Catherine Parry

Clayton Utz

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Catherine Parry, Special Counsel
CLAYTON UTZ, Sydney Australia

Catherine Parry is a respected litigator renowned for her specialist skills in high-profile commercial disputes, regulatory investigations, white collar crime and corruption.

She has particular experience advising top ASX listed companies as well as leading domestic and multinational clients in the energy and resources sector, and draws on 20 years' experience practising in top-tier law firms in London and Sydney, and at the NSW Bar.

Recent experience includes:

ASX-listed company: Catherine acted for an ASX-listed company in respect of multi-agency investigations and internal investigations into alleged bribery and corruption by a related overseas entity pre-acquisition

ASX -listed company: Catherine is acting for a ASX listed company in Federal Court of Australia civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC concerning the impairment of assets and related SEC civil litigation.

Multinational client: Acting for a client in respect of investigations conducted by ASIC, the Australian Federal Police, the UK Serious Fraud Office, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the SEC and internal investigations into alleged bribery and corruption.

International Arbitration: Catherine acted for an international oil and gas contractor in relation to various disputes arising out of a Queensland LNG project, including preparing evidence for arbitration.


  • The Legal 500 Asia-Pacific: recognised in regulatory compliance and investigations (2019)
  • Best Lawyers Australia:voted by peers as one of Australia's Best Lawyers in Construction / Infrastructure (2020-2021)


  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Economics, University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, South Australian Institute of Technology

Admitted To Practice

  • South Australia
  • New South Wales
  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • England and Wales


  • Association of Women's White Collar Defense Attorneys – Sydney Chapter
  • New South Wales Law Society
  • Women in Banking and Finance (WiBF) 


Clayton Utz: A reputation for standing out. And for being outstanding.

For over 180 years, our confident approach to complex transactions and litigation has seen us grow into one of Australia's premier firms. 

Now, with over 165 partners and over 1,600 employees across six offices, we continue to strengthen our reputation for innovative and incisive advice. With a genuine commitment to client service, we've become trusted advisers to a range of government agencies and many of Australia's largest corporations.

Our strength lies not only in the range of skills and depth of expertise held by our individual lawyers, but also in our ability to work together effectively as a full service, national team and our ability to bring together teams of lawyers with the right mix of legal and commercial skills to match the needs of our clients.

We believe that remaining an independent Australian law firm is in the best interests of our clients, partners and people.  A key component of our strategy is building and maintaining successful relationships with leading, independent firms in other jurisdictions.  By doing so, we retain the flexibility to work, for our clients' benefit, with some of the world's best firms and practitioners, without being tied to a rigid global firm structure.

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Crime
  • Corporate Governance
  • Government Investigations
  • Internal Investigations
  • White Collar Crime