Highlight: Boutique beats top names at Australasian Law Awards

Brave Legal's employee wellbeing initiatives triumphed over those of Kennedys and EY Law, among others

Highlight: Boutique beats top names at Australasian Law Awards

The 2022 Australasian Law Awards celebrated more than just achievements in the field of law – it also put the spotlight on the important work done by members of the legal profession outside of it.

Brave Legal was described by judges as “truly innovative and inspiring” and “an example of true caring and action in an industry which often thinks that ‘resilience’ is the key to wellbeing issues” – qualities that won the boutique firm the Excellence in Employee Health & Wellbeing award. The boutique beat out top names like Clayton Utz, EY Law, Hall & Wilcox, Hamilton Locke and Kennedys.

Judges lauded Brave Legal for having a “unique and caring initiative” and being “a law firm where health and wellbeing are synonymous with legal resolve.”

Top firm King & Wood Mallesons not only got nods for its role in the Equity Market Deal of the Year and won big as Law Firm of the Year (>500 lawyers), but it also took the crown as Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year. Awards judges praised the firm for its “client-focused innovation and drive to make a difference for its employees and in the pro-bono space.”

Allens, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Gadens, Proximity and New Zealand firm Simpson Grierson were top contenders for the Corporate Citizen Firm of the Year award as well, highlighting the strength of the candidate pool.

Meanwhile, Gilbert + Tobin’s (G+T) Legal Service Innovation Team emerged victorious over Aptum Legal, Ashurst, Clayton Utz, Gadens, the K&L Gates Innovation Committee, Lander & Rogers and Quantum Law Group in the Excellence in Technology & Innovation category. Judges praised the G+T team for “an industry-leading offering that is accelerating the takeup of technology and the benefits of innovation in the legal profession.”

The winners of the 2022 Australasian Law Awards were announced on 19 May.

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