On the morning of May 21, 2007, Andrew Grech stood in front of the board of the Australian Securities Exchange in his home town of Melbourne to mark a globally historic moment for the legal profession.
Slater & Gordon, founded in 1935 to protect Victorian workers, was blazing a trail by becoming the first in the world to publicly list on the stock market.
It would be the first law firm to place the inherent conflict between the courts, its clients and shareholders on public trial.
“Everyone profits from the law. I don’t think that’s going to be earth-shattering news,” Grech said at the time.