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Pro bono work goes swimmingly

Six months of pro bono work for the Australian Swimmers’ Association (ASA) reaped unusual dividends for Clayton Utz lawyers recently. Members of the firm attended the final night of the…

Six months of pro bono work for the Australian Swimmers’ Association (ASA) reaped unusual dividends for Clayton Utz lawyers recently.

Members of the firm attended the final night of the Commonwealth Games swimming trials at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The ASA, which represents the interests of Australia’s elite swimmers, has received advice from Clayton Utz’s workplace relations, competition and intellectual property groups on a range of issues. Workplace relations partner Dr Graham Smith and senior solicitor Rose Bryant-Smith drafted a revenue agreement between the ASA and Swimming Australia Limited, the government body that distributes funding to the athletes, and an associated trust deed.

The revenue agreement covered matters including the relationship between the organisations, the use of the athlete’s images, appearances and promotional activities and the payment of grants to swimmners. “It will give the swimmers certainty in their financial arrangements through grants and confirms the important role of the ASA in promoting the athletes’ interests,” Dr Smith said.

Meanwhile, competition partner Jo Daniels is assisting the ASA in obtaining ACCC approval of its collective bargaining role, while IP partner Chris McLeod and solicitor Jacqueline Scarlett are advising on trademark protection measures.

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