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Local firm supporting the vibrant and flourishing Canberra arts scene for 20 years…legally

MinterEllison has been providing pro bono legal support to the CSO for 20 years. That’s good going in anyone’s book. So what is it that has allowed the partnership to endure and flourish for so long?

Michael Brennan, Managing Partner at MinterEllison, attributes the longevity to an “alignment of excellence and performance” and “shared values and vision”.

“The CSO is passionate about excellence and so is MinterEllison,” said Michael.

More broadly, he said “It’s important to support Canberra’s local art scene because culture is what gives a city its heart and soul. I hope that in some way our support has helped the CSO bring world class music to Canberra.”

Michael Brennan, Managing Partner at MinterEllison

He said that while the CSO “provides a great night of entertainment” the bigger picture was that “a vibrant and flourishing arts scene has social and educational benefits, and the various activities the CSO is involved in are a prime example of that”.

Michael said providing pro bono legal support to local organisations is “an important part of what we do as lawyers here at MinterEllison”, with Cancer Council ACT, Koomarri and Soldier On Australia other beneficiaries.

“The idea of supporting the local community is an example of where our values overlap with those of the CSO,” said Michael.

“The various outreach programs the orchestra carries out in the community and surrounding region, for children and people in aged care facilities for example, is just fantastic to see.

“It’s wonderful that we can support passionate musicians to come and live in Canberra, and then they take music out to people in the community who might miss out on the experience otherwise. There’s a lovely symmetry in that.”

Michael said “We’re very proud to have had the honour to serve as Honorary Solicitor for such a prestigious and hardworking cultural institution for so many years.”

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