Bell Gully were being patted on the back for their ALB law awards win of a pro bono prize as "Law News" reports.
At the ALB awards, Bell Gully was also named winner of the M&A Deal of the Year, for its role in the acquisition of Fosters Group Limited by SABMiller; and New Zealand Deal of the Year, for its role in the Telecom demerger.
The ALB awards recognise the key transactions in Australia and New Zealand in 2011 and the legal excellence among the firms that advised on them.
The finalists were assessed against criteria including deal value, complexity, innovative deal structure, timeframes and significance to the market. Finalists were also recognised for their outstanding client service as well as their ability to combine rigorous analysis with astute judgment to give clients a competitive edge.
The Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year came in the same week that Bell Gully released its third annual pro bono and community report, and recognised the impressive results of Bell Gully’s pro bono programme, which in 2012 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 considerableresources to three local community law centres.
The programme was established in 2009 to ensure the firm’s pro bono and community commitment was focused, 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.
“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,” said managing partner Roger Partridge.
Source: Law News