Share the journey

Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of our 'Share the journey' video to find out more about life at Clayton Utz.
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Andrew Plaskett, National Director
People & Development
Clayton Utz
 

We wanted to be innovative and I think we have had a lot of feedback from employees, and particularly our graduates when they join the firm, that they want to get a real sense of Clayton Utz and what it's like to be working here so the idea came about to actually create a day in the life of two of our young lawyers.

 

David Bushby, Producer
BRR Media
 

We wanted to show people what it was like working at the firm so using real lawyers, using the firm itself, filming them doing what they actually do.

 

David Hillard, Partner – Pro Bono
Clayton Utz
 

That sort of "share the journey" approach was spot on. I think this is a place where you can develop your career and it starts from the moment you begin as a summer clerk. For somebody like me who's been with the firm now since 1991 it's certainly a place where my legal career has begun and where it continues to go off in interesting directions.

 

Kate Jordan, Partner in Charge Sydney
Clayton Utz
 

One of the sort of really important things is the fact that we're all part of a team here and that we collaborate and we as partners have sort of an open door policy so that we're accessible to our staff and people can come and ask questions as they go about their day.

 

Kounny Rattley, Senior Associate
Clayton Utz
 

Clayton Utz has more structured formal mentoring programs so when you first start as say a paralegal or summer clerk you're usually paired up with someone who's a junior person who you can relate to more on a junior level and then you're also usually paired with someone who's a bit more senior who can help guide your career progress. There's also what I like to call the unofficial mentoring program which is whenever a junior person, now that I'm more senior, whenever a junior person joins the team then I take it upon myself to look after them, to teach them, to help them become the best lawyer that they can become.

 

Jonathan Augustus, Graduate-at-Law
Clayton Utz
 

Being in my first rotation here I mean I'm obviously coming in with a lot to learn and Tony's been excellent with that, whenever I get a task or something pops up happening on a deal he will explain to me the background of that and allows me to understand what exactly we're doing, what the objective is of Clayton Utz on this matter, what our client wants, and how best to achieve that.

 

Kounny Rattley, Senior Associate
Clayton Utz
 

Jonathan is a particularly keen young lawyer who's very excited, he's very eager to learn, I'm in the private equity team so he asks lot of questions about private equity and how it works.

 

Jonathan Augustus, Graduate-at-Law
Clayton Utz
 

At any time I can go to a seminar and broaden my knowledge of law in general, corporate law, and that helps your confidence as you continue on in your rotation in the graduate program knowing that you are improving your technical skills and your knowledge of the law and that opportunity's invaluable.

 

Andrew Plaskett, National Director
People & Development
Clayton Utz
 

There's a lot of opportunities for lawyers to actually be involved, not only in working with each other but also in a range of activities whether they be social, whether it's catching up for a coffee at the start of the day to actually discuss the work that they've got on through to a range of team-based activities, such as sporting activities. A lot of times lawyers might be working on projects in the Pro Bono space or they may be volunteering with a community activity.

 

David Hillard, Partner – Pro Bono
Clayton Utz
 

And in Pro Bono we deliver excellent results to our clients, they're not paying clients but they're treated in precisely the same way as our billable practice and for the experiences that are gained for our people here it's tremendous, it's a chance to be involved in probably what made most people start being a lawyer in the first place, it's about making sure access to justice works and it makes people I think feel incredibly good about what they've chosen to do.

 

Andrew Plaskett, National Director
People & Development
Clayton Utz
 

One of the opportunities in being with Clayton Utz is you are working with one of the best law firms in Australia and indeed globally and so you will be exposed to a whole range of interesting work from day one.

 

Jonathan Augustus, Graduate-at-Law
Clayton Utz
 

When I finish at private equity I'm going to have another opportunity to work in another team, I'm actually going to broaden my knowledge and that's the best thing about working at Clayton Utz, the best thing about joining the Clayton Utz graduate program.

Can I say come and enjoy the journey?

 

David Bushby, Producer
BRR Media
 

Yeah you can say whatever you like.

 

Jonathan Augustus, Graduate-at-Law
Clayton Utz
 

Sounds great. Come and enjoy the journey. Again? Something with "experience".

Help me out with experience, experience is a good word but ... live the Clayton Utz experience, live the experience, join, join us! I'm not a great catchphrase creative dude. Journey's a good word.
Create your own experience. Yeah. Alright.

Thank you.
So where's my Oscar award?

 

David Bushby, Producer
BRR Media

That's not 'til next week.

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