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03 June 2010

CU people and places

Key Points:

There has been plenty of activity - community, sports and events - at CU offices around the country. Here are a few highlights:

Sydney office hosts Senator Conroy at launch of UTS' Communications Law Centre

Telecommunications, media and technology stakeholders gathered in our Sydney boardroom on March 3 for the re-launch of the Communications Law Centre (CLC), now part of the University of Technology Sydney.

Co-hosted by the Director of the CLC, Professor Michael Fraser AC, and Clayton Utz Telecommunications partner Caroline Lovell, the launch was preceded by a panel seminar "NBN - The State of Play".

Speakers included Michael Quigley, CEO of NBN Co Ltd; Anne Hurley, CEO of Communications Alliance; and Allan Asher, Chief Executive of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network. The panel was a lively discussion on the process, progress and implications of the National Broadband Network program with robust questions from the floor.

Following the panel discussion Minister for Broadband, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy, officially re-launched the CLC to an audience that included the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG.

Caroline continues to lead the Clayton Utz team that advises the Federal Government on its agreement with NextGen Networks to construct new broadband backbone infrastructure under the $250 million Regional Backbone Blackspots Program.


2010 Alumni events

On May 6 our London-based alumni caught up at The Luxe Restaurant and Bar in the historic Spitalfields Market building in East London.

Our CEP-elect Darryl McDonough hosted the evening and, as always, we were pleased to see so many of you turn out (particularly on election night!).

An enjoyable evening was had by all and we look forward to seeing people again at next year's function.

We will also be hosting events for our Australian-based alumni later in the year (when the weather warms up!). Keep an eye out for your invitation or information about our events on the Clayton Utz website.

So we can make sure you get relevant event invitations, keep us up-to-date with your current contact details through the alumni section of the website.


Perth: Pedal power for the Asthma Foundation

On Sunday 21 March, seven members of our Perth office joined over 8500 other keen cyclists to ride down the freeway in the wrong direction for the WA leg of the HBF Freeway Bike Hike.

Led by Corporate partner Heath Lewis, the CU team of Adel Van Der Walt, James Roberts, Michael Thunder, Geneveve Cornejo, Frances Hoskins and Benjamin De Campo ensure their combined pedal power generated some serious funds for the Asthma Foundation - which raised over $100,000 in total from the event.

Lots of fun was had by all despite a few spills and sore rears.

Asthma affects roughly 1 in 10 Australians (over 2 million people) highlighting the worthiness of the cause.


Sydney: 10 out of 10 for 20/twenty challenge

Clayton Utz was well represented at the recent 20/twenty challenge that raises funds for The Spastic Centre to help purchase much needed communication and mobility equipment for children with cerebral palsy.

Litigation & Dispute Resolution partner Greg Williams, National Manager of Partnership Affairs Vicki Heffernan, Operations Manager Kim Sanasi, Business Systems Analyst Roxana Jarolimek and Paralegal Scott Day all took part in the challenge - which included a 2 km swim, 3km kayak, 20km walk, against the backdrop of Sydney's beautiful northern beaches.

The day was a lot of fun and we were pleased to learn that since its inception the 20/twenty challenge has raised over $2 million.


Melbourne: CU competes in Nissan / BRW Triathlon

Our Melbourne office recently entered six teams in the Nissan / BRW Corporate Triathlon National Series 2010.

Members wore out their rubber soles and red "truth suits" competing in the triathlon that consisted of a 400 metre bay swim, 10 km cycle and a 4 km run in relay teams of three. There was an ominous start to the morning with a tsunami warning being issued following the Chilean earthquake. But this didn't stop our CU contingent from toughing out the choppy conditions and completing the swim.

While some of our competitors felt the event's proximity to the festive season was a barrier to their putting in an optimum performance, four of the six teams placing in the top half of legal teams entered - a great achievement.


Finally, here are some photos from these events.

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