The Structure of CU

Our people are our business. We are confident, innovative and incisive with our legal advice, and have an unshakeable sense of what's possible for our clients and our people.

Legal

Our 15 National Practice Groups service clients around the country and internationally, across a range of industry sectors. They bring together teams of lawyers with the right mix of legal and commercial skills to match our clients' business needs.

Banking and Financial Services

At the forefront of industry innovation, we regularly participate in government, industry committees and working groups to review the key legal issues. Our front-end banking Partners are regularly acknowledged as leaders in their field by independent legal directories such as IFLR 1000, Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers, Chambers Global and Asia Pacific Legal 500.

For further information, please visit our Banking and Financial Services expertise page.

Commercial Litigation

Our Commercial Litigation group, the largest in Australia, has a reputation for undertaking the most complex, significant and high-profile matters, and delivering excellent results for our clients ‒ a reputation that is second to none.

We have an outstanding client service philosophy, with:

  • Technical excellence from friendly, responsive lawyers
  • Focus on ADR to ensure where possible your legal issues are resolved without the need to resort to the cost and uncertainty of litigation
  • Strategic, head-office advice and a commitment to containing costs

For further information, please visit our Litigation and Dispute Resolution expertise page.

Competition

As one of the most highly regarded competition teams in Australia, we're consistently involved in high-profile complex M&A matters that have broken new ground in competition law in Australia. Unlike any of our competitors, the group has recently provided competition advice or submissions on over 70% of all matters.

We are the go-to people for cartel-related matters and have acted on several high-profile international cases and on most leniency matters with the ACCC. We advise a number of large blue chip clients on complex, multifaceted compliance issues including Woolworths, Apple, Proctor and Gamble, GWA, and all of the Australian paint manufacturers. We are also market leaders in access and regulation, advising on a number of Australia's largest, most complex matters including parts of the access regime of the nbn, Australia's largest infrastructure project in history.

For further information, please visit our Competition expertise page.

Corporate, M&A, Capital Markets

Acting for many of Australia's top 100 companies and leading multinationals, we provide corporate clients with the tools needed to manage all the issues that arise in a successful company.

Our clients' business is our business. Whether it's capital raising, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions or commercial contract negotiation, we offer leading edge expertise, second-to-none execution skills and commercial judgment born from years of experience in the Australian corporate environment.

For further information, please visit our Corporate/M&A expertise page.

Environment and Planning

We're helping to build Australia – major infrastructure developments, mining, exploration and electricity generation, including renewable energy – by specialising in all areas of planning law, including environmental impact assessment requirements for proposed developments and infrastructure and liaising with regulatory authorities.

We regularly advise our clients on some of the largest energy and resource projects in Australia on environment assessment obligations, general regulatory requirements and post-closure liabilities and also represent them before various courts and tribunals.

For further information, please visit our Environment and Planning expertise page.

Forensic and Technology Services

We established our Forensic & Technology Services practice in response to demand from clients, to manage fraud, anti-bribery, corruption, cyber risk, supply chain risk, and regulatory investigations, and to build compliance programs at an early stage. 

For further information, please visit our Forensic and Technology Services expertise page.

Insurance

We give legal advice on high-end, complex insurance, litigation and risk matters for corporate Australia, Government and the insurance industry. With a complete service that incorporates both contentious and non-contentious experience, we provide outstanding technical expertise in insurance and reinsurance law and risk management.

For further information, please visit our Insurance & Risk expertise page.

Intellectual Property & Technology

Our IP & Technology team is one of Australia's largest and most experienced specialist groups, working at the forefront of rapid regulatory and technological change. We understand the importance of IP and the best ways to commercialise and protect it and played an integral role in events that have redefined the Australia's media and telecommunications landscape.

Our Australian and international clients include major telcos, television and radio networks, content providers, private equity firms, banks, sporting bodies, film production companies, government agencies, regulators, online service providers, new media companies, media personalities and their agents, print and digital publishers, and IT software and equipment suppliers and their users.

Our IP litigators have worked on some of the most significant disputes and precedent-setting matters in Australia including major patent litigation, high-profile Copyright Tribunal proceedings, trade mark litigation, the Designs Act and disputes arising from misleading conduct, trade secret and passing off claims. We also understand and are experienced in co-ordinating cross-jurisdictional matters for global clients.

For further information, please visit our Intellectual Property expertise page or our Telecommunications, Media and Technology expertise page.

Major Projects and Construction (MPC)

We're one of the largest dedicated construction practices in the Asia Pacific region, operating as a cohesive group of contentious and non-contentious lawyers. The group works on some of the most significant infrastructure, construction, engineering and contract mining projects in the Asia-Pacific region for public and private participants.

As an integrated full service team, we can advise on all aspects of major infrastructure, construction, engineering and contract mining projects, from feasibility study through to operation, maintenance and dispute management.

For further information, please visit our Construction and Major Projects expertise page.

Pro Bono

Clayton Utz is a leader of Australian law firms in Pro Bono practice and Social Responsibility programs. We were the first national firm to employ a Pro Bono Director (1997), to appoint a Pro Bono Partner (2005), to promote a Pro Bono Senior Associate (2006) and were a Foundation Signatory to the National Aspirational Pro Bono Target.

Since we established our Pro Bono practice in 1997, our lawyers have completed over 500,000 hours of pro bono legal work. Today, our Pro Bono practice represents more than 3% of the firm's total legal work.

For further information, please visit our Pro Bono page.

Public Sector

Our Government Services Group has advised Australian governments at the highest levels. We have an intimate knowledge of the Australian political environment, and a strong track record of advising on high profile, commercially complex and strategically important projects.

Real Estate

Our top-tier multidisciplinary Real Estate team boasts some of the country's foremost experts in all areas of property law. 

As a key player in many of Australia's most significant and complex property projects, our team advises clients in Australia and overseas including foreign institutional investors, property fund managers, government authorities, real estate investment trusts, developers and other stakeholders on some of the largest and complex projects in Australia.

For further information, please visit our Real Estate expertise page.

Restructuring and Insolvency

Recognised for our extensive industry knowledge and depth of experience, our team has worked on some of the most challenging matters across a range of industries. Combining this knowledge with our legal expertise means we can help clients develop strategies that suit their unique business aims. We advise on the full spectrum of insolvency and recovery issues, but also on pre-insolvency complex restructurings that preserve the long-term value of businesses for creditors and stakeholders.

For further information, please visit our Restructuring and Insolvency expertise page.

Tax

Our strong national Tax Practice serves high-end corporate and institutional clients, working closely with other practice groups such as banking & financial services, funds management and private equity to provide clients with concurrent advice on all aspects of transactions and issues. Clients also get a cross-section of expertise within our national tax team, including accounting, financial services, tax litigation and corporate law aspects of taxation.

For more information, please visit the Taxation expertise page.

Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety

Our Workplace Relations, Employment & Safety Practice Group is the go-to team for large organisations with challenging workplace needs.

We work with clients on the full spectrum of the employment relationship, from hiring through to management, employment law and workplace relations, industrial relations, discrimination, work health and safety, executive remuneration and diversity.

Our clients include many international and ASX 200 listed companies, leading universities, government and private sector organisations, such as Origin Energy, Brookfield, Perpetual, Woolworths, Toyota, ExxonMobil Group , Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Federal Police.

For further information, please visit our Workplace Relations, Employment and Safety expertise page.

Shared Services

Our Shared Services employees underpin all that we do as a business. There are several major groups within our Shared Services departments, as outlined below:

Clients and Markets

The Clayton Utz Clients and Markets team is responsible for creating and implementing strategies that maximise revenue generation from new and existing clients. This may include preparing and developing client plans, exploring opportunities to improve the firm's position in certain market sectors, identifying new work opportunities and emerging product areas or managing and producing events for our employees and clients.

Our Clients and Markets team has 3 main areas:

  • Markets; support our practice groups with their go-to-market strategy
  • Clients and Marketing Services; provide advice and support to our key clients as well as marketing and events services to the firm
  • Corporate Affairs; produce internal and extern communications for the firm. 

Finance and Administration

Our Finance group is responsible for delivering sound financial advice to all areas of the firm. There are two areas in our finance team; The group includes the Accounting team, which provides financial advice and support by analysing and interpreting the financial and performance results for departments across the firm, and providing input and support for corrective action. The team recommends and, where appropriate, initiates projects or processes to improve the effectiveness of these departments. Our Financial and Performance Reporting team designs and produces reports that provide financial information to assist in business decision making.

Legal Secretaries

Clayton Utz's Legal Secretaries are an instrumental part of our firm. Providing high quality administrative support services to our Partners and team members, our Legal Secretaries maximise the efficiency of the Practice Group and the Firm.

Operations and Planning

The Operations team provides a range of national support services to the firm. These include premises and facilities management, office services, secretarial support, word processing services, catering, purchasing and supply, records management and travel. This team ensures local services are delivered at the same consistently high standard across the country.

People and Development

With a presence in all our major offices, the National People and Development (P&D) team advises the business on all facets of Human Resources, including employee relations, talent, resourcing, recruitment (both graduate and lateral), remuneration, benefits, reporting and Learning and Organisational Development (L&OD).

Risk Management

Our Risk Management team identifies and minimises areas of risk for the firm and provides advice on a range of topics including Professional Indemnity Claims, Professional Indemnity Insurance, Workplace Health & Safety, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery, Cyber Risk, Workers Compensation, Travel Risk, Salary Continuance & Life Insurance.

Technology and Information Services

The IT group provides best-practice IT service and support to help our clients conduct business. The group is made up of several specialist teams in areas such as Infrastructure Support, which takes responsibility for new systems once they have been developed and tested. The Infrastructure Development team works on specific projects and provides technical support to other areas within the IT group, as well as presenting and implementing new technologies within the firm. The Projects and Development teams investigate business information systems and the Customer Service team delivers accurate, consistent and detailed support to all IT users across Clayton Utz.