About Jon Clarke
Jon Clarke is a principal of CC Strategic Advisory.
Jon is an experienced mediator, facilitator, arbitrator and commercial negotiator and acts for clients in complex commercial and financial transactions. Jon assists businesses with corporate turnaround and risk management strategies. Jon advises clients on tender and probity design and compliance.
Jon has over 35 years’ experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer, working at senior levels across a very broad range of businesses and industries in Australia and overseas.
Jon is the former managing partner of Cowell Clarke (Commercial Lawyers), his ability to connect with and understand clients, staff and opportunities has resulted in firm growth and industry leadership. He has led the firm from a two lawyer start-up to a firm of over 100 personnel with offices in Adelaide and Sydney, acting for corporate and commercial clients.
Jon is actively involved in the Law Council of Australia and is past National Chair of their Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee and their SME Committee. Jon is a long standing member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association of Australia. He has delivered numerous papers and articles in insolvency law and regularly presents papers to professional organisations and client groups. Until recently Jon was a Tribunal Member of the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (South Australia) for eight years. He now Chairs The Law Society of SA’s Ethics & Practice Committee.
- Bachelor of Laws
- Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
- Qualified Arbitrator
- Nationally Accredited Mediator
- Negotiating a refinance package of $350m for a large private group of companies
- Advising on a $40m sale of a well-known business that involved complex corporate and trust entities
- Advising a lender in relation to a $380m debt restructure, and equity swap
- Acting as a mediator in relation to a number of shareholder disputes, beneficiary trust disputes, inheritance disputes and construction disputes in the range of $500k to several million dollars.
Jon will be with you all the way, guiding you through the process and making it as easy as possible to find strategic solutions.
I have worked with Jon for more than 30 years. He is a lateral thinker with a great depth of commercial knowledge and experience ideally suited to assist parties resolve commercial disputes or facilitate discussions to finalise a commercial transaction.
Jon’s interpersonal skills put parties at ease which assists the process.
Jon’s knowledge, experience and communication skills assisted ASC with its probity obligations in the submarine and frigate competitive evaluation process.Bruce Carter
Jon’s broad range of commercial experience, particularly in areas of disputes in contractual matters such as construction, corporate, partnership, family succession or inheritance, greatly assists parties to come to a resolution.
Jon has a great skill in being able to engage with the parties and to assist them to focus on achieving an outcome. His long experience as a commercial lawyer is very evident in a mediation where he has always demonstrated a sound grasp of the issues in play and a capacity to find solutions which might not even have been immediately apparent to the parties or their advisors.Andrew Harris QC
Jon’s mix of commercial and legal experience, together with his excellent communication skills, have been of great assistance to parties needing to distil out the real issues requiring resolution in developing settlement options. Jon’s broad legal knowledge and calm demeanour also provide parties with great confidence in the often heated environment surrounding commercial and family negotiations.
In my experience, Jon will always explore a solution rather than a costly escalation of a dispute or commercial impasse.John Kerr
Jon has extensive commercial and legal experience in dispute resolution.
Whether court processes, arbitration or mediation, his legal experience and his commercial acumen make him ideally suited to assist parties in a variety of different ways, whether it be by way of facilitation, mediation or structured negotiation, so as to achieve a commercial outcome that is satisfactory to all parties.Patrick O’Sullivan QC