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Clayton Utz
Level 15, 1 Bligh Street
NSW 2000, Sydney

Tel: +61 2 9353 4158
Fax: +61 2 8220 6700


Stuart Clark is internationally recognised as one of Australia’s most experienced litigators and has been intimately involved in the development of Australia’s product liability law since 1989. He has acted in some of Australia’s largest and most complex commercial litigation, class action and product liability claims, particularly those involving complex scientific and medical issues.

Stuart is part of the team that has been at the forefront in developing both the procedural and substantive law in this area of practice and has defended claims bought by the major plaintiff law firms. Over the years, he has successfully resolved class action and analogous litigation by means including strikeouts; devised innovative settlement schemes; and, where required, conducted the defence of contested hearings. He understands the tactical and procedural nuances of class action litigation and works with clients to develop strategies to address them. He is also engaged to provide strategic advice to boards and senior executives in relation to high-level issues and tactics.

Stuart is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) (board member 2002–2004), the American Bar Association (ABA) and the International Bar Association. He is co-chair of the ABA’s international class actions committee.

He speaks and publishes extensively, both in Australia and overseas, in relation to class actions and product liability issues. In 2010 he was appointed an adjunct professor by Macquarie University Law School. He also serves as a director of the Law Council of Australia, the peak national representative body of the Australian legal profession, and currently serves as the firm’s managing partner (international).

Product Liability Law Practice:

Clayton Utz “has been intimately involved in the development of Australia’s product liability laws and the majority of leading Australian cases in this area”. PLC Which Lawyer 2008 Product Liability

Clayton Utz’ Product Liability team is consistently rated by independent surveys as Australia’s leading product liability firm, having been involved in virtually all of Australia’s largest and most complex product liability actions, including product liability class actions.

Clayton Utz:

Clayton Utz is one of Australia’s leading law firms, with a reputation for standing out – and for being outstanding. With 180 partners and over 1,400 employees across six offices, we continue to build on our reputation for confident, innovative and incisive legal advice.

With a genuine commitment to client service, we are trusted advisers to a diverse base of private and public sector organisations. Our clients include many of Australia’s top financial institutions, multinational corporations operating in a range of sectors, and state and Australian government departments and agencies.

We are also a global leader in pro bono, with one of the largest pro bono practices of any law firm outside of the US.

As an independent firm, we have relationships with leading firms around the world. That means our clients can be confident they have access to the best possible advice, wherever and whenever they need it.

We offer the sharpest legal minds. The clearest advice. And an unshakeable sense of what’s possible.

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