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Peter Seidel a finalist in 2019 Partner of the Year Awards

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Arnold Bloch Leibler (ABL) Public Interest Partner, Peter Seidel, is a finalist in this year’s Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in the pro bono category, which recognises a partner “who has provided invaluable service to those who need it most.”

Nominated by a client, Peter wrote in his submission that he felt privileged to lead Arnold Bloch Leibler’s public interest practice, and to be involved in some iconic pro bono matters that have made a significant positive difference to individuals, communities and the fabric of the nation. 

“Our unique approach, shaped over the 25 years of our formalised pro bono practice, is based on ‘whole of partnership’ buy-in, which means that in addition to the dedicated public interest law team, the practice covers all areas of the firm’s fee paying work. 

“Depending on the nature of the matter and the expertise required, the public interest law team, complemented by other willing and able lawyers from across the firm, will work on pro bono matters.”

Asked to identify highlights of the work he has been involved in over the last 12 months, Peter said he was honoured to have assisted First Australians Capital to secure $30 million in capital for Aboriginal businesses and entrepreneurs. 

He advised the Aboriginal Treaty Working Group in its work with the Victorian Government which resulted in the enactment of Australia’s first Treaty legislation, and supported the Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired to overcome challenges to its status as a specialist primary school.

The winners of the 2019 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards will be announced on 30 May.

About Arnold Bloch Leibler 

Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premium Australian commercial law firm renowned for advising clients on their most important transactions, commercial issues and disputes. From offices in Melbourne and Sydney, the firm provides advice to a diverse range of entrepreneurial Australian listed companies, family businesses, high-net-worth individuals and international corporations. The firm also has a dedicated pro bono practice providing advice on social, environmental and cultural issues to more than 150 charitable and not-for-profit organisations.

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