McInnes Wilson Lawyers

McInnes Wilson Lawyers has been selected as an Employer of Choice in The Australian Business Awards 2022. The Australian Business Award for Employer of Choice [EOC] recognises organisations that develop workplaces that maximise the full potential of their workforce through established policies and practices which demonstrate effective employee recruitment, engagement and retention.

“We are thrilled to be awarded a winner of the ABA 2022 Employer of Choice Award. McInnes Wilson is proud to be a firm that encourages all employees to be part of a learning organisation and are committed to enhancing our peoples’ capabilities through the facilitation of various development programs and initiatives. We are extremely pleased to be able to set the conditions for every employee to have a healthy, mutually supportive work-life balance.”

Paul Tully - National Managing Director, McInnes Wilson Lawyers

McInnes Wilson Lawyers is an award-winning national law firm in the Australian legal industry. Established in 1975, the firm has grown to a practice of 48 principals and over 300 staff in seven office locations, including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Maroochydore and Southport. The firm prides itself on providing technically excellent, tailored legal services and delivering value to our clients through a diverse and well-experienced workforce. McInnes Wilson Lawyers is a prominent member of an international group called GlobaLaw, a worldwide network of 115 independent law firms employing over 4,500 solicitors in 175 cities. The firm’s vision is to be a full leading service legal and advisory company and employer of choice, with international affiliations and a commitment to quality client service, value, and responsiveness.

The firm’s position within its respective industries was again lauded at the 2022 Best Lawyers in Australia and 2021 Doyle’s Guide Awards. Throughout 2021, the firm received 46 listings from Doyle’s Guide and 46 listings from Best Lawyers Australia. These two publications rate and recommend law firms and individual lawyers based on extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies. The firm and its people are consistently listed and recognised in these Industry awards, a testament to our lawyers’ professional development and firm excellence.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers has created a culture and work environment where its employees are stimulated to reach their full potential both at work and in their personal lives. The firm encourages every employee to be part of a learning organisation proactively and is committed to enhancing its peoples’ capabilities through the facilitation of various development programs and initiatives, including:

• ‘Reach Your Peak’ Leadership Development Program provides senior leaders with the skills and knowledge to engage, inspire, motivate, communicate, and empower employees to achieve their best.

• Mentoring Program provides participants with an ongoing source of career guidance and professional support from senior leaders that encourages personal and professional growth.

• Supervised Workplace Traineeship provides law graduates with an in-house 12-month traineeship designed according to legislated admission requirements.

• Continuing Legal Education (CLEs) provides fortnightly sessions to assist practitioners in remaining up to date with legislative changes and industry standards.

• Legal Services Traineeship provides entry-level administration related positions to complete a certificate III qualification and promotion opportunities.

• Study Sponsorship provides financial support for the completion of post-graduate studies.

Evidence collected through participant testimonials and feedback programs indicate these iniatives are well received by our people. This evidence underpinned the firm’s award submission for Lawyers Weekly – Law Firm of the Year 2021, which ultimately saw the firm announced as a named finalist.

McInnes Wilson Lawyers sets the conditions for every employee to have a healthy, mutually supportive work- life balance. MCW has introduced flexible work to give our employees meaningful control over when, where, and how work is accomplished. The firm recognises that being an employer of choice requires a culture where working flexibly is business as usual. This initiative has increased the uptake of and support for flexible work arrangements through home-based work agreements, part-time work, paid study leave and sabbatical leave.

The 2022 Insider Views Employee Engagement Survey indicates engagement levels are boosted through job satisfaction, career development and opportunities, a healthy and safe work environment and diversity and inclusion. The overall average employee satisfaction rating resulted in 8.2 out of 10. These results are attributed to the firm’s progressive focus on developing and supporting its workforce and enhancing and improving the workplace.

Notably, this year, the firm was newly awarded the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Employer of Choice for Gender Equality (EOCGE) citation. This citation effectively recognises the firm’s active commitment and efforts to achieving gender equality both in Australian workplaces and the legal industry.

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