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Australasian Law Awards

Thursday, 17 June 2021

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE IN THE LEGAL PROFESSION

The Australasian Law Awards proudly returns in 2021 to recognise the region’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individuals, deals and cases over the past year. It’s a true reflection of excellence in the legal profession.

Leading firms, in-house legal teams, and lawyers are encouraged to nominate across 30-plus categories and be recognised for their achievements and outstanding work. Submissions will be reviewed by an esteemed independent judging panel.

Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we won’t be able to run a face-to-face gala dinner in 2021. While we’re disappointed that we’re not going to be seeing you at our face-to-face event, we’ve come up with a unique format to recognise and celebrate excellence across the Australasian legal profession. Excellence awardees will be announced in Australasian Lawyer and online channels on 20 May. Gold winners will be revealed at the highly anticipated virtual ceremony on Thursday 17 June 2021.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed. Excellence Awardees will be announced online on the 20th May, while Gold Winners will be announced at a live virtual event on the 17th June. More info to follow.

As Chief Executive Partner, Rob's strategic focus remains on Clayton Utz's key assets - our clients and people. In 2016, Rob led a number of initiatives: 

  • Guiding Clayton Utz through one of the best revenue growth performances in years - a 3.6% increase from 2015.
  • Renewing our client focus through a CEO visitation program, our Voice of Client program and a revamped Client Relationship Management program.
  • Formalising our innovation strategy by appointing a Director of Innovation and Innovation Team to identify the best ways to grow our business and address client needs.
  • Launching our national graduate program that reinforces high quality and consistent training and experiences.
  • Enhancing our parental leave policy by making superannuation contributions on a component of an employee's unpaid parental leave.
  • Mainstreaming flexible working by working from home regularly. Subsequently, 48% of our shared services employees and 27% of our lawyers have flexible work arrangements.
  • Championing our Diversity and Inclusion strategy, which saw us recognised for the third consecutive year with an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality citation by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency.
  • Championing our Pro Bono practice, and participating in initiatives like Movember and The Big Issue's International Vendor Week.
  • Advocating dialogue across the firm by engaging in roadshows and employee events. He also launched a Q&A forum where employees engage directly with him. This has resulted in increased confidence in the firm's leadership, with feedback showing 79% of staff had confidence in Rob's decisions.
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