find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
G+T enters Perth with a resources bang

G+T enters Perth with a resources bang

Gilbert + Tobin will merge with Perth-based firm Blakiston & Crabb in order to secure an energy and resources practice and take on the top-tier firms.Seven partners and 24 lawyers from…

Gilbert + Tobin will merge with Perth-based firm Blakiston & Crabb in order to secure an energy and resources practice and take on the top-tier firms.

Seven partners and 24 lawyers from Blakiston & Crabb will join Gilbert + Tobin, with the firm set to benefit from Blakiston & Crabb's international work and list of clients operating in Africa.

Managing partner Danny Gilbert told Lawyers Weekly that acquiring the energy and resources expertise, as well as a Perth base, was necessary for the firm to move into a new tier of legal services.

"It's hard to think how we could really say that we were one of the leading corporate firms in the country when, if we don't have corporate expertise in this area, we miss a lot of work," he said.

While Gilbert did not rule out a global merger in the future, he dismissed speculation that his firm was only making the move into Perth to make it more attractive to global law firms.

"We're doing it because it's a sensible thing for us to do," he said.

"We're not looking to do a global merger but if the right opportunity came along with one of the truly outstanding global firms, then that would be something we'd have to think about. Having a resources practice would aid that if indeed at the time that's what we wanted to do."

The merger follows a one-year alliance between the firms. Prior to that, the firms shared little in common, with Gilbert making a "cold call" to Blakiston & Crabb's managing partner in order to start a relationship.

"I picked the phone up one day and made a cold call to Michael Blakiston. I had never met him or spoke to him before in my life," said Gilbert. "I said 'I'd like to come and talk to you. We're wondering what we should be doing in Perth'."

Gilbert + Tobin's move into Perth follows a host of local and international law firms to enter the market over the last 18 months - most notably Clifford Chance earlier this year and Allen & Overy in early 2010.

A one city firm just 18 months ago, Gilbert + Tobin initially commenced its national expansion by opening a five-partner office in Melbourne.

However, Gilbert said the firm is not on a mission to "go national", but rather, to position itself where a "law firm needs to be".

He said there are no plans for the firm to open additional offices in Brisbane or Adelaide.

Angela Priestley

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

G+T enters Perth with a resources bang
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
microphone
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
protest
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Blocked
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...