A diverse and inclusive workforce

Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, sexuality, gender, age, cultural background and ability/disability.

Inclusion, of course, goes hand-in-hand with diversity.  The combination helps to generate new ideas, creates more effective teams and relationships, and is key to attracting, developing and retaining the very best people.

Gender equality

We want to make Clayton Utz an environment in which women have every opportunity to succeed. We have a detailed Gender Strategy and Action Plan and our many initiatives include setting gender targets, implementing the Law Council of Australia's Gender Equitable Briefing Policy, and improving the parental leave experience. Clayton Utz is a Workplace Gender Equality Agency Employer of Choice for Gender Equality.


Flexibility is an absolute priority and we have a dedicated National Flexibility Manager. Flexible work practices are important to our male and female employees and are not simply about part-time work or caring for children. A flexible work environment is vital for our employees to be able to balance their unique and changing needs during different life and career stages. 

LGBTIQ inclusion

Clayton Utz is a member of Pride in Diversity (the Australian employer support program). Integral to our diversity and inclusion strategy is our LGBTIQ program which focuses on such things as fostering an LGBTIQ-inclusive culture within the firm, connecting with the broader LGBTIQ community, implementing best practice policies, training and education. Our efforts have made a huge impact on the firm and our people.  We are proud to be a 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 AWEI "Gold Employer" – the only law firm with this track record and to reach "Platinum Qualifier" status.  This is a testament to our dedication, drive and vision of an LGBTIQ-inclusive workplace. 

We are conscious that some applicants (including members of the trans/gender diverse community) may need additional assistance or information concerning the recruitment process.  We have a leading practice Gender Affirmation Policy and Guidelines and would be happy to take applicants through this where it would be beneficial.  The Guidelines provide information, tools and resources to promote a positive experience for all who may have an involvement with a trans or gender diverse person who decides to affirm their gender.  However, we understand that every journey will be different and therefore the expectations and responsibilities of everyone involved will be different.  We leverage the resources of Pride in Diversity to help us be more inclusive in our process.  Please don't hesitate to contact Sam Byrne to learn more.  You may also like to read about our recent LGBTIQ's program's Objectives and Progress here.

Cultural diversity

We want Clayton Utz to bea culturally sophisticated firm that maximises domestic and regional business benefits through outstanding cultural intelligence. We're talking with thought leaders about cultural diversity, gathering and reporting data on cultural diversity and focusing on professional development for cultural diversity and inclusive leadership. We are proud to be an active member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, and in March 2017 we committed to the Managing Partners (of large law firms) Cultural Diversity Charter. 


Momentum is our diversity & inclusion network and activity program. It has evolved from being focused on gender to embracing all diversity streams, celebrating both difference and commonality.  It's about nurturing an inclusive environment for our people that will maximise their opportunities for business success and career satisfaction.

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