Danny Gilbert, founder of Australian top-tier commercial law firm Gilbert + Tobin, is stepping down from the role of managing partner to make room for a new generation of leaders.
“For more than 30 years, I have been in the trenches every day across almost every decision about the way the firm operates. It’s time for me to think about change,” he told staff in a video address Thursday morning.
Gilbert will transition to the new role of firm chair over the next 12 months while the firm searches for a new managing partner.
“Over the next 12 months, I will evolve my leadership of the firm with the focus more on our long-term future and strategic direction—to build and sustain our position as the leading corporate firm in the Australian market.”
The firm needs to start looking for the next generation of leadership, including a new managing partner who will carry out the day-to-day responsibilities of running the firm, Gilbert told staff.
He said much needs to be achieved as new industries emerge around decarbonization, climate change, new manufacturing and artificial intelligence.
Gilbert + Tobin was founded in 1988 by Danny Gilbert and Tony Tobin with a small team of lawyers focused on providing excellent legal advice on high-profile, complex matters. The firm now has about 90 partners. Tobin is now a consultant to the firm,
Gilber’s role as chairman will include working with the new managing partner and other leaders on the strategic direction of the firm and ensuring the firm has leading coverage across the dynamic forces of change across the market; mentoring and developing partners; and assisting with the management of client relationships.
“I will continue to be a part of our leadership, working full time and fully committed,” Gilbert said.