Pre-eminent law firm
Our standing within the legal profession has been built over more than 60 years. Many of the values, characteristics and defining qualities from Arnold Bloch Leibler's early beginnings continue to shape the firm as it stands today.
While our storied history is long, we are a modern firm. We see the law as an instrument of change, as a way forward. Our partners and lawyers are often at the centre of law reform and regularly advise on landmark matters.
Our difference is often best demonstrated by the way we work and our approach to problem solving. We pride ourselves on providing strategic guidance and solving complex issues related to our clients’ commercial interests, legal position and reputation. We do not try to be everything to everyone - rather, we strive for excellence in our chosen areas of expertise.
Every client, regardless of size, truly matters and is important to us. We are renowned for advising entrepreneurial businesses (ASX-listed, family owned and international) and for our work with private clients. We also enjoy long-standing relationships with a select group of professional advisors - including accountants, private equity firms, insolvency practitioners, private bankers and overseas-based specialist law firms.
With offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the firm is operated as a professional practice rather than a corporatised business. The firm has a small firm feel with a big firm reputation, possessing influence within legal, business and political circles. We recognise that our success is defined by the quality of our people, our clients and of our work.
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Making a contribution in the community is one of the firm’s core values. We are immensely proud of our community partnerships and of our Public Interest Law practice. In 2016, the National Pro Bono Resource Centre recognised Arnold Bloch Leibler's leading pro bono contribution – we ranked first in Australia.
We engage with not-for-profit and charitable organisations responsible for Indigenous, communal, social, artistic, medical, religious and environmental causes. In addition to the provision of pro bono legal services, many of our lawyers commit themselves to community based directorships, advisory committees, guest lectures and external fundraising activities.
Arnold Bloch Leibler’s approach to reconciliation has been fundamentally influenced by the core beliefs of the firm and the close interaction over many years with indigenous Australians. The dedication of ABL to Indigenous causes has been a key point of pride for the firm for 25 years. It has also enabled us to make a focused and respectful contribution to reconciliation.
Our aim always is to utilise legal mechanisms and associated political strategies to empower Indigenous people, and enable them to take control of their lives on the basis of “free, prior and informed consent”.
Led by our senior partner, Mark Leibler AC, former Co-Chair of the Referendum Council on Indigenous constitutional recognition, and by the firm’s dedicated public interest law partner, Peter Seidel, ABL partners and staff understand we must all contribute and commit in ways that best harness our respective skills.
We regularly contribute to national debate and strive to assist Indigenous groups to overcome legal obstacles and advance Indigenous empowerment. Back in 2007, Reconciliation Australia encouraged Arnold Bloch Leibler to become the first law firm to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) and to take a leadership role in encouraging other professional services firms to institute their own.
Central to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and their supporters is the need for a principled, structured and whole-of-firm approach. We are proud of the significant achievements we have made in line with our reconciliation objectives, yet there is still much work to be done.
Arnold Bloch Leibler accepts the invitation contained in the Uluru Statement from the Heart to walk together with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a movement of the Australian people for a better future.
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