The 2020 Who’s Who Legal Pro Bono Firm of the Year is presented to Clayton Utz for the second year in succession in recognition of its continued excellence in the field. It becomes only the second firm to win the award in back-to-back years.
Clayton Utz’s pro bono practice is now in its 24th year. In 2019, it conducted 42,871 hours of pro bono work, comprising 1,158 individual matters. The focus has remained on assisting low-income and vulnerable individuals in Australia who cannot obtain legal aid. It also increased and diversified its standout work with NGOs, acting for over 281 in 2019 compared to 170 the previous year. 2020’s numbers will be even larger.
The firm once again distinguished itself thanks to its devoted pro bono culture, characterised by having two dedicated partners leading its pro bono group and impressively high engagement figures throughout all levels of the firm. The way in which pro bono work is made intrinsic to the firm’s working practice really stood out, as did the impact of its work on behalf of various Australian communities. All of these factors played a part in crowning Clayton Utz our Pro Bono Firm of the Year.
Partner and head of the firm’s pro bono practice, David Hillard, told WWL, “We are honoured to receive the award in consecutive years." Referring to the covid-19 pandemic, Hillard added, "The last eight months have demonstrated what an incredible set of special powers lawyers have to make a positive impact on vulnerable people’s lives.”
We are delighted to once again distinguish Clayton Utz for its pioneering approach to pro bono, and for continuing to set a stellar example to the international legal market.
You can read the full write-up of our interview with David Hillard here.