Our warmest congratulations go to our Legal Counsel, Linda Oliver, on winning In-house Lawyer of the Year 2020 at the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Australian Corporate Lawyer Awards, representing the most prestigious recognition of excellence within the in-house sector, judged exclusively by the in-house legal community.
Presented at a virtual ceremony on November 18, the In-house Lawyer of the Year award goes to the in-house lawyer who has shown highest excellence beyond the expectations of their role and demonstrated added value to their organisation. Linda shone through an impressive field of high-calibre finalists, highlighting her outstanding work and contribution to the success of Clarke Energy in Australasia over eight years.
Linda created her role as legal counsel five years ago and ever since, has increased accountability across our business by creating legal cheat sheets, risk assessment matrices, supplier pre-approval processes and contract approval documentation which has reduced the average contract execution by more than three days. She leads all high-value contract negotiations and has reduced reliance on external legal support by more than 75%, as well as redefined the company’s risk profile.
Managing Director of Clarke Energy Australasia , Greg Columbus, said:
“Linda Oliver is a key member of our executive leadership team. While she brings considerable expertise to our company, due to her finance background, she possesses the unique ability to balance key legal risks, corporate strategy and favourable commercial outcomes. Linda well deserves this recognition for her excellence and pragmatic approach in answering the demands of complex commercial matters to the benefit of all stakeholders.”