Arnold Bloch Leibler is a premier Australian commercial law firm with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. We provide strategic legal and commercial advice to a diverse range of Australian and international corporations, high net worth individuals and large family businesses.
Arnold Bloch Leibler has developed a reputation for its innovative, commercially focused advice and is regularly involved in some of the most important landmark transactions in the country, helping clients with their most important or difficult legal matters - when their reputation is at risk, in crisis situations or before embarking on key initiatives. From our results and client commitment to the commerciality of our advice, our aim is to set the standard.
We organise our practice groups to allow our lawyers to be broad generalists and our groups are split between transactions and disputes. From the client perspective, our services cover:
- banking & finance;
- corporate & commercial;
- dispute resolution & litigation;
- native title & public interest law;
- property & development;
- reconstruction & insolvency;
- technology & intellectual property; and
- workplace advisory.
We are well known for being the go-to firm when it matters. We pride ourselves on providing strategic guidance and solving complex problems related to our clients’ commercial interests, legal position, and reputation. This means that our lawyers are exposed to interesting and varied work where they can fully utilise their skills and potential. We do not try to be everything to everyone − rather, we strive for excellence in our chosen areas of expertise.
Our internal structure is also a little different from our competitors. Our lawyers are trained to be ‘generalist specialists’ – able to straddle a range of different legal matters, as opposed to only being super specialised in a narrow field. Working in a broad-based practice group this way, you’ll work across the full range of matters that the group deals with.
ABL Graduate Program
At Arnold Bloch Leibler we believe success comes from investing in personal and professional growth. That’s why we’ve stepped outside the square to provide a unique in-house graduate training program.
Rather than attending an external course, as a graduate, you will learn on the ground, from our best and brightest partners and senior associates – leaders in their respective fields who provide supervised training and continuous mentoring. The Supervised Legal Training (SLT) program is designed to be practical, engaging and upskill our lawyers for practice, based on guidelines set out by the Counsel of Legal Education. If you are newly admitted, you will have the opportunity to partake in the in-house training program as it will assist with your learning and development whilst working in a commercial law firm.
You will be assigned to a practice group and a supervising partner who will invest in your development and get you involved in a wide variety of matters throughout your graduate year. You will benefit from real work experience and direct client contact that sets you apart from your peers in the profession.
Your engagement is our focus – while we have single practice experience, we have an optional six-month rotation system where we touch base with you at your six-month review to make sure we’ve found you the right home inside the firm where you can thrive. If you’re not sure where that is, we work with you to explore the options across all of our practices.
It is important to make the right career choices. ABL is a commercial law firm that gives graduate trainees the flexibility to either become outstanding generalists, or specialists in their chosen practice area. At ABL, it is the hope that every graduate trainee will one day become a Partner.
For more information about our graduate ethos, please visit abl.grad.careers
Seasonal Clerkship Program
At ABL, we have three clerkship intakes that coincide with university holidays (November/ December, January/February and June/July). We aim for around 15 – 17 clerks in each intake, so you won’t get lost in the crowd.
Essentially, our clerkship program is a condensed version of our graduate experience − you’ll be immersed in our culture, be given real work, real responsibility and real contact with partners and clients in meetings, calls, and court hearings.
Our clerks (and grads) are allocated, supervisors and buddies. The buddy is your go-to support person for any questions that arise from day to day. During your clerkship, we arrange a number of extra-curricular activities such as dinners with our current grads and lunches with different groups across the firm (including a team lunch, firm-wide legal staff lunch, and a special partner lunch).
A popular inclusion in our clerkship program is a day out with one of our clients. We find that this unique experience connects the dots for clerks to see and meet the people that lie at the heart of the firm’s identity. It also provides the opportunity to hear from our clients about why they have chosen ABL and what they’re looking for when they come to us for legal advice.
ABL's key values
At Arnold Bloch Leibler, people are central to the firm’s success. We recognise that it is only with motivated people that the firm can provide personal service and practical, commercial and cost-effective solutions to client problems.
We hire the best and the brightest and recognise and reward our people with professional development and mentoring opportunities, competitive remuneration, community involvement opportunities and a deep and true interest in accelerating individuals’ careers. We want every ABL person to be well-rounded and accomplished, and to bring their whole selves to work.
Clients & Solutions
From a client perspective, our aim is not to service our clients for all of their legal needs − rather, we position ourselves as the lawyers to go to when everything is on the line, where strategic imperatives are invoked, and when commercial thinking that’s out of the box is required. We aim to develop long-term relationships with our clients and to gain a solid understanding of their businesses and needs. This enables us to formulate unique solutions to their problems with a broader context.
At ABL, we give our clients value by finding simple, practical, commercially intelligent and cost-effective solutions to what often seem to be complicated and confusing problems.
Excellence & Success
Our firm has an unswerving dedication to professionalism in everything we do and putting the client first. We aspire to the highest standard of integrity, honesty and fair treatment.
ABL is a meritocracy - we reward success and excellence. This reflects our prime business focus of partnering with clients in their success by helping them achieve their business imperatives through innovative and commercially intelligent solutions.
Giving back to the community has always been one of our core values. Pro bono work is an inherent part of the firm’s DNA and we do it because it is the right thing to do. The firm is deeply committed to indigenous constitutional recognition and reconciliation.
At ABL, we proudly have a stand-alone pro bono practice group, led by partner, Peter Seidel. All lawyers at the firm are given the opportunity to get involved with pro bono work. The firm engages with many not-for-profit and charitable organisations that are active in communal, social, health, research, religious and environmental sectors. At ABL, we feel that we punch above our weight, and pro bono work is no exception.
Our approach and longstanding deep commitment to diversity and inclusion has been, and will always be, a clear and significant aspect of the firm’s culture and a key contributor to our enduring success. Our ongoing diversity initiatives are far-reaching and include support for working parents, gender pay equity, policy information and education on a wide variety of topics, cross-cultural awareness training, our internal Reconciliation Action Plan committee, among many more.