Luke Geary is the Managing Partner of Salvos Legal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts/Law from Macquarie University, and a Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. From 2006 – 2009, he worked as a commercial lawyer at Mills Oakley Lawyers, where he was appointed as a Partner specialising in building, insurance and construction law.
In 2010, Luke founded Australia’s first social enterprise law firm, Salvos Legal, which is made up of Salvos Legal and Salvos Legal Humanitarian. The firm evolved from Courtyard Legal, a free legal service established by Luke under the auspices of the Salvation Army in 2005.
Since 2010, Luke has served as Salvos Legal’s Managing Partner, and is the head of the firm’s Corporate & Commercial team. He is highly sought-out by Federal and State government agencies, ASX200 listed companies, impact financiers, non-profit and religious institutions Australia-wide to provide advice on commercial, corporate advisory, insurance, workplace and construction related areas. Luke also acts as General Counsel for the Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory, and is a registered migration agent.
Awards and Recognition
Luke was named one of the 10 Most Innovative Lawyers in the Asia-Pacific Innovative Lawyers 2016 awards. He was the winner of the Burgess Paluch Pro Bono Award at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2012, and recognised as one of the Impact 25 most influential people in the Australian social sector by Pro Bono Australia in 2015.
Named Managing Partner of the Year at the Australian Law Awards 2013, Luke has also recently been selected for inclusion in the Ninth Edition (2016/17) of the Best Lawyers of Australia, in the practice area of Non-Profit/Charities Law. He was awarded the Anzac of the Year in 2010 for his service to the legal profession and the community.
Find out more about Luke and his practice here: https://www.salvoslegal.com.au/our-story/people/
Discover more about Luke’s ideas regarding social enterprises and Salvos Legal’s unique model: https://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2016/03/a-just-cause/
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