Perth-based Lavan Legal and Brisbane-based Trilby Misso Lawyers came out on top in the state finals of the 17th annual Telstra Business Awards, announced on August 5.
Both firms received the Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award for their respective states, and will now progress to the national Telstra Business Awards.
McInnes Wilson Lawyers was also a finalist for the Queensland Panasonic Australia Medium Business Award (for businesses with more than 20 employees but fewer than or equal to 200 employees) in the awards program.
"Legal firms stood out this year with our judges impressed by their innovation, staff management and retention and strong commitment to corporate social responsibility," Telstra Business Group Managing Director Deena Shiff said.
Business Development Manager for Lavan Legal, Erin Keenan said the firm's success stemmed from its readiness to take risks in a challenging market.
"We take risks in our marketing, we think laterally in our approach to people and in our approach to the market generally,"
Lavan Legal was also recognised as a finalist in the WA Sensis Social Responsibility Award for its fundraising and support of community projects, leveraging its infrastructure, people, clients and contacts in the community.
"Whether we are collecting donations for charity, running events to build the profile of our community partners or providing them with legal services, we actively seek to make a positive contribution that extends beyond the commercial practice of law," Keenan said.
Trilby Misso Chief Financial Officer, Neil Fitzpatrick acknowledged the particular challenges facing compensation and injury lawyers in Queensland.
"Recognising the legislative restrictions on advertising for an industry with a reputation as 'ambulance chasers', Trilby Misso has succeeded through the ongoing promotion of the company as being principled, purposeful and professional, delivering exceptional service,"
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