Our story

Founded on a culture of authenticity, ClarkeKann commits people and know how to help our clients make the right decisions and grow in what can be a challenging business environment.

Clever thinking, flexibility and a passion for practical business minded solutions inform every aspect of our work.  But context counts, so our people make every effort to listen carefully and tackle challenges with our clients’ commercial objectives foremost in mind.

Our people are at the heart of ClarkeKann.  We are firmly committed to providing a friendly, supportive and dynamic environment where our people can excel at what they do.

ClarkeKann has offices in Brisbane and Sydney having joined with long established Sydney law firm Gray & Perkins in 2010 to expand our resources and service offering.

2015 marked our 50 year anniversary, and we are very proud to celebrate this significant milestone with our clients and our people. From simple beginnings, ClarkeKann now has over 70 people located across our Brisbane and Sydney offices. 

We value our past, and are confident in our commitment to create real value for our clients and our people.

Culture

For over 50 years ClarkeKann has demonstrated an undeniable passion for what we do and how we do it. Above all, our lawyers are determined to deliver the best possible results in everything they take on.

Our vision is to be one of Australia's leading law firms. We will achieve this by promoting and encouraging strong relationships with our clients and our people, innovation, and a resolve to achieve excellent results in a professional manner.

Our values are one thing that will not change:

 
  • RESPECT We have deep respect for our clients, each other and what makes each person different.
  • INTEGRITY We are trusted by our clients and our people.
  • TEAMWORK Our people collaborate with each other and our clients to work as one team.
  • EXCELLENCE We confidently combine the best capability and outstanding service.

Our clients

We never take our clients for granted, and are immensely proud of our long standing relationships with clients from a wide range of industries across Australia and overseas.

From SMEs to public companies, whether a startup or mature business, to government and government owned corporations, our commitment to service excellence remains the same. 

KEY CLIENTS:

  • Anteo Diagnostics
  • China Steel
  • JCDecaux
  • Pacific Magazines
  • Smithbridge
  • Universal Cranes
  • Universal Magazines
  • Westwick-Farrow Media

What our clients say about us

  • "As an organisation that has grown considerably both domestically and internationally over the last 10 years, ClarkeKann has worked with us closely over that time across all aspects of our business. They are good people who show a genuine interest in us, provide us with the right advice, and are the right size and fit for our business." Albert Smith | Managing Director - Smithbridge Group Pty Ltd/Universal Cranes Pty Ltd
  • "ClarkeKann have acted as the lawyers to Anteo for many years. Our needs have been diverse ranging through all aspects of commercial activity, including transactional advice, industrial relations, property and intellectual property. No matter what our requirement from ClarkeKann we have received prompt, personal, timely and consistent service of a high standard. On the occasions that assistance or advice has been required at extraordinary hours the team has made itself available. The firm provides direct access with the appropriate operative lawyer in every case without unnecessary bureaucracy, permitting a strong and healthy relationship with the firm." Anteo Diagnostics
  • "ClarkeKann has all the attributes we expect in a good law firm: professionalism, strategic thinking, enthusiasm, and responsiveness. All the lawyers and staff are very personable, friendly and truly caring." China Steel Corporation
  • "Our family company has been in business for over 30 years, and in 2009 we engaged the services of Sarah Davies and Allana Agnew for defence of a Supreme Court matter that was brought upon us. From that time til today, they have provided our company with exemplary legal advice from litigation, complex commercial agreements and company restructuring advice, and many more realms within their service. Not only was the advice successful on every occasion it was given, but it was delivered with great style, true humility, genuine empathy and even humour (when required). It is without hesitation that I recommend anyone seeking legal advice to cease looking, and simply engage Sarah Davies and her team immediately." David Mills | CEO - McGrath Estate Agents
  • "Peter Karcher and the team at ClarkeKann are fantastic lawyers to work with on any sized project and in any area as they have in depth knowledge across the board. Their work is excellent and in addition to providing great technical black letter advice, they have an all encompassing understanding of the nature of our business and the way companies work that enables us to achieve our commercial goals. Peter Karcher in particular has always been available to provide advice to us on any subject that ensures our best interests and we are happy to have him involved in any of our matters." Emma Perera | Associate Publisher – Universal Magazines
  • "ClarkeKann has been the go-to lawyers for the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland for a number of years and over that time both organisations have developed a close working relationship. At all times Shane Williamson and his team have displayed the utmost professionalism, dependability and commitment to ensuring the right outcomes in what can be very complex legal matters. The Board values their input and advice and looks forward to a strong, ongoing working relationship." Gary Stirling | Acting Registrar – Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland
  • "Attune Hearing is Australia's largest privately owned audiology company. CK has helped Attune at all stages in its growth from a small 3 clinic business to having nearly 60 clinics throughout Australia today. We have advised Attune on a myriad of issues including establishment documents, group structuring issues, employment contracts, employee share plans, capital raisings, shareholding and governance issues, acquisitions, occasional disputes and key contracts. CK has taken the time to seriously understand Attune’s business, our market dynamics, our key stakeholders and our strategic plan." Jenny Stevens | CEO - Attune Hearing
  • "Our experience with ClarkeKann has seen them demonstrate a focus on timely, legally strong, commercial outcomes avoiding unnecessary and costly legal 'padding'. Having dealt with different team members and specialities within the firm, there is a common culture of engaging and attentive client focus and relationship building. We recommend ClarkeKann without reservation. " Paul Engeman | Director - Ainslie Bullion Company
  • "IPS Logistics as a small to medium specialised third party logistics provider deals with some of Australia's largest corporate entities. In support of our services, Shane Williamson and the ClarkeKann team have provided us with excellent legal advice and commercial support over the last 10 years. Whether it be complex contract negotiations, property and leasing deals or other associated legal requirements, they have always provided us with a personalised and responsive service. They have a unique ability to simplify complex matters and articulate a well reasoned position. We look forward to continuing our commercial relationship for many years to come." Robin Hockins | CEO - IPS Logistics Group Pty Ltd
  • "We have worked with ClarkeKann for nearly 10 years. Whilst most of the work undertaken by CK is of a commercial/contract nature they have advised us on a broad range of topics including IP, property and employment law. The advice we have received has always proven to be robust, pointed and provided in a timely manner. I am very happy to endorse CK as a high quality firm with whom we have had extensive experience." Steve O’Connor | Chief Executive Officer – JCDecaux Australia
  • "As an In-House Counsel when you engage an external legal provider to assist with litigation, you are not just looking for a firm that will ensure you adhere to all of your obligations and processes under the Rules, you are really wanting a legal partner to add value and strategic advice at every stage of a matter. From my experience, the professionals at ClarkeKann fulfil that role and go beyond the minimum requirements to place you and your company in the best possible position to gain a successful outcome. We would not hesitate to work with ClarkeKann again." Tom Cranitch | Legal Counsel - McNab

Community

Corporate responsibility is embedded throughout our business, and we are deeply committed to making a difference in our community.  We are proud of our tradition of community investment and seek opportunities for our people to get involved.

Our people contribute to community programs in many different ways, including providing pro bono legal assistance on matters for community and non profit organisations, volunteering at free legal clinics to help disadvantaged members of the community, and volunteering and giving financial donations to charitable organisations.

Some of the community organisations we assist include:

People

Partners, Steven Cardell and Paul O’Dea were recently listed in Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession - Leading Property and Real Estate Lawyers – Brisbane 2016. To make this list requires feedback from various sources but most importantly our clients. We thank our clients for that valuable input and look forward to assisting in your continued property growth.  VIEW MORE

Expertise

ClarkeKann has received the Australia-Taiwan Business Excellence Award for our efforts promoting and advising on most of the major investments from Taiwan into Australia over the last 20 years. Click below for more details about Foreign InvestmentVIEW MORE

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