Summer Clerks - Henry Davis York

Aspire. Contribute. Thrive.

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How far can you see into your future career? You may already know exactly what you want to achieve and by when. Chances are, you're still figuring this out. Whatever you aspire to, your first career decision will form the foundation for all the decisions that follow. It will be the launchpad to your future.

A summer clerkship at HDY opens the door for you to a broad spectrum of opportunities. We carefully select our clerks with the view that they will become our graduate lawyers. Over the many years we have been offering our summer clerk program we have celebrated our clerks who have gone on to enjoy successful careers. This includes partners at HDY, senior lawyers in-house at our clients and some have even gone on to explore new horizons in different fields, such as the political arena and the not-for-profit sector.

Whatever our clerks choose to do, they benefit from a solid foundation from the start. HDY will also provide this for you. As a summer clerk with us you will experience quality work with  an impressive list of clients across a range of practice areas in a supportive and collaborative environment.

About HDY

We're an independent Australian law firm with talented lawyers and professionals. Our clients are primarily from the financial services and government sectors. We are also proud to work alongside an impressive list of clients from other sectors to achieve their objectives.We do this in a way that clients and staff alike enjoy the HDY experience and choose us as their preferred legal services provider.

Our clients include the big four Australian banks, global investment banks, insolvency & accounting firms, fund managers, property developers, manufacturing companies, regulatory bodies and government agencies.

We know what we're good at and we know what we love doing, so we focus on that. This alignment of focus and passion delivers the best results for our clients, and for our people.

Founded in 1893, today we have 44 partners and over 320 staff with offices in Sydney and Brisbane. Our history is an important part of who we are today. We believe in building relationships with our clients and with our people that have longevity.

Check out the rest of our website to find out more about who we are, what makes us different, and how we help our clients and the broader community.


Do you want to hit the ground running and be part of a team where your contribution matters from day one? Are you interested in shaping the legal profession and the environment in which our clients operate? Are you passionate about making a positive difference to our community through initiatives such as pro bono work?

Contributing to our workplace

  • We will support you to contribute from the day you join. We have a culture that drives teamwork and demands collaboration to deliver better results for our clients and our people.
  • Our firm's reputation is built on the commercial outcomes we help our clients achieve and the experience we create for them. You will work with teams to help create this differentiated experience for our clients from the outset.
  • Our culture is one that recognises and rewards success through teamwork as well as individual endeavour.

Contributing to the legal profession

  • We encourage all of our lawyers to participate in legal and industry associations in order to help shape our profession.

Contributing to the community

  • HDY has pioneered sustainability in the legal sector. Being a socially responsible firm is intrinsically important to us, and our clients.
  • We are committed to helping those who are disadvantaged through our involvement in pro bono legal work, the services we provide to the community and workplace giving.


Are you energised by working with leaders in their fields, while being challenged, guided and supported? Do you want to be part of a team where there is mutual respect and collaboration? Do you want to work with likeminded people and form strong relationships and lasting friendships?

We strive to foster a high performance culture that ensures our people thrive and reach their full potential.

Quality work

  • We have an enviable client portfolio. Our clients are primarily from the financial services and government sectors, however, we are also proud to help partner with an impressive list of clients from other sectors to achieve their objectives.
  • Our clients ask us to help them with their most sensitive, strategic and complex matters. Visit our deal sheet to explore recent case studies in each practice area.

Teamwork and collaboration

  • Our culture supports teamwork and demands collaboration at all levels. As a clerk, you will have the opportunity to join a number of different practice groups and work in teams with people who are leaders in their field.
  • All of our lawyers are talented, motivated and committed to excellence. During your clerkship and beyond, you will work alongside them at HDY.

Learning and development

  • A key element of our strategy is to grow by investing in and developing our people. We invest in our lawyers' learning from the outset. Find out more.


We hope we have given you a feel for what life as a summer clerk might be like at HDY. Visit the other pages of our website to find out about the clerkship program and how you can apply.

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