Who we are - Henry Davis York

Who we are

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HDY is one of Australia's leading independent law firms. We transform ideas and knowledge into outcomes that matter to our clients, our people and our community.

We know what we're good at and what we love doing and we focus on this. This alignment of focus, expertise and insight has given us a strong reputation for partnering with clients in the financial services and government sectors.

We advise a range of clients including some of Australia's most iconic businesses, the Big 4 Australian Banks, regulatory bodies and government departments and agencies, national and international fund managers and property developers.

Our clients turn to us to partner with them on strategic, complex and sensitive matters. We are passionate about their success which means we take a genuine interest in their industry, and their business, so we can provide commercial, practical and tailored advice. But it's not just about providing the right advice that matters. At HDY we are committed to our clients – as organisations and individuals. It’s the blend of our technical experience and client service that means our clients and people genuinely enjoy working together.

Founded in 1893, today we have over 40 partners and 300 staff in Sydney, Brisbane and Canberra. 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.


Our leadership team

The leaders of our firm have a collective responsibility and commitment to our people, our clients and our community.

Our Board, which comprises 5 partners (including the managing partner) has oversight of the strategic direction of the firm.

Michael Greene, our managing partner, is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and strategic direction of the firm, client service standards and the overall management of the firm's business activities to ensure the success of the firm. He is also responsible for the wellbeing of every member of the HDY team - a job he takes very seriously indeed.

Michael is supported by a Leadership Team comprising the partners who lead each of our practice areas, our key client relationships, our sectors of focus and also the directors of each of our corporate service groups. This Leadership Team harnesses the firm's resources, ensures that our high client service standards are consistently met, fosters knowledge sharing and builds our capabilities to meet the growing and changing needs of our clients so that we are best placed to help them achieve their objectives.

Our sector focus

Our clients are primarily from the financial services, government and corporate sectors.

  • Financial Services

    Financial Services

    Since 1893 we have been helping iconic Australian financial institutions to achieve their visions. As they've shaped the industry and transformed themselves to break boundaries, face challenges and pioneer new ways of doing things, we've been there partnering with them.

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  • Government


    HDY is home to specialist government lawyers who have assisted the highest levels of government to implement legislative and structural reform, advised on high profile, complex government investigations and inquiries, and given strategic advice on significant government infrastructure projects.

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  • Corporates


    We are proud to partner with an impressive list of market leading clients from other sectors such as retail, construction, transport, infrastructure, real estate, technology and energy & resources. These clients include some of Australia's major corporates, such as Woolworths, Lend Lease, Sydney Airport, Goodman Group, Baiada Poultry, Australian Rail Track Corporation, Orica, GPT, WesTrac and Vedanta Resources.

I am personally committed to ensuring that every client of the firm achieves the best possible outcome when working with HDY and, just as importantly, enjoys the experience of working with us to get there

Michael Greene, Managing Partner

Meet our team

Looking for someone in particular? Or do you want to browse and get a feel for the type of people who work at HDY? Read on to find out more about our team, what motivates and drives their success, what they are proud of and, most importantly, how they can help you.

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Diversity and inclusion

HDY is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace culture where all our people feel valued for their contribution. Ensuring our workplace is an environment where people feel able to be themselves and offer their views and experiences is not only the right thing to do – it also enriches our firm culture, the experience for all our people and the experience our clients have in working with us. We believe we all benefit from working with a diverse group of people.

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  • Australian Client Service Award - 2016

    Chambers Asia-Pacific Awards

  • Employer of Choice - 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
    Workplace Gender Equality

  • Top Tier Firm - 2014
    IFLR 1000

  • Highly recommended - 2013
    Asialaw Profiles

  • Sydney Law Firm of the Year 2012, 2011, 2010
    Australasian Legal Business Awards

  • Restructuring Deal of the Year - for the restructuring of Centro Group
    Australasian Legal Business Awards

  • Resources Deal of the Year - for advice on Peabody Energy's takeover of Macarthur Coal
    Australasian Legal Business Awards

  • Finalist - MP of the Year
    Australasian Legal Business Awards

  • Australasia Women in Business - 2012
    Euromoney Legal Media Group