Cooper Grace Ward is extremely proud to be one of 19 Australian and New Zealand organisations, and the only law firm, accredited as an Aon Hewitt Best Employer for 2013.

The firm received official accreditation last Thursday night at Aon Hewitt’s ‘Best of the Best’ gala presentation in Sydney, alongside other Best Employers such as Marriott Hotels & Resorts, FedEx Express, Silver Chef, Stihl and Frucor Beverages.

Best Employer accreditation is based upon an exceptionally rigorous qualification process, involving feedback from the organisation’s own workforce as well as thorough analysis of business performance and people practices.

Cooper Grace Ward Managing Partner Chris Ward said the accreditation was wonderful recognition, and testament to the value the firm placed upon a range of factors, including our team, workplace culture, effective leadership, open communication and high performance.

Being a Best Employer is about leadership and commitment,” Mr Ward said. “It is about our leaders embracing the strategy and the desired actions, and then living this each and every day.”

It is easy to do in good times but what is truly defining is sticking to our strategy when business conditions are challenging,” he said.

The firm has taken part in Aon Hewitt’s engagement survey since 2006, receiving a ‘highly commended’ citation in 2009. This year, Cooper Grace Ward was one of 125 companies that chose to participate in the program.

There is no limit on the number of organisations that can achieve accreditation each year, and the process is designed to produce valuable intelligence on the state of an organisation and how best to maximise the potential of its people.

Mr Ward said Cooper Grace Ward’s ongoing participation in the program was underpinned by the firm’s commitment to achieving high performance for clients.

If we can understand how to achieve high engagement within our team, the end result of that will be our ability to produce outstanding outcomes for our clients.”


About Cooper Grace Ward

Cooper Grace Ward is a leading Australian law firm servicing clients with a local, national and international presence. Since its origins in 1980, Cooper Grace Ward has established a first class reputation through its high professional standards, outstanding client service and excellence in its chosen practice areas. With 20 partners and over 220 team members, Cooper Grace Ward offers clients the expertise, experience and resources necessary to achieve excellent outcomes for their businesses. The firm has an exceptional team culture, with a focus on developing strong client relationships, understanding clients’ businesses and delivering outcomes that align with clients’ needs.

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