Australasian Law Awards

Thursday, 17 June 2021

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The Australasian Law Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australia and New Zealand’s leading legal professionals, firms and in-house teams for their contribution to the industry over the past year. They are also a way to recognise the big deals that have occupied the profession.

The awards define excellence in the legal profession, the awards night typically attracts over 650 guests. 

Unfortunately, due to recent developments in Australia, 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.

Due to the high calibre of nominations this year, we will be recognising several excellence awards in addition to the winners of each category.

Nominations for the 2021 Awards will open in mid-January 2021.


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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