Claire Smith

Without mentioning your job title, how would you describe what it is you do now?

Balance the competing demands of everyone and constantly negotiating to secure solutions focused and acceptable outcomes.

What was your main driver to enter the legal industry?

Intellectual curiosity.

What are the first three words you think of when you hear the word ‘diversity’?

Balance, equity and variety.

What do you think it will take to develop truly diverse thinking within the legal industry?

People need to call out bad behaviours and live their values every day. It is incumbent on clients as well as lawyers to insist on diverse representation at all levels of the organisation – particularly at the senior executive and board level.

Claire is a Partner (Environment and Planning Group) at Clayton Utz.