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NSW Governor opens HBA Legal’s new Sydney office

National firm HBA Legal has marked the opening of its Sydney office by raising money for the Arts Law Centre of Australia by raffling an Indigenous artwork from a respected Ngaanyatjarra artist.

Last week, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of NSW, officially opened HBA Legal’s new Sydney office at a gathering of approximately 80 people, the firm said.

HBA Legal co-founder Nathan Hepple said it was an office opening with a difference, raising funds for the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

“It was never going to align with our values to put on a fancy cocktail party without substance: doing that, frankly, seemed self-indulgent,” he said.

“While we wanted to celebrate moving into our beautiful new space, we also felt it was important to do something community spirited that had a connection to our business.”

An artwork – “ethically-sourced and purchased” – by Ngaanyatjarra artist Elizabeth Holland, a member of the Warakurna community in the Goldfields-Esperance region on Western Australia’s border with the Northern Territory, was raffled by HBA Legal with all money raised donated to Arts Law.

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HBA partner Dr Andrew Lu OAM, who is also on the Board of Arts Law, said: “Marking our office opening celebration by supporting a community legal centre that does valuable work nationally is a clear demonstration of the values-driven culture we strive to foster, and our commitment to social inclusion via our four core values of being collaborative, creative, genuine and generous.”

Governor Beazley is the immediate former President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Pictured: HBA Legal Partners (L-R): Rosan Santangelo, Brett Ablong, Ruth Slater, Hamish Craib, Mr Dennis Wilson (Governor’s husband), Dr Andrew Lu OAM, Governor Margaret Beazley, Nathan Hepple, Mario Raciti, Geoff Brookes.

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Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily at Momentum Media.

Jerome is an admitted solicitor in New South Wales and, prior to joining the team in early 2018, he worked in both commercial and governmental legal roles and has worked as a public speaker and consultant to law firms, universities and high schools across the country and internationally. He is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines self-help book series and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Jerome graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry).

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