find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Clayton Utz rapidly regroups

Clayton Utz rapidly regroups

Clayton Utz has announced a number of key leadership replacements, and declared it will continue to promote and rehire - just 48 hours since its chairman took a call from a partner at Allen…

Clayton Utz has announced a number of key leadership replacements, and declared it will continue to promote and rehire - just 48 hours since its chairman took a call from a partner at Allen & Overy who revealed 14 partners would be tendering their resignation.

The 14 partners leaving Clayton Utz will join three others - including a former Clayton Utz partner, a Freehills partner, and a JP Morgan employee - in founding Allen & Overy's Australian offices in Sydney and Perth.

David Fagan, Clayton Utz's chief executive partner, told Lawyers Weekly Wednesday that the firm was seeing the exodus as an opportunity, and put Allen & Overy's targetting of Clayton Utz partners down to the "depth of talent" residing in his firm.

Fagan confirmed that the partners leaving have given their intention to retire on 8 May. He also confirmed that some replacements have already been made - including Paul Fitzpatrick, who will replace Geoff Simpson as the Perth managing partner.

He added that the departures also offered the firm a chance to revisit their key offerings. "It also gives an opportunity to critically review different areas - it makes sense for us to restructure in those areas."

Fagan confirmed that as yet, no lawyers and senior associates have officially handed in their resignations to follow their partners to Allen & Overy. While he does expect some to do so in the following weeks, he is confident the firm can work to retain its talent where needed.

Fagan also said he knows no more about the Allen & Overy announcement other than what has been reported in the media, and that the market will be the ultimate decider of the success of their Australian ambitions. "Their proposition will be tested through their ability to secure good quality work," he said.

Clayton Utz will emerge better and stronger from the departures, added Fagan. "Fourteen partners - it's a reasonable number, but it's only about 6 per cent of the partnership spread over a number of offices. It's how we adapt to that that's important. The events have occurred, but we're still working it."

- Angela Priestley

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Clayton Utz rapidly regroups
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
microphone
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
protest
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Blocked
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
APPOINTMENTS
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
opinion
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
Help
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...