In 2016, Mills Oakley achieved outcomes in relation to job creation and innovation that were market leading, not only for a mid-tier firm but benchmarked against any commercial firm in Australia.
Firstly, Mills Oakley was again recognised by Australasian Lawyer in 2016 as the fastest growing firm in Australia. The magazine described MO as “boasting one of the longest track records of consistent growth in the Australian market.” For its part, The Australian newspaper described MO as the “absolute…standout performer in job creation."
In 2016 Mills Oakley also became a Top 10 Australian law firm, measured by lawyer count. This was recognised in the AFR’s Partnership Survey in December 2016 and represents a milestone in the firm’s journey from a single office in Melbourne to a truly national partnership in five capital cities.
Secondly, MO broke new ground in 2016 with Australia’s first legal services Innovation Accelerator (a legal sector first, as acknowledged by Australasian Lawyer). The Accelerator is a unique program to deliver up to $500,000 in start-up capital for entrepreneurs who demonstrate a viable alternative model for the delivery of legal services.
Citing the Accelerator, Australasian Lawyer named MO as a top Innovation Firm in December 2016. Three entrepreneur teams are currently taking part in the Accelerator program, with Mills Oakley taking equity in each start-up to demonstrate its long-term commitment to viable legal services innovations.