Maurice Blackburn scoops two national law awards for excellence in class actions and staff wellbeing

18 September 2015
Maurice Blackburn’s outstanding class actions record plus the firm’s innovative staff wellbeing program on vicarious trauma have been recognised in two Lawyer’s Weekly National Australian Law Awards.

The firm was the winner of the 2015 Dispute Resolution Team of the Year and the Employee Program of the Year.

Greg Tucker, Maurice Blackburn CEO said the accolades acknowledged hard work which was underlined by a tenacious and compassionate approach to fighting injustice.

“The settlements achieved by class action teams that worked on the Victorian bushfires cases, Bonsoy, Cash Converters, and shareholder cases such as Leighton exemplify the importance of the Australian class actions regime. The successful resolution of these cases means a total of $2 billion has now been recovered for victims of mass wrongs.

“We are immensely proud of the class actions work we do. This is driven by a desire to ensure that all Australians have access to a meaningful private redress system. It is a reputation measured not solely on our record for recoveries, but also on the type of cases we take on, and the way in which we run and manage those cases for our clients.

“Running multi-party litigation on behalf of thousands of clients battling with such extreme psychological and physical trauma takes a special level of resilience, understanding, compassion and professionalism,” said Mr Tucker.

Supporting staff who do this type of challenging legal work is also a key to success.

“It is very heartening to see the mental and physical wellbeing of staff getting more attention in the legal profession. Our ground-breaking Vicarious Trauma Program was recognised for supporting staff wellbeing and is now seen an integral part of a suite of initiatives to support employee health and safety at every level,” said Mr Tucker.

The firm was also shortlisted for the Pro-bono Program of the Year award for its work with the Alfred hospital legal HeLP clinic.

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