21 May 2014

Award-winning Clayton Utz lawyers confident in the profession's future

Sydney, 21 May 2014: Two Clayton Utz lawyers have been recognised as among the profession's best young talent at the annual Lawyers Weekly 30 Under 30 Awards held in Sydney last Friday.

Sydney lawyer Eugene Tan and Brisbane senior associate Jasmin Singh were each named one of three winners in their respective award categories: Government, and Energy and Resources. Sydney lawyer Kathryn McCormack was also a finalist for the Government award. Eugene, Jasmine and Kathryn were among 59 finalists selected from a field of over 150 nominations across 10 practice area categories.

The judges of the Government Award, Craig Pudig, head of litigation at Macquarie Group and Kate Ashmor, an in-house lawyer with Public Transport Victoria and immediate past-president of Australian Women Lawyers, described Eugene as a "clear stand out" in his category. "Eugene has accomplished so much in his short career, combining a successful practice at a top-tier firm with outstanding pro bono and charity service. He is an inspirational young lawyer," the judges said.

The JLegal Energy & Resources Award judges, Betty Ivanoff, group general counsel at GrainCorp Limited and Jon Adgemis, partner in-charge of the M&A group at KPMG, noted Jasmin's "excellent transactional experience in a key Australian sector." "Her submission was characterised by acting for quality clients and achieving quality outcomes…It was also heartening to see Jasmin also focus on how the profession can better promote women lawyers to senior positions."

Eugene is a pivotal member of the Clayton Utz team that is advising government on some of the most significant social and urban infrastructure developments in Australia, including the $6 billion urban renewal project at Barangaroo on the Sydney Harbour foreshore, the $8.5 billion North West Rail Link project, and the $1 billion Darling Harbour Live redevelopment. Outside of Clayton Utz, Eugene is the founder and a director of SecondCycle, a charity which recycles bikes and provides them throughout NSW to people who cannot afford a primary mode of transport.

Commenting on his award, Eugene said: "As a young lawyer at Clayton Utz, I have had exposure to clients and transactions of an exceptional calibre at a very early stage in my career. Working with Gary Best, recognised as a leader in his field, I have also been supported in developing a specialisation in potential growth areas such as green infrastructure and climate positive projects. It is rewarding to be part of a team that is working with government clients to deliver projects that are transforming our urban spaces and improving mobility."

Jasmin joined the Clayton Utz energy and resources practice in Brisbane - the largest in Queensland - in 2010 from Linc Energy Limited, where she began her legal career as a corporate legal counsel. She was promoted to senior associate at the age of 27, after only two years with the firm. Jasmin works closely with partner Mark Geritz and has been part of the Clayton Utz teams that have advised on several significant energy and resources projects, including the Australia Pacific LNG Project.

Acknowledging the calibre of the other nominees, Jasmin said: "This award is a reflection of my enthusiasm for the energy and resources area of law. I am looking forward to continuing to assist our clients to progress their current and future projects in Queensland and nationwide."

As well as their commitment to professional excellence and client service, both Eugene and Jasmin are committed to being part of initiatives to advance the profession more generally, particularly women. Jasmin is an active member of the Clayton Utz Momentum women lawyer's network and is a mentor to junior lawyers and graduates. Eugene is an advocate of embracing new technologies and innovation in flexible work arrangements as key to delivering better outcomes for lawyers and their clients.

"Giving lawyers the flexibility to balance their work with their responsibilities outside of legal practice benefits both the firm and our clients. Retaining lawyers who have built skills, knowledge and relationships over time ultimately means delivering a more efficient client service," said Eugene.

He added: "I am proud to be part of a firm supports a range of flexible work options such as job-share, part-time and remote working. With this continued leadership by firms such as Clayton Utz, the legal profession promises to be an attractive and rewarding environment for young lawyers such as me to dedicate themselves to."

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