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Legal awards finalists announced

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Cite as: April 2014 88 (04) LIJ, p.16

A young lawyer who has been an advocate for people with disabilities, a law firm dedicated to the wellbeing of staff and a deal that secured a 10-year milk supply arrangement between Coles and Australia’s largest dairy farmer co-operative are all finalists in the 2014 LIV Legal Awards.

The finalists for the awards, to be held 16 May, have been announced (see p3 for the full list).

Lawyer Justin Sethu, a finalist for the Rising Star of the Year Award, spent the past four years at AED Legal Centre, providing legal advice to clients with a disability. “I had a passion for issues related to social justice – people with disabilities are often disadvantaged when it comes to employment and education,” Mr Sethu said.

A new category in 2014 is Deal of the Year. Finalists are Clayton Utz which advised Sumitomo Corporation and the Kansai Electric Power Company on their acquisition of the Griffin Power group known as the Bluewater deal; King & Wood Mallesons for the refinancing of the Victorian Desalination Plant; and Corrs Chambers Westgarth for the 10-year milk supply agreement between Murray Goulburn and Coles. “It has been a privilege to be involved in such a significant transaction for our client, Murray Goulburn and its farmer members. It signifies a material expansion by our client, one of the last remaining Australian co-operatives, into fresh milk processing,” lead partner on the deal David Hallam said.

Law Firm of the Year finalists are Kelly Hazell Quill Lawyers, King & Wood Mallesons, Herbert Smith Freehills and Minter Ellison. Minter Ellison offers flexible working arrangements and runs ResilientME, a program that offers physical and mental health and wellbeing support to employees.

Register to attend the awards ceremony here: http://ow.ly/uhF5A.

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