housed. The opening scene of the Jeep coming out of the darkness, taking away the child and leaving his mother to wail in the dust was incredibly confronting. “One of my loveliest memories was sitting in the dry river bed watching Missy Higgins sing as people danced under the night sky. We knew we were in Alice Springs when Missy swallowed a bug as she was about to start the chorus to ‘The Special Two’.
“She had to stop to drink water and start the chorus again. Everyone applauded when she continued. It was hilarious. “I was also really moved attending a forum on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous people. A local elder, Aunty Elaine, stood up and spoke about the effect the federal government intervention has had on her life. She spoke about her pension being channelled through a ‘Basics Card’, and the indignity she experienced going to the local shops.”
Reconciliation Gilbert + Tobin has longstanding relationships with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations. We released our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2008. We were the first Sydney law firm to have a RAP and the second nationally. The RAP covers a number of activities including:
Indigenous Employment Strategy that includes places for Indigenous people in non-legal roles and an Indigenous Cadetship Program for law students ++ prioritising pro bono support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and organisations ++ hosting visits from Indigenous university students, especially from the UNSW Indigenous Winter School ++ supporting Indigenous economic development by procuring products from ‘Supply Nation’– certified Indigenous businesses.
35% female partners
– more than any major Australian law firm.
What’s it like being a clerk at
“ I chose G+T because the people here are unique. Everyone I encountered encouraged me to perform at my best during the clerkship, which was awesome. This friendly atmosphere was a big drawcard. “ For me, the firm’s reputation in mining and energy law was extremely important. I tried some other firms, but at G+T I was actually exposed to real transactional work. I knew from the interview that G+T was the place for me. There was no interrogation, just a positive and thorough conversation.
“ G+T is different from any other firm. Those above you have an active role in developing your skills. I enjoyed doing hands-on work with some of the smaller, developing mining companies. The Energy + Resources group has high expectations in terms of the quality of the work – even from clerks – and I enjoyed meeting these challenges. “ If you’re applying for clerkships, my tip would be to gain an understanding of the different practice areas within each firm. This will help with your interviews. Also, be prepared to speak about the areas of law or business you’re passionate about. If you can get clerkships at a diverse group of firms you’ll know fairly quickly which one is for you. Most importantly, don’t freak out. Regardless of the outcome, it’s an extremely positive process and great for your personal development.” Vikram Kumar, 2013 Perth Clerk Bachelor of Commerce/Law, University of Western Australia
“ From start to finish, my clerkship experience at Gilbert + Tobin was rewarding, hands on and, most importantly, fun. After a day of training, we were welcomed into our teams (mine was TMT + Project Services) and launched straight into real work. In my first week, the partner even asked me to call and talk to a client directly! I also did some pro bono work, and attended client meetings and social activities such as bowling, team lunches, drinks and the end-offinancial-year dinner.
“ In my last week as a clerk, a partner asked me if I was interested in becoming a paralegal. I saw this as a great opportunity and hopefully a stepping stone to becoming a graduate so I didn’t hesitate to say yes. In my first week as a paralegal, I found out I’d been offered a graduate position – a huge relief! Since then, I’ve been working two days a week as a paralegal during semester. I was also able to take time off for exams, and then work full-time during the holidays. “ As a paralegal, I’m involved in all sorts of work including proofreading, pro bono matters and participating in client competitions. I participated in a client competition to redesign the look and feel of one of their key contracts and ended up winning. The prize? A bottle of Veuve Clicquot!
“ Being a paralegal is a great way of getting to know G+T better before starting as a grad, and getting exposure to and involvement with ongoing projects and clients. It’s been a great taste of the type of work I’ll be doing at G+T and an opportunity that I would most definitely recommend to future clerks.” Loren Leung, 2013 Melbourne Clerk Juris Doctor/Arts, University of Melbourne
“ The G+T clerkship program was incredible. It packed in two months of learning and experiences into four weeks. We had one and a half days of formal training to familiarise ourselves with the firm’s systems and structures. After that, we were learning on the job and attending weekly seminars to continuously develop our skills. This was fantastic because it meant I really did participate in legal work as part of the G+T team.
“ My experience in the Intellectual Property group was unbelievably positive. I was given access to a large range of work during my rotation, including preparing court documents and completing research tasks. I even attended court with a senior lawyer, who was very helpful in assisting me to understand process and procedure. “ The range of work available allowed me to experience a broad range of tasks and understand what being a litigator involves. Beyond the work, the feedback I received from the lawyers was really beneficial to my work and career.
“ From the moment we were allocated a desk after the formal training we were treated as one of the team. On the work side, that meant reviewing contracts alongside senior lawyers and graduates, taking research instructions from partners, and sitting in team meetings that encompassed major projects. “On the social side, it meant attending team Christmas parties, Friday drinks, and even a morning of putting up Christmas decorations with the team and their families. Overall, it was an eye-opening month of living and breathing the dedicated energy, friendliness and passion that makes up G+T.
“The initial intimidation of walking into a new job was quickly overcome due in large part to the lawyers in IP who made such an effort to welcome me and make me feel comfortable. They were always available to chat about tasks and provide valuable advice. I found that over my rotation these relationships assisted me in my work and helped me get more out of my clerkship. I really gained a sense of the people who are drawn to IP and Gilbert + Tobin. From day one, I felt accepted and was pushed to participate in all aspects of corporate legal life. It didn’t feel like going to work. “I would recommend a rotation in Gilbert + Tobin’s IP group for anyone interested in the subject matter or more broadly in litigation, and anyone who wants to be challenged in a comfortable and supportive environment.” David Krasovitsky, 2013 Sydney Clerk Juris Doctor/ International Studies, University of Sydney
“ I chose G+T because I think recent years have shown that legal practice is changing. I wanted to join a law firm that not only changed, but thrived in the economic environment of our generation. For that reason, I found G+T’s focus on constant improvement and innovation exciting. The firm’s commitment to excellence in every area really appealed to me as an all-rounder. It also helped that everyone I met was not just friendly and helpful but also downright inspiring, and had a wealth of different experiences and perspectives.
“ If you’re about to embark on the application process, I recommend you directly contact the firms you’re looking at by going to career fairs or information sessions. That way you can talk to the people who make up the culture and work environment and get a much better feel for whether the firm is a good fit for you. To get a good idea of what’s ahead, you could also chase up friends and acquaintances who’ve completed clerkships and ask them about their experiences.” Erica Chang, 2013 Melbourne Clerk Bachelor of Arts/Law, Monash University
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The variety of work I’ve undertaken in the Banking + Finance group has been great. While on exchange in New York, I had the privilege to take a fashion law course taught by Michael Kors’ in-house counsel, which was fascinating and fun.” “ After completing the final semester of my Juris Doctor at the Cardozo School of Law in New York, I was excited to start my career at a first-tier law firm. The past six months at Gilbert + Tobin in the Banking + Finance group have surpassed all my expectations. “ From the first month I was involved in major marketleading transactions. One of these was the redevelopment of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition & Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) though a public– private partnership (PPP). Our client was a syndicate of eight international banks providing the private financing. “ PPPs are seen as the way of the future to fund important social infrastructure. Being at the cutting edge of these deals means lawyers have the opportunity to innovate and creatively solve problems that are unique to 21st-century governments and communities. As a graduate, I contributed by utilising my technical legal skills and commercial knowledge. It was good to know that my work was contributing to a real and tangible part of Sydney – the creation of a new entertainment precinct.
“During my clerkship with Gilbert + Tobin I was fortunate enough to receive some fantastic support from everyone, including my buddy right through to my supervising partner. What was most impressive was the level of support provided by my colleagues at all levels. “I completed a rotation in the Energy + Resources group, which is one of my areas of interest. The fact that many of the legal concepts specific to this practice group were foreign to me was not a problem. Whenever I was given a task, the partners and lawyers explained everything in detail to me. I was encouraged to ask questions and never felt as if anyone was unapproachable.
“My overall experience during the clerkship program was extremely enjoyable. The work assigned to me was by no means limited to remedial tasks to occupy the time, and I felt that I was able to really get a taste for the type of work Gilbert + Tobin does, as well as their clients. This work ranged from infrastructure projects in Western Australia to corporate governance considerations in West Africa. At all times I was encouraged to ask questions and seek feedback on the work I completed.
“In addition to being provided with challenging and stimulating work, I found the office to be a very tight-knit yet inclusive environment. It felt as if everyone, regardless of their practice group, was making an attempt to meet me and make me feel welcome throughout the three weeks. I certainly felt that the social aspect of Gilbert + Tobin greatly contributed to my enjoyment during the clerkship. “After completing this process my main piece of advice would be to try and isolate what you really want from your future workplace. This process can often be daunting and is filled with advice from others. At the end of the day, you have to choose the best fit for you.
“During the clerkship application process a lot of firms will speak about firm culture. You shouldn’t disregard this because ultimately, you’ll feel most at ease and enjoy your time the most at a firm where you enjoy working and socialising with your colleagues. “Ultimately, it was this mix of top-tier work and the close-knit environment that drew me here. Out of all the top-tier firms in Perth, it’s the collegial feeling that makes Gilbert + Tobin unique for me.” George Salter, 2014 Perth Graduate Bachelor of Arts/Law, University of Western Australia
“ It’s also been great to learn from top lawyers in the banking field. On the SICEEP transaction, I worked directly with partners such as John Schembri, one of Australia’s top finance partners. The team is very supportive and nurturing of young lawyers. Not only will they teach you the technical skills required but they’ll also give you the tools to become a top commercial lawyer. “ The variety of work I’ve undertaken in the Banking + Finance group has been great. While on exchange in New York, I had the privilege to take a fashion law course taught by Michael Kors’ in-house counsel, which was fascinating and fun. I never thought I’d actually get to use this knowledge. However, a few months later I put these skills to good use when the Insolvency team asked me to assist on a fashion licensing matter. Who’d have thought?” Louisa Mulquiney, 2014 Sydney Graduate Bachelor of International Relations/Law, University of Sydney
“ Prior to joining the Energy + Resources group as a paralegal in 2011, I worked with G+T’s Corporate Advisory group in corporate governance. “ My work involves research on foreign and domestic government policy, legal and general commercial matters, and mining legislation. I also help senior lawyers provide advice on energy and resources matters, and prepare agreements, submissions and letters of advice. As my first language is French I often undertake French translation work for the group.
“ I predominantly work for one of the Energy + Resources group’s largest clients, Sundance Resources Ltd. I help provide advice on a range of construction, procurement and concessional arrangements for the company’s proposed $4.5 billion port, rail, mining and hydroelectric project in the Republic of Cameroon and Republic of the Congo. This has allowed me to work closely with Energy + Resources partners including Michael Blakiston, and with overseas advisors on Cameroonian and Congolese law.
“ One of the highlights of my graduate year at Gilbert + Tobin was being offered the opportunity to go on secondment to a client’s office full time for a four-month period. The secondment was very hands-on and gave me a greater appreciation of the commercial aspects of various transactions, rather than only looking at the applicable laws.
“ Another highlight was being asked to write journal articles on behalf of the firm, one of which was published in the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal!” Julie Lagasse, 2014 Perth Graduate Bachelor of Laws, University of Montpellier, France; Postgraduate Diploma and Master in Commerce (Business Law), Curtin University; Bachelor of Laws, Murdoch University
“Another highlight was being asked to write journal articles on behalf of the firm, one of which was published in the Australian Resources and Energy Law Journal!
Meet our graduate lawyers
Aurora Project: Native Title secondment The Aurora Project gives two Sydney clerks the opportunity to gain work experience with a Native Title representative body during their winter semester break. This unique initiative is fully funded by the firm and will help you build important personal and professional skills.
About your clerkship Each year we invite law students to complete clerkships in our Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices.
“In 2013, I successfully applied for secondment through the Aurora Project and undertook work experience at the Aboriginal Medical Service Alliance Northern Territory (AMSANT) in Darwin. Gilbert + Tobin funded my stay and living expenses, which allowed for a worryfree learning experience. “At AMSANT I was able to bring together my newly acquired legal knowledge and previous career experience in the public health sector. This allowed me to participate in a wide range of projects and provided me with the confidence to apply my health knowledge to my new career in law.
“ While at AMSANT I witnessed the remarkable and cooperative talents of legal and health workers striving to provide Indigenous communities with access to social and legal services. “ In the six weeks I spent in the Northern Territory, it became clear to me how little I knew about TopEnd Australia. It’s been a privilege and a life-changing experience to learn so much from an amazing group of social justice warriors, who will always keep me grounded and remind me why I chose to be a lawyer. “ As a future G+T graduate, I’m reassured that my social justice values and aspirations can be nurtured and developed alongside my career in commercial law. Patti Veliz, Sydney Clerk
Gilbert + Tobin’s clerkship program gives you direct access to market-leading transactions and matters. You’ll work with partners and lawyers in an informal setting, allowing you to challenge yourself and develop your skills. Corporate work will be your main focus, but you’ll also have the opportunity to assist on pro bono matters.
The G+T clerkship experience is open to students in their penultimate year of study. Our clerks have the opportunity to be part of one or more of the firm’s practice groups. You’ll start to understand the mechanics of legal practice and work on a range of tasks, developing valuable skills along the way. This includes researching, preparing and drafting memos; perhaps assisting in litigation processes, attending court, or observing negotiations; and meeting clients, or working as part of a deal team.
You will also build lasting friendships with a talented group of like-minded individuals who may become your peers as you continue your legal career. Plus, there’s plenty of time to attend training, practice group events and firm lunches, and to have fun and network with people across the firm.
At Gilbert + Tobin’s Park Street office, Sydney clerks complete a 10-week placement that consists of two five-week rotations across the firm’s practice areas. As well as becoming immersed in their practice areas of interest, Sydney clerks have the opportunity to contribute to the Pro Bono practice. Clerks are also assigned a research task that involves working closely with lawyers and then presenting the results to partners and lawyers across the firm.
Our Melbourne clerks complete a three-week placement during winter or summer, providing you with a taste of what’s to come in your legal career. Throughout your clerkship, you’ll work closely with lawyers and partners on transactions across the Banking + Finance, Competition + Regulation, Corporate Advisory, and TMT + Project Services groups.
Perth clerks can undertake a three-week placement in summer or a two-week placement in winter. During this time, you’ll work closely with lawyers and partners on matters across the Corporate Advisory, Energy + Resources and Litigation practice groups.
Find out more For more information about applying for a clerkship or for program dates, visit me.gtlaw.com.au.
Our graduates complete a formal graduate program consisting of two rotations.
As a graduate, you will gain diverse experience working across different practice areas. Our People Team will work closely with you to ensure you are exposed to your areas of interest.
During your rotations you will work directly with partners and lawyers and be actively involved in matters pertaining to your practice area team. This experience is complemented by a comprehensive program of professional and business development, knowledge management and pro bono work.
Next steps Learn from a mentor G+T’s graduate program is tailored to each office. If you’re a graduate student ready to make the smart career choice, please visit me.gtlaw.com.au for more information about our programs in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.
Mentoring is an important aspect of graduate life at Gilbert + Tobin. When you start, you’ll be assigned a mentor – a more experienced lawyer – to guide you through your rotations and your transition into a practice area.
Your mentor will provide you with support and help you establish relationships within your practice areas and across the firm. You’ll also receive guidance from a ‘buddy’ who’ll give you invaluable advice and support throughout your early experience as a graduate.
Tonic G+T’s lawyer client event program is named ‘Tonic’. We regularly hold Tonic events, giving our lawyers the opportunity to network and get to know their clients in a relaxed setting. Recent events include a guest speaker night with Peter FitzSimons, wine and beer tastings, and a Jazz & Shiraz evening at a jazz bar.
Professional Development Gilbert + Tobin is a high-performing organisation and when you join us, your individual learning and development will play a critical role in your career. Our clerks and graduates complete a detailed induction program that provides information on how the firm operates. This is followed by a comprehensive and structured development program. Along the way, you’ll develop your technical, legal and business skills. Our talented partners and lawyers will support you with specialist knowledge and mentoring.
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Gilbert + Tobin will support and fund your practical legal training through our tailored in-house program. Our graduates complete their rotations at the same time as their studies, so you’ll be given additional study days to attend exams and complete assignments.
Gilbert + Tobin’s Learning + Development team provides training sessions and accreditation programs in our in-house facilities. Some of the development programs offered to our graduates include: ++ negotiation skills workshops ++ intensive commercial drafting modules ++ client development programs ++ industry-specific training by external consultants and experts ++ specialist practice group–based training ++ senior leadership development programs, including feedback opportunities and individual coaching. We also place considerable emphasis on practical, one-on-one learning with managers, senior lawyers and partners. Throughout the year, we hold seminars and events to help our lawyers earn their continuing professional development (CDP) points. You’ll also be encouraged to attend relevant external seminars.
We encourage our lawyers to undertake postgraduate study. This may include funding assistance for Masters degrees and other postgraduate courses, and study leave to complete essays and attend exams. Each year Gilbert + Tobin awards a scholarship to a lawyer who wishes to undertake study that supports their legal career and aspirations. Past scholarship winners have studied at some of the world’s most prestigious institutions.
We encourage graduates to apply for secondments with other leading firms in our global network, including Asia, the UK and the US. Some of our lawyers recently took up secondment opportunities at Slaughter and May in London, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune in Tokyo, and Sullivan and Cromwell in New York. We continue to build relationships across the globe so we can provide the best development opportunities for our people.
“I’m balancing full-time work in the Sydney office with a part-time Masters of Construction Law at the University of Melbourne. Undertaking a Masters will enable me to gain greater skills and expertise in construction law and, in turn, provide more specialised advice to clients.” Harriet Oldmeadow, Graduate Lawyer
“ As part of my graduate program, G+T has given me the incredible opportunity to work and live in Tokyo. “ Japan has been nothing short of eye-opening – from the very punctual public transport to amazing small eateries all over town. So far, I’ve had the interesting experience of sorting out accommodation and other logistics despite my knowledge of Japanese being non-existent! Luckily, Anderson Mori & Tomotsune is very supportive with all the processes. The firm is filled with friendly and helpful colleagues who happily translate websites and documents for me so that I know what I’m getting myself into.
“My experience as a Foreign Legal Trainee at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune has been amazing thus far. I look forward to getting to know Japan, its people and legal practices over the course of 2014.” Linda Quek, Graduate Lawyer
Culture. Every law firm has one, but the truth is that cultures differ considerably between firms. At Gilbert + Tobin, we have a non-hierarchical and informal structure and that’s the way it’s been since the beginning. People are valued equally for the role they play in making the firm a success. There are also lots of other benefits to enjoy.
Take a break
Our Sydney office wouldn’t be complete without its in-house café, which offers sweeping views over Darling Harbour. It serves coffee, snacks and a range of breakfast and lunch options – all at a subsidised cost for staff. The café is a great space to meet up with your workmates. Our Melbourne office has a kitchen and breakout area where the firm celebrates events and often raises money for good causes, such as Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, run by the Cancer Council. The office in West Perth has a leafy outdoor courtyard, which is an ideal setting for our Australia Day and Melbourne Cup lunches.
There is no better way to get to know your workmates than with a few drinks. Each month, a different practice group hosts themed drinks. Past themes include AFL, Chinese New Year, Halloween, a tribute to Michael Jackson and the Oscars.
Gilbert + Tobin has a smart business dress code during the week, but everyone is let off the hook on Friday, when you are encouraged to wear your jeans or other comfortable clothes to work – unless you’re appearing in court or visiting clients!
We have a reputation for working hard and having fun. Every year the firm hosts and sponsors a range of social, charity and corporate team events, which are organised by social clubs in each office. These include our endof-financial-year dinners, dress-up lawn bowls, themed charity trivia nights, the fiercely contested Gilbert + Tobin Sydney pool competition, staff Christmas parties and also a children’s Christmas party. Our staff members participate in many sporting activities. Recent events have included the Sydney City2Surf, BRW Corporate Triathlon, JP Morgan Corporate Challenge, PwC Cool Night Classic in Perth, weekly lunchtime touch football and other sporting competitions.
The highlight of the social calendar is the firm’s Big Day Out – an afternoon where everyone takes time to relax outside the office and enjoy each other’s company. Last year, teams participated in a 1920s-themed murder mystery bar-crawl adventure tour in The Rocks, Sydney. In June, the Melbourne office takes an afternoon off for the Little Day Out. Last year’s event featured a game of curling, followed by dinner and drinks at a nearby restaurant. Meanwhile in Perth, the team celebrated its Little Day Out with a glamorous end-of-year dinner.
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