Arnold Bloch Leibler

Charities Department

Australia
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What the team is known for Prominent, from the firm's inception, in the representation of charitable and NFP entities and active on behalf of an array of causes, ranging from the rights of indigenous peoples to the goals of educational, environmental, religious and cultural organisations. Draws on other areas of expertise within the firm in providing support in such areas as tax, corporate matters and litigation, and offers particularly focused expertise in the establishment of special purpose philanthropic entities and private ancillary funds. Additionally gains valuable strategic insight by virtue of the involvement of many team members, on boards and management committees, in the direct administration of charities.

Strengths The team is particularly noted for the attention given to pro bono clients, one noting: "The difference between them and other firms is that their pro bono work doesn't go down to the bottom of the pile," while another affirms: "We never feel like we are at the bottom of the list. They are very responsive and, though no money changed hands, I feel we get the same level of service as some of their higher-paying clients."

A further client adds: "They're terrific: extremely responsive and the level of care and expertise that they provide is very high."

Work highlights Acted for the Sunrise Project, an environmental campaigning organisation, on a number of governance and charity law matters.

Notable practitioners

Bridgid Cowling has a wealth of experience acting for a broad range of clients in the charities and NFP sector on matters including the establishment of new charities and governance issues. A client comments: "She's incredibly enthusiastic and proactive in the support that she provides and she's extremely thorough and knowledgeable."

Joey Borensztajn is particularly well known for his work with regard to philanthropy and charitable giving. He assisted national charity Stroke Foundation on the development of an endowment fund and advice in relation to an endowment deed.

Peter Seidel leads the firm's charities practice and is particularly well known for his work for indigenous organisations, also assisting charities in the environmental and educational spaces. Clients praise the personable service he provides, one commenting: "He's very open and very kind, he spends time listening and taking note of what's needed and he's very responsive." Another client adds: "There are often many dimensions to what's going on and he's a very good listener as well as a clear and direct communicator."