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In reflection of its positive culture and outstanding client service, Herbert Smith Freehills has been named Law Firm of the Year (>500 lawyers) at the annual 2018 Australasian Law Awards. This is the second consecutive year that the firm has been awarded the hotly contested accolade.

The prestigious Australasian Law Awards were presented at a gala event attended by the who’s who of the legal industry in Sydney on 17 May. They recognise the leading law firms, in-house counsel and legal practitioners in a range of categories.

Andrew Pike, Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian Regional Managing Partner, said: “We’re honoured to be named the Law Firm of the Year yet again. This award is recognises the consistent hard work, dedication and collaboration of our people, and the exceptional results they deliver for our clients. Thanks to everyone at the firm for contributing to our  success.

“I’d also like to thank our clients for entrusting us with their most important deals and matters and giving us the opportunity to work alongside the best in-house talent in the country.”

Herbert Smith Freehills also won five other awards on the night. Partner Rebecca Maslen-Stannage was the recipient of the highly sought-after Dealmaker of the Year Award and the firm was recognised for the key roles it played in the M&A Deal of Year – Yancoal’s acquisition of Coal & Allied; the Equity Markets Deal of the Year – Yancoal’s capital raise; the Energy and Resources Deal of the Year – Lattice Energy dual track IPO/trade sale; and the Property, Infrastructure and Projects Deal of the Year – Melbourne Metro Project.

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