Marque Lawyers beats Big Six to Australian Firm of the Year 2013
25 January 2013
Lawyers across Australia have contributed unvarnished assessments to the RollOnFriday Australian Firm of the Year 2013
survey, opining on everything from work/life balance to the state of their firms' loos. And for the second year running, Marque Lawyers has emerged triumphant as the Firm of the Year, beating Mills Oakley and Lavan Legal into second and third places respectively.
It was an emphatic victory. The seven partner firm excelled in
every category and scored a whopping 91% overall. Employees rated it particularly highly for career development opportunities, resulting in a 95% score. The firm also scored highly for management openness, no doubt helped by Marque's egalitarian
"six monthly random allocation of open plan cubicles for all staff
Marque workers said they were "happy to come in every day
" to an office which "allows you to be yourself
" and where people
are "always laughing
". However the firm wouldn't be for everybody as it has music playing in the office all day - although current staff seem convinced that the work of the Artist Formerly Known As Prince somehow helps with their drafting.
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During the day there are
" and, er, "squirms,
" and there's a "4pm pens
down on Fridays
" rule - apparently often followed by dancing and drinking in the office until the early hours. "God, they can order an awesome Jäger Train
" says one contributor.
A delighted spokesman said "It just goes to prove that the recipe for
success in law is exceptional people, a genuine commitment to cake and a
freezer full of vodka. Thanks RoF, we couldn’t be more chuffed
But spare a thought for Mills Oakley, which has now been pipped at the post three years on the trot. It scored a very respectable 86% and happy campers reported a "really
positive feeling which has infused the whole firm
". Although one lawyer still shudders at the memory of the partner who "insisted on "milking" a male
turkey (by hand) in the animal husbandry shed before accepting instructions
". Better luck next year, and good luck with the therapy too.Click here
for the full results table and there'll be a more detailed
breakdown of all the firms' performances next week.