Client Choice Awards 2015

Congratulations to the 2016 Client Choice Awards practitioner winners!

Click here to view the 2016 Client Choice Awards winners list.

Award categories for practitioners

For practitioners in Accounting, Consulting Engineering, Law, Management Consulting, IT Services and IP Specialist firms in Australia and New Zealand there are seven categories of Award. These Awards were introduced in 2015 – and are like no other awards.

Your clients will nominate you and score you on quality and service. And your clients will give reasons for their scores too. And if you are a Winner you will learn what your clients said about you – although not which clients said what. Read why here.

How practitioners can win a Client Choice Award

As a practitioner, your firm has to be in it, for you to win it.

Make sure your firm enters. As an individual practitioner, you can only be eligible through your firm’s entry.

To understand how this works click here.

Best professional sponsor

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Professions Australia is the national peak body for the professions. We have been the voice of the professions to government since 1971. Our vision is to operate as the recognised national authority on professional idea, conduct, standards and practice in service of the community.

Consulting engineering practitioner sponsor

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Engineers Australia is the representative body for the engineering profession in Australia. With over 100,000 members across Australia, Engineers Australia represents all disciplines and branches of engineering.  Engineers Australia maintains representation in every state and territory of Australia.  Engineers Australia is constituted by Royal Charter to advance the science and practice of engineering for the benefit of the community.

Management consulting practitioner sponsor

University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Business School is recognised internationally and ranks beside some of the best business schools in the world. We are the only Australian business school to achieve membership to CEMS, the Global Alliance in Management Education, in addition to international accreditation from AACSB and EQUIS. These international accreditations are strengthened by our alignment with other world-class business and management education institutions globally.

Accounting practitioner sponsor

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CRA provides specialist risk advice as an outsource service for the referred clients of financial planners, accountants, lawyers and general insurance brokers.

Legal practitioner sponsor

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CRA provides specialist risk advice as an outsource service for the referred clients of financial planners, accountants, lawyers and general insurance brokers.

There is no application process for practitioners, you are entered when your firm enters

There is no application process for practitioners. To understand how the process for practitioners works click here.

The timetable and dates for firms apply to practitioners as well:

30 September 2016
November 2016­–February 2017
February­–March 2017

The Financial Review

Judging process for practitioners

The diagram shows the six steps involved in the judging process that identifies those practitioners that reach the Finalist stage and are ultimately Winners of these categories of Client Choice Awards.

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If you have any questions about the judging process for practitioners please write to George Beaton at george.beaton@beatonglobal.com.

Client Choice Award categories for Practitioners

Accounting firm Awards Sectorcircle Law firm Awards
Best Accountant Award Best Consulting Engineer Award Best Lawyer Award
Management consulting firm Awards Consulting engineering firm Awards
Best Management Consultant Award Best IP Specialist practitioner

Why you must ensure your firm applies for the Awards

As a practitioner, your firm has to be in it, for you to win it.

There is no application process for practitioners. To understand how the process for practitioners works click here and here at paragraphs 7 and 8.

358A2744Winning the 2015 award for Best Practitioner in Australia and New Zealand is very important to my firm, McInnes Wilson, and to me personally.

Being named Best Practitioner in Australia and New Zealand is recognition from the people that matter most to us, our clients. The Financial review Client Choice Awards are truly unique in this respect.

McInnes Wilson has a strong culture of putting our clients needs first and foremost. This is something we seek to instil in all of our staff, both professional and support, from day one with the firm. Doing the little things like going to the client and meeting with them in their office rather than making them come to us, making sure that on every matter the relevant principal is always available to the client, and returning calls and emails urgently and making sure we invest time and money back into all of our clients.

These may all seem like small things. But it is small things such as these that make the difference.

We rely heavily on referrals and feedback from clients in developing future business, so it is pleasing to be recognised by our clients for nurturing those relationships.

Mark Woolley
Principal, McInnes Wilson

Testimonial

For Hall & Wilcox, our Client Choice Award wins have been important milestones on our journey to becoming a leading independent business law firm. Award wins give our clients confidence that they are engaging a firm at the top of its game. In addition, Award wins give our people the recognition they deserve for their great work. Each year our Client Choice Awards’ performance is a tangible measure of whether we are on track with the execution of our strategy.

Tony Macvean

Managing Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Testimonial

At Thomson Geer, one of our goals is to enhance our clients’ competitive position. The voice of the client has reflected this with the firm awarded our Client Choice Award, as this Top 50 ASX listed client comment demonstrates: “The winning of a 2014 Client Choice Award reflects the quality and value of the legal services provided to us by Thomson Geer”.

Adrian Tembel

Chief Executive Partner, Thomson Geer

Testimonial

To win a Client Chocie Award demonstrates our commitment to providing exceptional service, both to our staff and to our Clients. This assists us in attracting and retaining the best people as well as be considered for the more prestigious and iconic projects.

Jose Granado

Managing Director, Wood & Grieve

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