One of Australia’s most respected innovation and commercialisation lawyers has been recognised at the 2015 International Law Office (ILO) and Lexology Client Choice Awards in London.
Jenni Lightowlers, Partner at Francis Abourizk Lightowlers (FAL) and Deputy Chancellor of Deakin University, was recognised for providing outstanding client service in the Healthcare and Life Sciences sector in Australia.
The Awards recognise the ability of a lawyer to add value to a client’s business above and beyond other lawyers. The award cited the outstanding value Jenni provides “in all of her roles including excellent strategic, analytical, legal, ethical and commercial advice”.
The awards are based on feedback provided by clients in a survey which rates individual lawyers and law firms on: quality of legal advice, value for money, commercial awareness, effective communication, billing transparency, tailored fee structures, response time, sharing of expertise and use of technology. Those shortlisted, from in excess of 2,500 nominations, are then invited to submit up to five referees. The research team conducts follow-up interviews and additional research to identify the best practitioner in each sector.
In London to accept the award, Jenni said that she was absolutely delighted to receive the award, especially as the recognition comes directly from clients.
“I have always believed that to provide good legal advice, you need to understand the big picture – get to know your client’s needs and the issues they face. If that makes us worthy of this award, then we are delighted to receive it. It is simply the way we do business.”
While in the United Kingdom, Jenni met with several of the highly regarded UK Innovation Catapults. The seven Catapult Centres each focus on an area of technology and expertise that has great global potential for UK businesses. The aim is to bring together sector experts and cutting-edge facilities to help business identify gaps in niche areas and to develop new products and services to meet those needs. The Catapults provide a hub for development of innovation and are a model currently being reviewed by the Australian government.
Given her extensive experience in R&D, innovation and commercialisation and corporate governance, entities such as cooperative research centres and the higher education sector in Australia and the South Pacific, Jenni is uniquely placed to work with her clients and with government on next generation initiatives to support Australia’s businesses in a global economy.
ABOUT FAL Lawyers:
Co-founded in 1993 by Jenni Lightowlers and Peter Francis, FAL Lawyers is a commercial law firm at the forefront of innovation and technology to corporate, commercial, not-for-profit, Commonwealth and State Government clients.