Fox Tucker seems to have handled its split from DLA Phillips Fox marvelously as staff awarded the firm an impressive 90% for openness. At the arse end of the table, however, Clayton Utz and Minter Ellison both came in for some harsh criticism.


Firms are increasingly aware of the importance of being open with their staff, particularly at a time of redundancy rounds, pay cuts and recruitment freezes. And Fox Tucker certainly seems to be doing something right in this arena. Partners "spend lots of time" with their staff, who feel pretty happy about their firm's decision to break off from DLA Phillips Fox earlier this year.

At the other end of the scale, Clayton Utz where there's "no formal bonus scheme" and a "massive leadership gap", might want to take a second look at its internal comms after being awarded a woeful 25% for openness. So too might Minter Ellison, which only managed a 38% satisfaction score. Minters' staff complained "We only get told of important firm policies and changes after COB on a Thursday before they appear in the AFR the next morning."

    Minter Ellison staff yesterday

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