Top public law litigator to join Clayton Utz

New partner has a focus on commercial and administrative law litigation and dispute resolution

Top public law litigator to join Clayton Utz

Clayton Utz is boosting its public-sector expertise with the appointment of a new partner.

Top public law litigator Ian Temby will join the firm in Canberra on 17 March. The appointment continues the firm’s investment in being the leading private-sector provider of legal services to the commonwealth government, said Jamie Doran, national head of the firm’s public sector group.

"Ian will join our team of leading public law litigators in Canberra in Caroline Bush, Cain Sibley, and John Carroll,” Doran said.

He said that Temby’s experience and expertise complements the firm’s public law team. Clayton Utz said that Temby’s diverse public law litigation practice has a focus on commercial and administrative law litigation and dispute resolution.

Temby, who advises both government and commercial clients, has particular expertise in commonwealth dispute resolution, including merits and judicial review matters, the firm said.

Bush, who is the firm’s partner-in-charge in Canberra, said that Temby “has built a reputation as a lawyer who understands government and who has a highly pragmatic approach to resolving disputes. His clients know him as approachable, easy to deal with, and not only an excellent technical lawyer but also a true collaborator - exactly the kind of lawyer we welcome in our team.”

Temby will move from Maddocks, where he was promoted to partner in 2015. He is also an alumnus of MinterEllison and Corrs Chambers Westgarth.

In December, Clayton Utz picked its next chief executive partner and elevated eight to partner.

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