Herbert Smith Freehills has appointed senior lawyer Bianca Janovic to the new position of Pro Bono Counsel (Australia).
Bianca will help to drive the strategic direction of the firm’s Australian pro bono practice, in alignment with the firm’s global pro bono strategy, alongside Partner and Global Head of Pro Bono Brooke Massender. She will lead the Australian pro bono team in the design and supervision of pro bono projects which make best use of the firm’s expertise, resources and leadership to promote equal access to justice and opportunity.
Bianca has been with the firm for 10 years, having started in 2011 in Melbourne and developed a thriving practice as a senior disputes lawyer in Brisbane, where she is now based. Over this time, Bianca has also taken a lead role in some on the firm’s most sensitive, complex and impactful pro bono and reconciliation initiatives.
Bianca is co-chair of the IRIS Network and the 2019 recipient of the Kathryn Everett Leadership Fellowship for Women. She is an alumna of the Jawun secondment program and played an instrumental role in the development of the Indigenous-led Empowered Communities project.
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