Clayton Utz appoints new chief executive partner

By Jerome Doraisamy|11 December 2019

The board of top-tier firm Clayton Utz has appointed its new chief executive partner for a three-year term.

Bruce Cooper, who joined CU as a partner from Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in 2010, has been appointed as the next chief executive partner. He will take over from Rob Cutler from 1 July 2020 for a three-year term.


He became a board member of the firm in 2013 and, in the following year, was appointed as one of the firm’s two inaugural deputy chief executive partners, with the responsibility for strengthening the firm’s clients and markets initiatives and guiding the firm’s international strategy.

CU board chair Steve OReilly said Mr Cooper’s appointment reflected his focus on clients and our people as being at the centre of the firms success.


Bruce is well positioned to lead Clayton Utz into its next stage of growth in what continues to be a competitive legal market,” he said.

“Over the past few years, he has been at the forefront of initiatives to embed a true client service culture within the firm, has strengthened our international relationships which has led to strong revenue growth, and introduced truly unique and engaging experiences for our people and clients such as the Clayton Utz Art Partnership.

“Were confident in Bruces ability to strengthen further Clayton Utzs reputation and market position through his vision.

Mr O’Reilly acknowledged Mr Cutlers leadership and contribution.

The board thanks Rob for guiding the firm successfully through its past five and [a] half years of strong growth in ever-changing market conditions,” he concluded.

“He has been an exceptional leader who we know will continue his able contribution to the firms success when his term as CEP ends on 30 June.”

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