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Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

Throughout the years, Carew Counsel have been fortunate enough to receive awards for our service to the legal profession in Australia. As lawyers who strive for excellence in our field, we are proud to be the recipients of the following awards:

2017 – Danielle Carew – Practice Manager of the Year Award by Law Australasia

As voted by the association’s member law firms.

2017 – Pursuit of Excellence – HR and Environmental Award by Law Australasia

As voted by the association’s member law firms.

2017 – Pursuit of Excellence – Client Experience Award by Law Australasia

As voted by the association’s member law firms.

2017 – Recommended, Peter Carew – Leading Family Divorce Lawyers Australia:
Doyle’s Guide To The Australian Legal Profession

The listing of Doyle’s best family lawyers is compiled on the back of extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

2017 – Recommended, Carew Counsel – Leading Family Divorce Law Firms Australia:
Doyle’s Guide To The Australian Legal Profession

The listing of Doyle’s best family lawyers is compiled on the back of extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

2017 – Recommended, Susan Scott-Mackenzie – Leading Family Divorce Lawyers Melbourne: Doyle’s Guide To The Australian Legal Profession

The listing of Doyle’s best family lawyers is compiled on the back of extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

2015 – Employer of Choice for Training and Professional Development (Victoria):
Australasian Lawyer issue 2.05

Top-performing firm as listed in Australasian Lawyer magazine. Australia’s leading independent legal magazine.

2014 – Leading Family Law Firms (Victoria):
Doyle’s Guide To The Australian Legal Profession

Second tier ranking. The listing of Doyle’s best firms and lawyers is compiled on the back of extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

2014 – Peter Carew – Leading Family Lawyers (Victoria):
Doyle’s Guide To The Australian Legal Profession

The listing of Doyle’s best family lawyers is compiled on the back of extensive telephone and face to face interviews with clients, peers and relevant industry bodies.

2012, 2013 – Pursuit of Excellence Award by Law Australasia

Four years after being the runner up in 2008, Carew Counsel was the first firm to win this award two years in a row. Past winner of the award Ronald McCowan of McCowans Lawyers in Queensland, gives us an explanation about what the award means:

“The Oxford Dictionary defines “excellence” as being “the quality of being outstanding or very good” and it seems to me that “being outstanding” is exactly what our clients want us as their law firm to be and what we as law firms should aspire to be.

In Law Australasia excellence is expected and most, if not all, of the independent consultants and commentators who have worked with us say that there is no other association of law firms in Australia that sets such high performance benchmarks for its members or which collectively engages so fiercely in the pursuit of excellence in legal practice.

This makes it a tough environment in which to shine and because of that to be chosen by the membership to be the group’s outstanding performer of the year is a genuine achievement.

The fact is that providing excellent legal services over a long period of time is an incredibly difficult and challenging thing to do. Indeed it requires so much commitment by so many people that very few law firms are able or willing to stay the course and it is for this reason that the firms that do are so noteworthy.

The pursuit of excellence in legal practice is what unites us and what defines us. To be considered to be the best in that pursuit by your peers is a massive achievement and a wonderful endorsement of the winning firm for its client and staff. Success deserves acknowledgement and in Law Australia this is what the Pursuit of Excellence Award does.”

There is no doubt that, as working family lawyers, we are in the coalface of our industry every day. We are dealing with clients in such an emotional environment and walking their journeys alongside them, day after day. Some might think that there are times which lawyers are worthy of awards for their constant output of professionalism, sensitivity and practicality in seeking the best outcomes for clients yet we know of some unsung heroes who deserve many awards for all they do. They are our wonderful support staff who provide our clients with sensitivity, respect and invaluable assistance.

2008 – The Law Australasia Pursuit of Excellence Award, Runner Up

In terms of awards for us, recognition by Law Australasia is the ‘holy grail’ of what we aim to achieve. This award is judged by its peers to best epitomize the firm that pursues excellence on all levels of legal practice. The provision of service to a client is a given but this award seeks to recognize firms that are both innovative and at the helm of cutting edge practice.

1984 – Coutts and Connor Award, for The Pursuit of Excellence

Carew Counsel won the prestigious Coutts and Connor award for the Pursuit of Excellence in 1984.