Our Sydney office can trace its roots back to 1833, when George Robert Nichols, the son of the colony's first postmaster and the first native-born Australian to be admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, opened his practice.
As the practice expanded, it evolved into John H. Clayton and then, by 1920, it had become Clayton & Utz. Apart from losing the ampersand, it's the name we still proudly carry today.
Our people are committed to excellence - in everything they do. They are commercial, pragmatic, and focused on delivering an exceptional client service.
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Clayton Utz is located at 1 Bligh St, which is designed to achieve a 5 Star NABERS Energy rating and has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Office Design v2 Certified rating, the first such high-rise in Sydney.
Bligh St is in the heart of the city and central business district, close to Sydney's world-famous Harbour Bridge.
Visitors and accessibility
See below for detailed information.
Our street address
1 Bligh Street
New South Wales
Tel: +61 2 9353 4000
Fax: +61 2 8220 6700
V-Card: Clayton Utz - Sydney
Our postal address
GPO Box 9806
New South Wales 2001
DX 370 Sydney
Visitors and accessibility
Access to Sydney
Approach to CU
The Sydney Office is located within the Sydney CBD, a short path from Wynyard and Circular Quay Station’s and light rail services. You can find accessibility information for NSW Trains at https://transportnsw.info/travel-info/using-public-transport/accessible-travel
Cars and taxis can drop off on either O'Connell Street or Bligh St, both allow entrance to the Sydney Office.
Please note the O'Connell Street & Bent Street entrances are access via stairs from the street level.
The Bligh Street entrance does not have stairs and is therefore the best for people with mobility issues and/or wheelchair access.
The overall route through the foyer to Clayton Utz offices is wide and step free.
There is a disabled access door to the right of the revolving doors.
The door is manned during the day by security to assist people into the office. The disabled access door from all three entrances (Bligh, Bent & O’Connell) has a push button (flushed button) access for the doors to open automatically, to either enter or exit the building.
To enter through the turnstiles to access the office floors, the concierge team can open the turnstiles. There is an extra wide turnstile for wheelchairs, prams etc.
To exit through the turnstile. there is a button on top of the turnstile that will alert concierge someone needs to exit and have the turnstile opened for them.
The main reception desk has been designed to accommodate wheelchairs, the lowered section of the counter is next to the reception seating on the right hand side.
Reception staff will be able to respond to specific requests or requirements from visitors with disability, for example accessible pathways, requests for different seating, changes in lighting, access to hearing loops etc. in meeting rooms.
Security Gates and Doors
The security gates have been designed to accommodate those with mobility issues and/or wheelchair users. The gates are monitored at all times and our security staff will operate them for you / your visitor.
Passenger lifts serve each floor in the building and have been designed to accommodate wheelchair and disabled users. Pressing the wheelchair button holds the lift doors open for a longer period of time allowing those with mobility impairments time to access the lift safely. The passenger lift bell will sound once it has arrived on the relevant floor.
We can offer a car park for visitors with accessibility needs. Parking spaces must be pre-booked. Please contact our reception on 02 9353 4000 or email [email protected].
BindiMaps is a mobile wayfinding app, that locates users precisely on our client floors. It uses a simple, natural language audio system to describe where users are and what’s around them, and the best way to get to their chosen location on our client floors.
Induction loops - hearing
An induction loop is available in Sydney. Please ask Reception staff for further information.
Guest Wi-Fi is available throughout the building. Please ask at Reception for further details.
Catering and Café facilities
In most instances catering will be delivered to your meeting room. However, accessible catering facilities are also available in the main cafe areas. Please ask any member of the catering team if your visitor requires assistance at the serving counter and advise the catering team in advance of any special dietary requirements prior to the visit.
Guide dogs or any animals trained to assist people with disability are welcome. Water can be provided by our catering team. The closest relief area for animals is the domain gardens. The team can provide a moisture absorbent mat.
Accessible bathrooms are located on each wing of every floor. The facilities include an emergency distress alarm.
Evacuation Instructions for mobility impaired visitors
In the unlikely event of an emergency evacuation, mobility impaired visitors (and hosts) who are unable to manage the stairs will be evacuated using the emergency lifts.
Please follow this procedure in the event of an evacuation:
- Escort your guest to one of the areas outside of the fire stairs on either side of the building as soon as the alarm sounds. The refuges are located in the lobby of the staircases on each floor and are protected from the effects of fire and smoke.
- Use the emergency telephone (in the red box) to notify Security that you are in the refuge.
- Security will be able to identify your location through the Fire Control Centre.
- Security will then bring the fireman’s lift to your location and evacuate you.
Head of Premises: Kim Vella - (02) 9353 4482 / 0410 430 931
Facilities Manager: Nafisa Jordan - (02) 9353 5448 / 0415 838 328 and Peter Hatzinicolaou - 0402 759 088
Senior Manager - Health, Safety and Wellbeing: Julio Bara - (02) 9353 4307 / 0466 928 271