SBL Shmith

International Lawyers - Melbourne, Australia

Terms of Use and Disclaimer

SBL Shmith Pty Ltd ABN 71 173 648 408 (SBL) carries on business, together with others, under the name Withers SBL in the manner described below.

By using this website you are deemed to accept the terms of use and disclaimer (Terms of Use) set out below as amended from time to time.  The Terms of Use include our Privacy Policy and any other terms and conditions on this website.

We may change the Terms of Use at our discretion and without notice. A version of the current Terms of Use will be available on this website as they are changed. This legal disclaimer is in no way limited or altered by any other terms or conditions on this website.

If you are a client of SBL, nothing in these Terms of Use is intended to take over from or vary any provision in your engagement letter or any other agreement concerning any applicable privilege or the lawyer-client relationship, all of which will continue to apply.

Legal Status

This website is owned and operated by SBL a company incorporated in Victoria, Australia and which carries on business, together with others,  under the name Withers SBL. SBL is an incorporated legal practice with number E0021076 regulated by the Legal Services Board of Victoria, Australia.

SBL is a member of an alliance of law firms practising in Australia under the name Withers SBL (Alliance). The alliance comprises Balazs Lazanas & Welch (ARBN 135 587 263) (BLW) a limited liability partnership formed under Delaware law and a partnership for the purposes of the Legal Profession Act 2004 (NSW), Withers Australia a partnership registered in Australia with ABN 19754293435  (WA) and SLB (Alliance Members).

SBL is a separate and independent legal entity from both BLW and WA and neither BLW nor WA take any responsibility for the content of this web site.

Confidentiality and Privilege

Each of the Alliance Members will continue to preserve clients’ confidentiality and legal professional privilege.  Alliance Members may exchange information with each other for the purposes of the Alliance including but not limited to the provision of advice and other work done for you. We may also exchange information about existing or past matters that we have handled but only:

  • to assist with identification of and access to relevant expertise across the Alliance Members; and/or
  • to the extent necessary to check that no conflict of interest exists with any matter handled by an Alliance Member.  We may also disclose information on a confidential basis to third party service providers including legal process outsourcers.  For further information about how we use personal information please see our Privacy Policy.

No Legal Advice or Solicitor/Client Relationship

The content of this website (including any publications) is intended only to provide a summary and general overview on matters of interest.  It is not intended to be comprehensive and does not constitute legal advice and we disclaim any duty of care in respect of the same. We attempt to make the content current but we do not guarantee its currency. Your use of this website does not create a solicitor/client relationship between yourself and SBL.  You should seek legal or other professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content.


SBL is not liable for any act or omission of each of BLW or WA or both of them or of any of the affiliated firms or entities of BLW or WA.

We make no representations or warranties regarding this website or its content and exclude all implied warranties except to the extent prohibited by law.

We are not responsible, and exclude to the maximum extent permitted by law, any liability to you or anyone else suffered in connection with the use of this website or any of its content.  Your use of this website is entirely at your own risk.

Where liability cannot be excluded, any liability incurred by us in relation to this website or its content is limited to the extent provided for by the Australian Consumer Law (schedule 2 of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010).  Where a limit can be specified, that limit is $1.00.  To the maximum extent permitted by law, we will not be liable for any indirect, incidental, special or consequential loss.

SBL will not be liable for any interference with or damage to your computer systems that may occur in connection with use of this website or a linked website, or for any data lost or any equipment or software replaced by you as a result of you using this website.  You must take your own precautions to ensure that whatever you select for your use from this website is free from viruses or anything else (such as worms or Trojan horses) that may interfere with or damage the operations of your computer systems.

SBL Intellectual Property

Unless otherwise indicated, SBL owns the copyright in the content of this website.  Some of the copyright in the content may be owned by someone else and is included on our website under a licence or agreement.

You may only access and use the content for non-commercial or personal use unless you have prior written approval from us.  You may print out any content on this website for your personal use.  All other use, copying or reproduction of this website or any part of it is prohibited except to the extent permitted by law. None of the content or any part of it may be reproduced on any other internet website.
If you seek to reproduce or otherwise use the content or any part of it is your responsibility to obtain approval for such use where necessary.


Our website is linked to other websites (including websites for BLW and WA) over which we have no control. We make no representation about the accuracy or completeness of information contained on those websites. We are not liable for those websites.


If we allow you to post comments, you are responsible for all comments which you post (or that are posted using your user name). You must not post any comment which:

  • is false or defamatory;
  • is abusive, harassing, threatening or an invasion of privacy;
  • is obscene or sexually explicit;
  • is racist or otherwise discriminatory;
  • infringes copyright;
  • is contrary to Australian law;
  • is commercial advertising;
  • is spam; or
  • links to a website the contents of which breach the above.


We include email addresses and phone numbers on this website to assist in our business functions.  The display of those contact details does not constitute consent by us or the relevant individuals to receiving unsolicited commercial email or text messages, phone calls or spam.


This website is created and controlled by SBL in Victoria, Australia. By accessing it, you agree to be bound by the laws of Victoria, Australia and consent to the submission of any disputes to the courts in Victoria, Australia.

SBL does not represent that it holds the authorisations and approvals required to provide legal advice in all jurisdictions where the content of this website may be viewed or received.  You must ensure that access to and use of this website and its content is in accordance with the laws of your jurisdiction.