Bell Gully was named Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year at the ALB Australasian Law Awards in Sydney last Thursday night.
The award came in the same week that Bell Gully released its third annual pro bono and community report, and recognises the impressive results of Bell Gully's pro bono programme, which in 2011 saw Bell Gully commit just under $1 million in fee-equivalent time to pro bono legal services. This work included legal assistance connected with the re-building of Christchurch and provision of considerable resources to three local community law centres.
The programme was established in 2009 to ensure the firm's pro bono and community commitment was focussed, organised and measurable, and provides structure and processes around how pro bono work is sourced, managed and promoted. Specific criteria for acceptance of pro bono matters are aimed at ensuring the programme reaches those who need it most.
Corporate Partner and Pro Bono Committee Member Brynn Gilbertson was in Sydney to receive the award on behalf of the firm.
Roger Partridge, Chairman of Bell Gully, is delighted with the win: "It is a privilege to support so many worthy organisations that in turn support those in our community who need it most. We would like to thank our pro bono and community clients for entrusting us with their work, and the partners and staff of Bell Gully for their support of the programme."
At the ALB awards, Bell Gully was also named winner of:
M&A Deal of the Year, for their role in the acquisition of Fosters Group Limited by SABMiller; and
New Zealand Deal of the Year, for their role in the Telecom demerger.
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