Slater and Gordon’s Managing Director Andrew Grech was last night awarded one of the top awards at the 2011 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.
Slater and Gordon General Manager of corporate development and operations Cath Evans said the award recognised Mr Grech’s numerous achievements from the past twelve months.
“The past year has been one of tremendous growth and change within Slater and Gordon. Andrew’s stewardship of our company’s direction has been a driving factor in our success,” Ms Evans said.
In the past year, Slater and Gordon has completed a number of ambitious acquisitions including the Trilby Misso and Keddies law firms. These acquisitions, combined with general growth have led to a massive increase in market share within personal injury law.
Ms Evans said that the achievements had been built over a longer period under Mr Grech’s leadership.
“Since Andrew’s appointment as Managing Director in 2000, he has overseen a massive transition in the size and nature of the company, including the public listing of our firm.
“Andrew has managed to deliver very positive commercial results whilst preserving the ethos of our 76 year old company. He has a staunch belief in putting the courts and clients first, and he has actively promoted that culture within the firm.
“Andrew is a leader that is held in high regard by his staff and despite his heavy responsibilities, he is known for his approachability and encouraging management style.”
Ms Evans said that Andrew’s award, which was in the Managing Partner of the Year category, will be viewed with pride by the entire “Slaters” team.
“On behalf of the 1,000 staff members who represent Slater and Gordon throughout Australia, I congratulate Andrew for this award. He richly deserves this recognition of his efforts and achievements.”
Slater and Gordon commercial and project litigation leader Ken Fowlie was also a finalist in the awards, in the Practice Manager of the Year category.
“Ken has been a pioneer of class action litigation in Australia,” Ms Evans said.
“Under Ken’s leadership, Slater and Gordon has grown to become a major player in the class action and commercial litigation market. He has grown the team to include staff outside Melbourne and Sydney to Brisbane, Preston, Coffs Harbour and Gunnedah.
“Our congratulations to Ken for being a finalist.”