Piero Craney

Piero is in his final year of a combined Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Asian Studies. He recently returned to Australia after two years abroad learning Mandarin in Taiwan and Mainland China as a recipient of the New Colombo Plan scholarship. Piero became interested in joining the Law Journal after co-authoring an article published in LexisNexis In-house Counsel which examines clauses in commercial contracts which escalate base payments in accordance with inflation. The article is aptly titled ‘Indexation Clauses – boring clauses with big consequences’.

After graduation, Piero hopes to work internationally having interned for King & Wood Mallesons in Beijing, Hong Kong and Sydney, and for Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong. In 2016, Piero was awarded the Ian Black Prize for placing first in his Asian Studies Major.

Piero is also a passionate youth advocate, with extensive board experience as Chair of a government statutory board, the NSW Youth Advisory Council, and member on the NSW Road Safety Advisory Council, NSW Board of Studies Advisory Group, NSW Student Representative Council and UNSW Law Faculty Board.

While he hopes to practice in the ‘law of business’, he is also fascinated by the ‘business of law’ side of things. His fascination grew after meeting a former partner of collapsed law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf who ‘gifted’ him a former client’s letter-head (Enron) and described his final days in the firm as ‘being on the sinking Titanic’. Piero hopes to one day write a book about the history and drama of major US law firm collapses, such as Dewey, Bingham McCutchen, and Coudert Brothers.