Want to make your lawyers happy? Give them Jägermeister; that appears to be the message that can be taken from the latest RollOnFriday Australian Firm of the Year 2013 survey.
Among the many pleasant compliments made about the winning firm, Sydney-based Marque Laywers, was that “they can order an awesome Jäger train”.
Ah alcohol, getting lawyers through their careers since time immemorial.
In the RollOnFriday survey, lawyers can score their firms in the areas of pay, career development, management openness and (the important ones) biscuits, toilets and social life.
It wasn’t just the free-flowing alcohol and ‘pens down at 4pm on Fridays’ rule that carried the day for Marque Lawyers: it scored 95 per cent for career development, 92 per cent for openness and 89 per cent for work-life balance.
The firm, which is famous for using Twitter campaigns to recruit its summer clerks, appears to be full of happy campers, with workers commenting that they were “happy to come in everyday” to an office where people are “always laughing”.
Happy lawyers? Folklaw may have to pay a visit to the firm’s office to see that...
A delighted spokesperson for the firm, which, with an overall score of 91 per cent, topped the table for the second year in a row, told RollOnFriday: “It just goes to prove that the recipe for success in law is exceptional people, a genuine commitment to cake and a freezer full of vodka.”
Cake and vodka? Folklaw would work anywhere for that!
However, Marque Lawyers isn’t the only happy-clappy law firm in town, with second and third placed Mills Oakley and Lavan Legal notching up respectable overall scores of 86 and 81 per cent respectively.
This is the third year Mills Oakley has been in the second spot. If you want Folklaw’s advice on how to win next year guys, we reckon Tequila Thursdays in the office might just help you pip those pesky Marques guys and gals to the post.
Norton Rose Australia and King & Wood Mallesons completed the top five, while HWL Ebsworth bottomed out the table with a fairly abysmal 41 per cent.
C’mon HWL! Decent biscuits and Friday night Jägers surely aren’t too much for hard-working lawyers to ask for...