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Lawyers Weekly Awards make for an iconic night for Allens

10 August 2010

Allens Arthur Robinson (Allens) won two awards at the Lawyers Weekly Icon Awards, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney on 5 August.

The firm was awarded the Salvation Army Pro Bono Initiative Award for our work on the Gaagal Wanggaan (South Beach) National Park matter, while Lawyer Fergus Green won the Michael Page Young Gun Award.

On our pro bono work in the South Beach matter, the judges said that the firm's work in advising the Nambucca Heads and Unkya Local Aboriginal Land Councils for three years raised groundbreaking issues and was only the second time that a national park had been created as a result of a land claim.

The judges noted that before Allens became involved negotiations had stalled after 16 years and all the parties involved were exhausted.

More than 2000 hours of legal work was performed by a legal team led by partners Bill McCredie, Tony Wassaf and Mark Stubbings, and drew on people from the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne offices.

Fergus Green was deemed the young gun of the year for his work in the climate change area.

Fergus advises a range of corporate and government clients on issues ranging from emissions trading to forestry offsets.

He has worked as a climate change and energy policy analyst and has written numerous articles on climate change policy in major publications, including The Australian Financial Review, The Age and ABC Unleashed.

In 2009, Fergus went to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference as a volunteer for Project Survival Pacific to support the interests of small Pacific island states in the negotiations.

The judges found that Fergus has already contributed a great deal to the Australian legal profession in the area of climate change and that it was apparent that he was a 'very talented and innovative lawyer' and who was a leader with influence, integrity and respect.

For more information on the Icon Awards, go to the Lawyers Weekly website.

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Notes for editors.

Allens Arthur Robinson has staff in 14 cities and eight countries across the Asia Pacific.