And so to the final categories to be dissected in the Aussie Firm of the Year 2014 survey: pro bono and diversity. 

Pro Bono

In first place for its pro bono efforts is DLA Piper. The firm scored a whopping 100% and didn’t do too badly for diversity either, coming in at third place with 92%. The firm’s international head of pro bono and corporate responsibility, Nicolas Patrick, regularly speaks on the subject at charidee conferences, and in our survey one DLA Piper lawyer comments on the firm’s “great commitment” to pro bono “both globally and locally”.


In second place is all-round high scorer and our Aussie Firm of the Year winner, Marque Lawyers. Lawyers commented on the flexible working policy they have in place for “new mums” and its “good pro bono programme”. Clayton Utz also scored well in this category with 86%, one lawyer said that its commitment to pro bono is "genuine" and added "we are most likely the most ethnically diverse firm in the top tier".


For diversity, Marque Lawyers scored big again, with 100%. Closely behind them is Gilbert + Tobin with 98%. Lawyers flooded in with comments on how open the firm is and how lawyers “can be themselves” and “have a laugh in the process”. The firm, sais another, “is not crusty and has a vision for the future.”


Rather than being diverse, HWL Ebsworth has been described as “dysfunctional”. The firm appears to make “minimal effort” to integrate people and the firm got a for a kicking for its lack of a “unified corporate culture”.

For a full breakdown of the results click here.
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