Clayton Utz boasts it is best in Australia

Clayton Utz has seized on a newly published Australian legal directory to claim it is the best national firm in Australia.

The firm, which is the fourth largest on the continent with 173 partners, wins the highest number of top ratings in the influential Legal Profiles for the 30 practice areas Clayton Utz has identified as most important to a national firm.

However, the study, based on the nominations of more than 8,000 users of legal services, puts rivals Mallesons Stephen Jaques and Allen Allen & Hemsley ahead of Clayton Utz in banking and finance law in the pivotal financial centre of Sydney.

The directory ranked the expertise of firms in 47 practice areas in each of the major Australian cities and revealed the progress being made by Andersen Legal, Arthur Andersen's fast-growing, 85-lawyer Sydney-based practice. It was highly recommended in a number of departments, including corporate and securities and dispute resolution/litigation.