Above all else, we understand that our job is to look after our clients and their best interests.
At Holding Redlich, great law is our starting point.
Across our offices in Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns we provide a complete range of legal services for clients of all sizes including many of Australia’s largest public and private companies and all levels of government.
We provide solutions tailored to our clients’ needs, underpinned by the very best legal thinking and expert industry knowledge.
But it takes much more than great law to build enduring partnerships - our aim with every client.
That’s why we have a personal stake in our clients’ success and longevity, a commitment to quality in everything we do and an informal culture which values respect and collaboration.
We also believe it’s what you know and who you know. Our clients receive the benefit of our networks where necessary to get results.
And above all else, we understand that our role is to look after our clients and their best interests.
Holding Redlich recognises the importance of giving back to the communities in which we operate and making our firm as sustainable as is possible. We aim to implement best practice environmental, social and governance policies and initiatives.
Holding Redlich is committed to creating an environment that values and recognises the diverse backgrounds and unique experiences of our partners and staff.
“I am particularly proud of Holding Redlich’s commitment to gender equality. We strive to create an environment that values and recognises the diverse backgrounds and unique experiences of our partners and staff.
“As a result of our long-standing respect for diversity and our commitment to gender equality and flexibility, we have been announced as a 2020 Employer of Choice for Gender Equality by the Federal Government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency. This is the 12th year that we have received the citation.”
National Managing Partner, Ian Robertson AO
Read more about our initiatives in Lawyers Weekly: Firm rolls out new gender equality and flexible working policies
Holding Redlich has a longstanding commitment to working pro bono to support access to justice for the most disadvantaged and vulnerable.
We have advised and represented refugees seeking asylum in Australia; people with disabilities challenging employment discrimination; homeless young people facing accumulated fines; elderly people duped into financial arrangements which could leave them homeless; emerging artists entering into contractual arrangements; and Indigenous organisations seeking to maintain their cultural heritage.
We also provide legal services to many community organisations working for social justice and human rights, and partner with pro bono legal referral services and community legal centres.
The Holding Redlich Social Justice Fund (a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation) is a firm-wide initiative to promote social justice in the community at a grass roots level, through a structured program of philanthropic giving. The firm matches all contributions from staff and partners and since 2006 has supported initiatives aimed at addressing the needs of the most marginalised young people – particularly those who are homeless and/or at risk of leaving school.
We have always encouraged our partners and staff to contribute to the community by accepting positions of responsibility in government, community and arts organisations. A number of our lawyers serve on, or have served on, boards and committees of government, statutory, arts and community organisations.
Holding Redlich recognises that we have a responsibility to take genuine action to engage in and promote reconciliation. We are committed to taking meaningful steps to respect cultures, build relationships and create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We strive to be a culturally safe and inclusive law firm. To read more about our Reconciliation Action Plan click here.
Holding Redlich has, for many years, been involved with a number of organisations in the arts as part of our commitment to support the communities in which we live and work.
In addition to a range of initiatives, both past and current, the firm is proud to sponsor Salon des Refusés in New South Wales, the Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) Art Masters Exhibition, the Flying Arts Alliance in Brisbane and regional Queensland and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF).
We have sponsored the Salon des Refusés exhibition at the National Trust’s S.H. Ervin Gallery since 1999. The firm also sponsors the Holding Redlich People’s Choice Award for the most popular artwork of the Salon des Refusés as voted by exhibition visitors. The Salon des Refusés was initiated by the S.H. Ervin Gallery in 1992 in response to the large number of works entered into the Archibald Prize which were not selected for display in the official exhibition. The Archibald Prize is one of Australia’s most high profile and respected awards which attracts hundreds of entries each year and the S.H. Ervin Gallery’s ‘alternative’ selection has become a much anticipated feature of the Sydney arts calendar.
Holding Redlich sponsors the VCA Art Masters Exhibition, a showcase of work from students completing the Master of Contemporary Art and Master of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts. The firm also sponsors the Peter Redlich Memorial Art Prize, which is awarded to the most senior student at research-level as recognition of their achievements throughout their study and to further their artistic practice.
We are proud to be the inaugural Touring Exhibition Partner of the Flying Arts Alliance Queensland Regional Art Awards. As part of our partnership, the firm also co-sponsors the main award, the Art for Life Award. The Flying Arts is an arts and cultural development organisation which has been delivering visual arts projects and services to regional and remote Queensland for 45 years. Its primary annual activity is the Queensland Regional Art Awards.
The Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) is dedicated to supporting the careers of Queensland Indigenous artists by providing a platform for exposure and income generation. CIAF is committed to strengthening and celebrating culture, creating professional development opportunities for artists, and cultural exchange between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and visitors.
Holding Redlich is proud to be the sponsor of the Art Award for Innovation and the Music in The Park at CIAF 2021.
Our aim is to provide excellent, expert advice to businesses wishing to invest in Australia. Our overseas clients appreciate our high level skills and experience in business migration, foreign investment rules, business structures, commercial real estate, agribusiness, infrastructure, and energy and resources in particular.
We are pleased to be a member of two key international networks:
LawExchange International is a global network providing comprehensive legal services to clients to the world’s major commercial centres in Europe, North and South America, the Asia/Pacific and the Middle East.
Through close collaboration with LawExchange International firms, Holding Redlich has the global reach to meet the needs of our clients when their business takes them across borders. LawExchange International provides Holding Redlich and its clients with immediate access to trusted, local legal counsel across the globe.
LawExchange International members are carefully selected for membership based on a number of factors, including professional competence, reputation, integrity, and commitment to exceptional client service. Members maintain close professional and personal relationships by meeting twice a year at LawExchange International conferences, as well as through regular communication throughout the year.
For more information about LawExchange International please visit www.lawexchange.org.
ASEAN Plus Group
The ASEAN Plus Group is a network of 14 independent, full-service law firms located across the Asia region. Member firm office locations include Singapore, China, Vietnam, Korea, Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Hong Kong.
With strong regional links and expertise, the group is well-placed to handle complex regional and cross border transactions.
For more information about ASEAN Plus, please visit www.aseanplusgroup.com.
13 June 1936 – 3 January 2013
When Peter Redlich founded Holding Redlich, he began with a vision – to make high quality legal services available to all members of our community, from government and the biggest corporation to the humblest worker. His vision was rooted in his utter conviction that social justice is a precondition to a good and civilised society and that lawyers bear much of the responsibility for making our society fair.
Peter worked tirelessly for nearly 40 years to bring his vision to life. Peter was always full of ideas in pursuit of his vision. He often said that “chance is worth a thousand plans” and many of his ideas came from chance meetings or Peter seeing an opportunity before anyone else.
Although Peter was dedicated to the firm, he was a man of many other parts. As President and past-President of the Victorian branch of the ALP he was influential in both State and Federal politics. He was a mentor and informal adviser to a number of politicians, both those who had achieved senior positions and those starting out on their careers.
Peter also had a strong and enduring relationship with the union movement, particularly with ACTU Secretaries Bob Hawke and Bill Kelty and ACTU President Simon Crean. Many union officials still speak admiringly of Peter’s passionate and no-holds barred advocacy of their members’ claims.
Peter also had time to be, at various times, Chair of the Victorian Arts Centre, the TAB and Film Victoria, a director of the Australian Industry Development Corporation and Telstra and a member of the Monash University Council. He was made an AO for his services to the law, politics and the community – an appointment of which he rightfully was very proud.
Peter’s death left a big hole. But the firm he created, and the values he has instilled in everyone he worked with continue as a living and lasting monument to his rich life and determination to help build a better and fairer society.