Harwood Wins, Camilo Sells Up

Australia’s Best Regional Law Firm

Winners were grinners at the 2016 Australian Law Awards with Geelong law firm Harwood Andrews named the best Regional/Suburban Law Firm of the Year for 2016.

The award category is a broad one, being open to any firm with a head office a mere 5 kilometres from a capital city CBD.

Nominations for the award were judged on the firm’s commitment to the regional communities in which they operate, their business strategy and key milestone achievements over the past 12 months, as well as the ways in which they demonstrate professional excellence to provide positive client outcomes.

Key factors in the highly coveted gong for the firm were the opening of a new office in Albury, the development of new practice areas, innovative pricing alternatives, B Corp Certification and commitment to pro bono services.

Managing Principal, Dan Simmonds, said, “Regional cities are constantly evolving and becoming more innovative and exciting in the way they do business.”

Harwood Andrews was recognised with the award in front of almost 800 of the legal industry’s most talented professionals at the 16th annual Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, held at Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton on September 2nd.


Camilo Olives To Change Hands

The founders of Camilo Olives, Joan and Peter McGovern, have announced they have sold the Inverleigh-based olive business and will be retiring to Tasmania to be closer to their family.

The move has seen long-time chief executive of the Victorian Regional Channels Authority, Captain Peter McGovern, resign as the head of the VRCA.

Joan McGovern, who is a former head of marketing at Shell, had retired from corporate life to learn about olive farming from scratch. The learning curve was a steep one, but just twelve years after planting their first olive trees on the property, Camilo has built a strong reputation as a premium producer of extra virgin olive oils and established range of unique olive products, including olive salts, that have attracted the attention of leading restaurants and chefs around the country.

With growing markets in Australia and Japan, Camilo oils have been listed for an extraordinary six years straight in Flos Olei – the world’s buying guide for the very best extra virgin olive oils and, in May this year, won Best of Class in the Southern Hemisphere in the Oscars of olive oils, the Italian-based Domina International Olive Oil Competition.

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