Summer Clerks - Henry Davis York

Our clerkship program

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As a summer clerk with HDY you will receive a comprehensive experience of what it is truly like to work in our firm. This means you will have challenging, meaningful work, gain exposure to  an enviable list of clients, be given a good level of responsibility, work in a supportive and collaborative team and have regular access to our partners.

The training you receive throughout the clerkship will ensure you are thoroughly prepared and ready to get involved in and contribute to client work straight away.

The program begins with a comprehensive orientation which includes training and development activities and the chance to meet the people you will be working with.

During the program you will have the opportunity to rotate through 3 practice groups of your choice, with designated support in each rotation from a supervising partner, senior associate and mentor. You will receive regular feedback and advice from your supervising partner and others you work with, plus a formal review at the end of each rotation.

You will be treated as an individual in an environment that supports your development. You will be given the opportunity to participate in our Professional Development Program as well as one-on-one training and skill development.

Of course it's important to have some fun too and you will have plenty of opportunities to experience the spirit of HDY through a range of formal and informal social activities.


Our areas of practice

Banking & Finance: major lending deals in order to finance investments, acquisitions and projects.

Construction & Major Projects: documentation and contract administration for major construction and infrastructure projects, dispute resolution for contractual issues such as non-payment or non-compliance and professional indemnity actions.

Corporate and M&A: advice on company law and regulation, corporate governance, negotiating contracts, joint ventures and other commercial arrangements.

Dispute Resolution: litigation, ADR and investigations in areas such as torts, equity and trusts, IP, commercial or contractual disputes and regulatory issues.

Government Inquiries, Commissions & Inquests: advising government clients on the most high profile and sensitive government inquiries, commissions and inquests shaping the future of Australia.

Insurance: end-to-end expertise, from corporate, transactional and regulatory matters through to technical policy wording and coverage issues, as well as significant and complex litigated claims, across life, private health, general and reinsurance matters.

Intellectual Property: advise on the complete IP life cycle, from the initial innovation stage to prosecution, IP protection and assertion of rights.

Investments and Financial Services: corporate and commercial legal services to clients in the funds management, superannuation, insurance and financial markets industries.

Property: acquisition and disposal of properties, due diligence, leasing, sustainability ratings and native title.

Environment & Planning: planning law, contaminated land remediation, environmental risk management.

Restructuring & Insolvency: voluntary administrations, receiverships, liquidations, creditors' rights and obligations, insolvency risk management and minimisation including restructuring strategies.

Tax: advice in relation to mergers and acquisitions, disposals, corporate insolvencies and restructures, property and infrastructure projects, financing and leasing arrangements, tax consolidation and the establishment of new businesses.

Technology: large-scale enterprise-wide technology projects, front-end customer-facing digital innovations, major government technology projects and consumer-facing technology, e-commerce and m-commerce.

Workplace Relations & Safety: employment law including, award interpretation, industrial relations and employee disputes, discrimination claims, health and safety advice, and workplace investigations.


Our clients and work

We have an enviable client portfolio. Some examples of our recent work include:

  • Advising UrbanGrowth on The Bays Urban Renewal Program,  which is Sydney's largest urban renewal since the Sydney Olympics.
  • Advising a Big 4 Australian Bank on its replacement and upgrade of its entire ATM network across Australia.
  • Advised the NSW Government on its "Fixing the Trains" project, which was the once in a generation reform of NSW's railway operations and resulted in the creation of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains.
  • Representing Macquarie in proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria concerning its investment in Connective Group, one of the largest mortgage aggregators in Australia.
  • Acting for the State of NSW in relation to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into institutional responses to allegations of child sexual abuse across Australia.

Check out our deal sheet to explore other case studies of work in each practice area.

Life after your clerkship...

We carefully select our clerks with the intention that they will become our graduate lawyers.

Successful candidates who accept graduate roles with us can discuss opportunities for part-time paralegal work in their final year of university. For new graduates, HDY also offers a cooperative Practical Legal Training program with the College of Law. The College and HDY have worked together to develop a tailored program which is mostly run from our own offices. The program is undertaken during the first graduate rotation.

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