Clayton Utz is a top-tier Australian law firm. With a genuine commitment to client service, we are trusted advisers to a diverse base of private and public sector organisations.
We advise Australia's top financial institutions, multinational corporations, and state and Australian government departments and agencies. We advise Australian-based clients with a need for help on offshore transactions, and foreign entities who are investing or doing business in Australia. Our independence allows us to pursue whole-business relationships with a range of leading foreign firms, not just one.
With over 180 years' experience of operating in the Australian and global economy for home-grown and foreign clients, we have a track record of getting the job done well.
Staying true to your direction is what defines Clayton Utz. At Clayton Utz, we've built a team of down-to-earth, collaborative lawyers who know that at the heart of exceptional client service is knowing what your client needs. We offer the sharpest legal minds. The clearest advice that cuts through the complexity, so our clients can concentrate on the things that really matter. And an unshakable sense of what’s possible.
Clayton Utz is serious about pro bono best practice. It's embedded into our culture and is a fundamental part of who we are as a firm. We were the first large Australian law firm to establish an in-house pro bono practice; the first to appoint a full-time pro bono partner; and the first to sign the National Pro Bono Target.
Importantly, pro bono is about the real difference that our work makes to clients' lives. We have provided over 700,000 pro bono hours since our firm was established in 1997.
In FY21, we provided 59,095 hours of pro bono legal assistance to 727 individuals and 265 not-for-profits and opened 609 new client files. We also worked with 38 Community Legal Centres, Legal Aid Commissions and Aboriginal Legal Services.
In terms of outcomes achieved, we prevented 96 people from becoming homeless, provided 1,688 hours of advice on elder abuse matters, recovered $1,134,855 in compensation for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, and recovered $684,488 for clients in respect of claims for wage theft, unfair dismissal, discrimination, and sexual harassment. All this work was done by 89% of lawyers and 90% of partners.
We remain focused on our clients' needs; collaborate with the legal assistance sector and pro bono colleagues; and make pro bono work a part of each of our lawyers' everyday practice. Our graduates complete a minimum of 40 hours of pro bono work a year.
The law is what we do, but our community is part of who we are.
We understand that we are part of the wider Australian community and legal profession, and we have set serious goals to assist us in addressing disadvantage and support access to justice in the communities in which we live and work.
Partners and employees have direct involvement with charities across Australia by volunteering and fundraising through Community Connect. This has enabled us to participate in numerous activities, with our Community Partners, including climbing mountains with children with Cerebral Palsy, holding mock job interviews in schools and setting up mobile libraries for people living on the streets. We have financially supported our charity partners through the Clayton Utz Foundation, distributing over $11 million since 2003.
We are committed, through our Reconciliation Action Plan, to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People to create positive and lasting change, and to reducing inequality between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other Australians in the areas of access to justice, education and access to support services.
We promote Environmental Sustainability through initiatives that assist us to understand our impacts and incorporate sustainability into our decision-making.
Diversity & Inclusion
Diversity at Clayton Utz includes diversity of thought, background, experience, personal circumstances, education, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, age, ethnicity and ability/disability. Inclusion means creating a workplace where all of our people are recognised for their unique contributions and can achieve their full potential.
We have a visible and robust D&I governance structure at Clayton Utz - including a Diversity Council (chaired by our Chief Executive Partner), a dedicated D&I Director and a comprehensive D&I strategy and action plans through which equality is promoted. Priorities under our D&I strategy include Gender, LGBTIQ inclusion, Cultural Diversity, Accessibility and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in addition to Flexibility.
We focus on meeting leading practice expectations including achieving the Workplace Gender Equality Agency's Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation and the Australian Workplace Equality Index's (LGBTIQ) Gold and Platinum Employer status. We also work towards the Law Council of Australia's Gender Equitable Briefing targets and are the only law firm to have registered an Accessibility & Inclusion Action Plan with the Australian Human Rights Commission.
We bring our diversity to life through our progressive policies, a focus on inclusion at key talent cycle touchpoints, as well as in our everyday workplace interactions. We have established multiple D&I interest groups to enable our people to engage and help move the agenda. We acknowledge and celebrate key dates in the D&I calendar.
Flexibility is a priority for us at Clayton Utz. It's important to us to have a work environment in which our people can balance their unique and changing needs during their different life and career stages. We facilitate flexible working arrangements in a range of different ways, including providing our people with an online portal with all of our flexibility resources in one spot. These include flexible technology, case studies of how our people are working flexibly and a step-by-step guide to flexible working at our firm. We also offer support through continuous professional development opportunities (digital and in person) and access to employee assistance programs.
What we look for
The most important ingredient to our success is our people.
We're looking for people who are personable, practical, commercially-savvy, as well as flexible. Our lawyers undertake complex and innovative legal work, so it’s important that they are intelligent and motivated individuals who aren’t afraid of a challenge. We'll look at whether you have had a broad range of experiences, such as part-time employment, voluntary work, legal experience (voluntary or otherwise), or sporting, cultural or community pursuits. You need to show you have behavioural skills such as time management, initiative, goal setting and achievement, teamwork, an understanding of client service and self-motivation.
Most importantly, we are looking for people who we'd enjoy working alongside. We want people who are going to be a good cultural fit and who embody the firm's values, every day, in all that they do.
CU Up Close
CU Up Close is a unique development opportunity for students in their pre-penultimate year of study. The program offers an opportunity to develop your practical skills and knowledge, while exposing you to commercial law and potential career opportunities within Clayton Utz.
CU Up Close features three sessions:
Students should apply online via claytonutz.com/graduates. You are encouraged to upload a résumé to transfer general information into the application (so you only have to check it has transferred accurately and fill in any blanks), followed by attaching a copy of their academic transcript and answering a few questions (in lieu of a cover letter).
The clerkship program at Clayton Utz consists of a four- or eleven-week program over summer, autumn or winter depending on your location. Starting with a local orientation, our clerks are set up for success from Day 1 with support for research training, library training and IT training, just to name a few!
During the program, clerks have the opportunity to rotate through two different practice groups that are aligned with their interests. In addition, our clerks are involved in volunteering at one of our Community Connect program partners as well as networking at a range of different firm events.
The clerkship program is aimed at students who are in their penultimate year of university. If students are in their final year of study, they can still apply but will need to outline in their application why they couldn't complete a clerkship in their penultimate year.
International students may apply if they are able to work full time during the program and if they are able to apply for the correct visa entitlements to work unrestricted in Australia once they have graduated. Graduates need to independently attain the correct work visa.
Students must apply online via claytonutz.com/graduates and are encouraged to upload a résumé to transfer general information into the application (meaning they only have to check it has transferred accurately and fill in any blanks), followed by attaching a copy of their academic transcript and answering three questions (in lieu of a cover letter).
Following submission, students will receive a separate email with a link to complete online psychometric testing via pymetrics as well as an email to participate in a voluntary RARE recruitment survey. Students must complete the pymetrics testing for their application to be reviewed.
Generally, all graduates will be recruited from our clerkship pool in a given year, however, on occasion we will have opportunities available to join directly into the graduate program. Please refer to our website for further information on when these opportunities are available, and how to apply.
Our national Graduate Program gives you the perfect foundation for your legal career. Our 2.5 week orientation program is designed to ensure that you'll hit the ground running. It consists of PLT+, local training and a national orientation week.
Our rotation program means you'll discover different areas and find the right fit for you and stay true to your direction. From day one you'll be working on complex and sophisticated legal issues, and with our innovative approach to learning and development, you'll get the support you need to become the best you can be.
From our national graduate curriculum to our leadership programs, we have a range of development programs and opportunities for every career stage to develop legal, business and personal skills that will be leading the market.
Your career development starts on Day 1 of your clerkship program through your orientation, and your journey continues through the graduate program and beyond. In addition to local and national orientation, you can expect to receive practice group intensive sessions during your graduate rotations and ongoing professional development courses throughout your career that expand your technical and leadership development.