Community Involvement

Snedden Hall & Gallop enjoys a reputation for commitment to the ACT community that spans 60 years.

We provide legal assistance to a number of local not-for-profit organisations in matters of corporate governance, contract law, leasing and employment law. Where possible, we offer these services on a pro bono basis. We’re always happy to hear about the activities being undertaken by community groups and invite you to contact us if your organisation might be interested in working with our firm in the future.

Read about our relationships and programs with business, education, community and sporting organisations below.

Master Builders ACT

Snedden Hall & Gallop is a proud member of the Master Builders ACT and a member of its Professional Sector Committee.

The MBA Women in Construction group was founded in 2018 with the aim of creating avenues for our female members to connect with other women working in similar roles or facing similar challenges within their building and construction business. As a founding partner, Snedden Hall & Gallop, assist the program to provide a calendar of events (including social events prior to COVID-19), as well as information and advice to support our members. The group recognises these women for their achievements, and aims to help them achieve personal and business success through a range of learning sessions and networking events.

So far, the group has hosted a lunch with Kate Carnell, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, attended a number of sessions conducted by Emily Shoemark, and held a workshop in digital marketing. The group is proud to support International Women’s Day – in 2019 they attended a WAFL game, and in 2020, a lunch with V8 Supercar driver Emily Duggan was planned (now postponed to 2021).

We value the opportunity to contribute to the MBA community by providing articles on relevant legal issues to the MBA’s magazine, Canberra Builder, and presenting on relevant topics at seminars.

Master Plumbers ACT

We value our roles as a business partner of the Master Plumbers ACT, which includes providing advice on legal issues faced by plumbers by hosting seminars and contributing to their regular newsletter, The Rising Main

Association of Independent Schools of the ACT

The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT) is the peak body of independent schools in the ACT. We are pleased to support their role by assisting the Association and its members with advice regarding governance, employment and industrial matters and specific legal issues relevant to the education sector.

St Vincent de Paul Society ACT

We have a long and supportive relationship with the St Vincent de Paul Society and our managing director, Richard Faulks, is a regular participant in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Pedal Power ACT

We are proud friends and supporters of Pedal Power, the ACT’s leading advocate and event organiser for cyclists.

Details of the unique benefits that we provide for Pedal Power ACT members can be found here.

Because of the deep interest that so many Canberrans have with cycling, we have provided bike riders with a number of articles on cycling and bike riding injury. Find out more here.

See you out on the bike!

The Canberra Raiders

We bleed Green!

Snedden Hall & Gallop is proud to sponsor the Canberra Raiders, an important cornerstone of the ACT sporting community.

Since 2006, Snedden Hall & Gallop has provided legal counsel to the Raiders, their staff and players as well as the Raiders Group which support the ACT region’s rugby league community.

The diverse legal support we’ve provided to the Raiders includes:

  • interpretation of NRL rules and appeals
  • chairing disciplinary appeals committee for Canberra District Junior Rugby League
  • player contracts and negotiation
  • player disciplinary advice
  • organisational and constitution advice
  • assistance to individual players
  • club acquisitions
  • town planning advice
  • revenue and tax advice.

We enjoy the opportunity to support the Raiders at home games and we love the Viking Clap!

Our Sports Law team provide efficient and effective legal and ancillary services across the sporting and fitness industries. You can find out more here.

Canberra United FC

Once again, Snedden Hall & Gallop is delighted to support the Canberra United football team in the 2019–2020 season. We are proud to be the preferred lawyers for Capital Football. Our Sports Law team has assisted Capital Football with a wide range of advice from privacy issues to various contractual matters.

Here’s what Capital Football CEO, Phil Brown, has to say about our work: ‘As the official legal partner of Canberra United, Snedden Hall & Gallop continually offers quality service and advice across a number of areas. Regardless of the challenge we face or advice we seek, Snedden Hall & Gallop provides a service that gives us peace of mind that our matters will be supported with the highest professional standard and a genuine care for our interests’. Thanks Phil! We wish the Canberra United team a great season!

Canberra Area Theatre Awards

The Canberra Area Theatre Awards, affectionately known as the CAT Awards, showcase the very best amateur theatre offerings from Canberra and the region. The CAT awards celebrated their 25th anniversary in 2020, although COVID-19 restrictions meant that the annual gala event was an online affair. Congratulations to all the amazing performers who were recognised in the 2020 and previous awards.

One of Snedden Hall & Gallop’s directors, Dennis Martin, is the Chair of the CAT Awards board. We are proud to continue our association with the CAT Awards, which provide a valuable recognition of the hard work and commitment of theatre companies across the region. We value the contribution that theatre and the arts make to our community.

Canberra Bilbys Triathlon Club

We are proud to support the Canberra Bilbys as their legal advisors and sponsor of various prizes and events.

Snedden Hall & Gallop University Scholarship

Since 1999, the scholarship has been a unique mechanism for Snedden Hall & Gallop to support the next generation of Canberra lawyers. All recipients have the opportunity to undertake work experience at our offices. In 2020, Snedden Hall & Gallop will be revamping the Scholarship program.

You may meet some scholarship winners in your dealings with our firm. Gene Schirripa and Gemma Butler are current staff members who have come through the Scholarship program.

Former recipients have gone on to become lawyers at firms across Australia, High Court associates, academics, University Medallists, an ACT Young Lawyer of the Year, the Young Canberra Citizen of the Year, an Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations and a Rhodes Scholar. You can read more about the achievements of past winners here.

‘Be the best you can be’ sports day for children with a disability

‘Be the best you can be’ is a sports day like no other. Hosted by Snedden Hall & Gallop Lawyers, this unique event brings together the local community to provide school students in the ACT who have a physical or intellectual disability, with the opportunity to compete in a variety of modified sport activities in a fun and supportive environment.

This event allows us to showcase the outstanding programs being run by local Canberra community organisations and the day would not be possible without the continued support of our enthusiastic and generous sponsors.

The event consists of a rotation of modified activities such as athletics, basketball, soccer and modified rugby. Once the activities have come to an end, the participants get the chance to meet local celebrities, mascots and sporting heroes and take party in the dance party hosted by The Woden Schools Party Down Productions.

Here are what some of our previous attendees have said about the event:

‘Thank you for all your organisation with the sports day. The smooth running of the day and effort you and your organisation to go in making the students with a disability feel like champions is greatly appreciated and a reflection on the community mindedness of the organisation.’

Today our youngest son, who is autistic, attended his very first Be the best you can be, which is sponsored by your firm. Our son came home with his very first gold medal! As a parent of a special needs child you have no idea how much this means to me, with proud tears running down my face. From the bottom of my heart I say thank you for letting our son just be normal and free.’ 

‘It was a great day that we were thrilled to be a part of – it was awesome seeing so many smiling faces and I speak on behalf of the three of us when I say that we found it really special that we were able to use Rugby as a means to contribute to our community.’

For further information about our next sports day or to register your interest as a school or sponsor, contact Kirsten on

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