Australasian Law Awards

Thursday, 17 June 2021


The Australasian Law Awards proudly returns in 2021 to recognise the region’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals, deals and cases over the past year. It’s a true reflection of excellence in the legal profession.

Leading firms, in-house legal teams, and lawyers are encouraged to nominate across 30-plus categories and be recognised for their achievements and outstanding work. Submissions will be reviewed by an esteemed independent judging panel.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner in 2021. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession. Excellence awardees will be announced in Australasian Lawyer and online channels on 20 May. Gold winners will be revealed at the highly anticipated virtual ceremony on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Excellence Awardees will be announced online on the 20th May, while Gold Winners will be announced at a live virtual event on the 17th June. More info to follow.

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.

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