Canberra, 4 November 2009: The market-leading reputation of Clayton Utz Real Estate partner Alfonso del Rio has been confirmed yet again with his induction into the Real Estate Institute of the ACT's Hall of Fame at the Institute's annual Awards for Excellence held in Canberra on 29 October.
The Hall of Fame honour recognises Alfonso's unrivalled achievement in being named Solicitor of the Year at the Awards five times in the last eight years – most recently in 2008, when he was also honoured with the President's award for Outstanding Leadership and Contribution to the Real Estate Industry.
It also continues the recognition of Alfonso by leading industry bodies. In 2007, as part of its national program to recognise Property Leaders, Alfonso was awarded an honorary fellowship of the Australian Property Institute, becoming only the second person (and the first lawyer) to be bestowed this honour in the ACT. In 2003, Alfonso was awarded the inaugural "Allan Wylucki Property Professional of the Year" by the Property Council of Australia.
Congratulating Mr del Rio on the award, Canberra office managing partner John Carroll said: "This is an incredible achievement for Alfonso, and yet a further acknowledgement of both his and his team's leading reputation in the ACT market."
Mr del Rio said he was delighted that the Real Estate Institute of ACT had chosen to honour him at the highest level. "It has always been my view that awards reflect the quality of the people around you. I am fortunate to work alongside an incredibly talented and dedicated group of lawyers who are exceptional at what they do and are dedicated to delivering outstanding client service. Being part of the leading real estate team makes receiving honours such as that accorded me by the REI ACT truly rewarding."