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GAR 100 - 4th Edition

Clayton Utz

18 February 2011

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.

Recent events

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

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