Clayton Utz is now a fixture for Australia in the GAR 100.
- Who’s Who Name:
- Douglas Jones AM
It owes its name in the field largely to current partner Doug Jones and Michael Pryles, who was associated with the firm for many years before electing to become chair of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre. Since Pryles’ departure in 2009, Jones has played an ever greater role in the life of Australia’s arbitration community while continuing to work extensively as an arbitrator abroad. He now leads the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and is about to start as the president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
For eight years the firm has held an annual lecture on international arbitration to promote the city internationally, which is now an established fixture in many diaries. Many of the firm’s younger lawyers have gained invaluable arbitration experience through assisting Jones and Pryles.
2010 saw ACICA, which Jones leads, open the country’s first purpose-built international disputes centre in Sydney. Amendments were also made to Australia’s arbitration law. Both developments are aimed at capturing some of the work now going to Hong Kong and Singapore.
In its own foray into the Asian market, Clayton Utz has opened an office in Hong Kong. Although there is not yet a full-time international arbitration practitioner in that office, it is allowing the firm to offer a better service region-wide.
Asked to recall an occasion when it was sought out by a client “with a great deal to lose”, the firm described an instruction by a mining company that was then facing three arbitrations over its main asset. Clayton Utz helped the client to recover A$430 million in one proceeding, and settled one of the others, post-final submissions, for A$20 million more than the amount on the claim.
As this edition of the 100 went to press, news broke that Clayton Utz had recruited John Rowland QC, a barrister at 4 Pump Court in London, as a partner in the Sydney office.
Who's Who nominee:
- Douglas Jones AM
Clayton Utz is one of Australia’s largest and most successful law firms. The firm is committed to consistently achieving superior outcomes for its clients by devising innovative solutions to legal and commercial challenges.
Our lawyers are results driven, commercially savvy and recognised as bona fide leaders in their respective practice areas. Fundamental to the firm’s philosophy are its practical approach to clients’ work, a thorough understanding of their business, and partner accessibility.
Clayton Utz lawyers practice widely in the fields of capital markets and securities law, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, competition law, construction and major projects, corporate law, corporatization and privatization, health law, insolvency, insurance law, intellectual property law, international arbitration, managed investments, mergers and acquisitions, pharmaceutical and medical devices, private equity, product liability, property law, planning and environmental law, tax and pensions, trade law, and workplace relations and employment law.
Our International Arbitration team comprises pre-eminent and experienced international arbitration practitioners, recognised as leaders in the field. We have advised and represented clients in major international transactions, projects and disputes throughout the world under many of the international arbitration rules and regimes.
The firm regularly advises overseas corporations on strategies and structures for investing and doing business in Australia and handles foreign acquisitions and sales on behalf of local clients and multinationals. The firm’s strong sense of corporate responsibility is reflected in its globally recognised pro-bono practice, our Clayton Utz Foundation and community volunteering program.
Established in 1833, Clayton Utz has over 900 lawyers, and 750 support staff. The firm operates offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Darwin and Hong Kong.
No. 1 O'Connell St
Sydney NSW 2000
333 Collins Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
71 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
40 Marcus Clarke Street
Canberra ACT 2601
250 St George's Terrace
Perth WA 6000
17-19 Lindsay Street
Darwin NT 0800
703 - 704
The Hong Kong Club Building
3A Chater Road