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Arnold Bloch Leibler

Charities

3 ranked lawyersBand 1AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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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's clear commitment to the values underpinning this area of practice is indicated as a key strength by several sources, one noting "a strong sense of community and of giving back to society which is driven by the partners and cultivated in their employees," while another illustrates the resulting effect, observing: "Some firms we have dealt with have been conditional about the level of support or amount of time they are prepared to provide, but ABL have very generously stated that they will see the matter through. They have really believed in what we are trying to achieve and the attitude of every member of the team reflects this."

"Outstanding expertise" is also flagged up as a keynote practice characteristic, one client noting that, "I have yet to present an issue to ABL that they don't have an expert in," while another emphasises "the strong practical focus of the advice - always technically expert, but never losing sight of real world constraints and the goals of the client."

Work highlights

Acted for Olivia Newton-John with regard to the work of her foundation in the field of cancer research and care, advising on, among other issues, strategic governance and charitable structuring questions.

Notable practitioners

Senior associate Bridgid Cowling is the recipient of highly laudatory feedback from several interviewees, one source singling her out as "a rising star in the charity world," while another describes her as "a deeply committed lawyer who goes that extra mile in making sure that her advice is tailored to the needs of the client." Maintaining a versatile practice which embraces governance, structuring, commercial and taxation issues, she is also a great inspirer of confidence, one client remarking: "I trust her to guide me through what would otherwise be an intimidating legal landscape and consider her a partner in my projects."

Joey Borensztajn is praised for "incredible insight into charity law" by a client who goes on to note that "his experience, knowledge and advice provides us with confidence." Active in many branches of the practice area, he is especially highly valued as a provider of "very clear, strategic and timely advice on an extensive range of philanthropic matters" and as the possessor of "dual expertise in tax law and not-for-profit law," which one client calls "a formidable combination."

Practice head Peter Seidel advises a highly varied range of charities and philanthropic entities on key constitutional, governance and contractual issues. Clients emphasise the blend of personal commitment and pragmatism which characterises his work, noting that he is both "totally focused on achieving the very best outcome" for them and a trusted source of "savvy, expert advice, delivered in a very user-friendly fashion."

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Bridgid Cowling
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Joey Borensztajn
Band 3
Peter Seidel
Band 2