Fox Tucker will be looking to retain its crown in the annual RollOnFriday Australian Firm of the Year Survey.
The Adelaide-based firm, which also has offices in Melbourne and Shanghai (how interesting), beat the likes of the top tier and new global entrants offering stints in Paris and Humphrey Bogart's favourite city of Casablanca (but the coffee in Melbourne is exceptional) to top the poll with an overall satisfaction rating of 87 per cent. In taking the title they pipped the law firm that might or might not be named after a brand of sunglasses, Mills Oakley, which achieved a satisfaction rating of 80 per cent.
It was a pretty good effort for the wily Fox Tucker to pick up the gong in its first year of practice, with the firm's managing partner, "crazy" Joe DeRuvo (that one was for all the Seinfeld fans), telling Lawyers Weekly in March that it is always nice to get "positive feedback".
"It was very important to us to make sure that the staff came on a journey with us. If you are going to engage in any real change, as we did, you can fall into the trap of driving it from the top and just having the partners and the managing group drive the whole process," he said.
The ROF survey certainly addresses the big issues, with questions on the quality of a firm's biscuits and toilets included with more cerebral survey fare regarding work-life balance, salary and career development.
For those who do enjoy a bikkie, like Folklaw, Clayton Utz was voted as the best firm for its biscuits last year.
While it is all bouquets for the winners, the lowest scoring firms get whacked with a brickbat.
DLA Phillips Fox, DeRuvo's previous firm which is now DLA Piper, took out last year's Golden Turd award as the firm with the lowest satisfaction rating, not troubling the scorers unduly with a 33 per cent score.
For lawyers with some time on their hands (we are looking at you, M&A and capital markets practitioners), you can vote here.