Gilbert + Tobin
In 2000 Danny Gilbert, Managing Partner of the law firm Gilbert + Tobin, was approached by UNSW Law and the firm generously agreed to support a centre of public law.
As Danny Gilbert wrote on the 10th anniversary of the Centre’s establishment:
A corporate law firm operating in accordance with the best traditions of the law has the opportunity each day to apply and support the rule of law. Opportunities to help refurbish and invigorate it are less obvious. And so, when in March 2000 I was approached by Professor Paul Redmond the then Dean of the University of New South Wales Law School, asking if Gilbert + Tobin would fund the establishment of a centre of public law, my response was visceral and immediate. I knew that such a centre was important and that my partners would support it. To be able to fund an organisation devoted to informed public debate about laws vital to Australia’s future as an open and democratic society is a great privilege.