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Arnold Bloch Leibler celebrates 50th anniversary

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Cite as: (2003) 77(6) LIJ, p.15

Arnold Bloch Leibler celebrated its 50th anniversary with a gala celebration held at Melbourne’s Grand Hyatt on 14 April.

Prime Minister John Howard, Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer, federal Attorney-General Daryl Williams and federal opposition leader Simon Crean were among the 700 people who attended the event.

Mr Howard had to dodge egg-throwing anti-war protestors waiting for him at the entrance of the Grand Hyatt before being able to deliver his speech.

In the speech, Mr Howard praised the firm for living “the Australian dream” of a small group of people coming together with nothing and within two generations building “a very impressive business and a very professional firm”.

Arnold Bloch Leibler senior partner Mark Leibler told the crowd how the firm was built from one lawyer, one secretary and a client who had been bitten by a dog into a firm with 25 partners, 200 staff and offices in Melbourne and Sydney.

“We believe that a key to our success has been that we have not forgotten our origins,” Mr Leibler said.

“The late Arnold Bloch ... taught us to respect each and every client. Furthermore, the firm remains dedicated to using the law as a civilised and reasoned social instrument to seek solutions and overcome obstacles.”

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