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18 Sep 2009

Clayton Utz women lawyers' network gains MOMENTUM

Sydney, 18 September 2009: Leading Australian law firm Clayton Utz has formally launched its national women lawyers' network MOMENTUM, underlining the firm's commitment to being an employer of choice for women.

MOMENTUM aims to support women at Clayton Utz in building successful careers at the firm by promoting their professional and personal development as well as providing networking and relationship development opportunities.

MOMENTUM was officially launched at a function at Clayton Utz' Sydney offices last night attended by members of the Clayton Utz Board, senior management, lawyers and support staff, as well as clients of the firm. The guest speaker was Diane Grady, who sits on the board of directors of Goodman Group, Bluescope and Woolworths and is a senior advisor to global consultancy McKinsey and Company. Ms Grady was the first woman outside the US to be elected to McKinsey's global partnership.

Speaking at the launch, Chief Executive Partner David Fagan said Clayton Utz was committed to creating a work environment that would maximise women's opportunities to succeed and advance in their careers.

"For many years Clayton Utz has been supporting women lawyers to build successful careers through both internal and external initiatives, in various offices around the firm. MOMENTUM will continue to build on these initiatives firm-wide," said Mr Fagan.

"MOMENTUM is an important part of our commitment to being an employer of choice for women so Clayton Utz continues to attract, retain, develop and promote Australia's most talented female lawyers."

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