Herbert Smith Freehills announced as the Principal Legal Partner of Sydney WorldPride 2023





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Herbert Smith Freehills has become the Principal Legal Partner of Sydney WorldPride 2023.

The leading legal firm, whose CEO is the first openly-gay CEO of a global law firm, and which is a champion of LGBTQIA+ legal rights, will provide Sydney WorldPride with a range of legal support in the run-up to the first WorldPride the Southern Hemisphere.

Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett said: “Sydney WorldPride is a global celebration of LGBTQIA+ brilliance right here in Australia and we are delighted to have the support of Herbert Smith Freehills to make it happen.”

“Major events require huge legal expertise and can be challenging to manage for commercial festivals, let alone a not-for-profit like Sydney WorldPride, so we are extremely grateful for the continued advice and support that Herbert Smith Freehills provides as our Principal Legal partner.”

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From left to right: Kate Wickett, Justin D’Agostino and Rebecca Maslen-Stannage

Herbert Smith Freehills CEO Justin D’Agostino, said: “As a firm, championing diversity and inclusion is not just what we do, it’s who we are.

“We have played a role in helping to address legal discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people in a range of jurisdictions, supported the marriage equality debate and back local LGBTQIA+ organisations in countries right across our global network.”

“On a personal front, I have always been deeply committed to ensuring LGBTQIA+ inclusion is embedded across our firm and the profession. When I became a partner in 2007, I founded our first LGBTQIA+ network (IRIS), one of the first such networks of any global law firm.”

“Now, here I am, some 15 years later, announcing that we are the Principal Legal Partner of Sydney WorldPride – it’s just remarkable how far we have come,” Mr D’Agostino said.

Sydney WorldPride, incorporating Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, will be staged 17 February to 5 March 2023. For pre-sale access to tickets and news updates subscribe to our mailing list. 

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.