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Clayton Utz’s new chief executive partner names deputy

Just two months after electing a new chief executive partner, national law firm Clayton Utz has identified the deputy for the incoming CEP.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 16 February 2023 Big Law
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In mid-November last year, Lawyers Weekly revealed that the leadership of Clayton Utz would be a battle between incumbent CEP Bruce Cooper and deputy CEP Emma Covacevich.

Two weeks later, Ms Covacevich was named as the firm’s new CEP, having prevailed at a board vote in early December. Her term will commence on 1 July 2023.

Now, Ms Covacevich has determined that Perth-based partner Nick Cooper (no relation to Bruce Cooper) will serve as her deputy. He will also commence his new duties in July.


Mr Cooper, Clayton Utz noted in a statement, commenced his career at the BigLaw firm 19 years ago and currently heads up its national commercial litigation practice. He also served as the firm’s partner-in-charge for its Perth office from 2014 to 2020.

Speaking about her chosen deputy, Ms Covacevich said that Mr Cooper’s qualities and experience made him an excellent fit for the role.

Nick is well-known and respected both as a lawyer and leader. He understands what it takes to build a successful practice, as well as the operational aspects of running a business. He is a strategic thinker, deeply loyal to our firm and, like me, is invested in our continued success,” she said.

“I’m looking forward to our working together and building on Clayton Utz’s reputation as a firm that truly understands and is responsive and adaptive to our clients’ needs, and those of our people.”

Mr Cooper added: “I’m honoured to be stepping into a senior leadership role working alongside Emma. My approach to leadership has always been about collaboration, transparency and being true to your values.

“I’m also invested in continuing to foster the fantastic culture we have at this firm, and ensuring that our clients’ experience reflects the exceptionally high standards we set for ourselves. It’s exciting to be part of this next stage of our evolution as we respond to the opportunities and embrace the challenges of being in a competitive legal market.”