Jon Clarke


Jon Clarke is the former managing partner of Cowell Clarke and is a partner  in the firm’s Dispute Resolution practice group.  Jon has more than 35 years of practice..  As one of the firm’s founding partners, his ability to connect with and understand clients, staff and opportunities has resulted in firm growth and industry leadership.

Jon is an experienced commercial negotiator, acting for clients entering into complex commercial and financial transactions, corporate turnaround and recovery and sought after for advice on risk management, insurance and probity issues.  He is recognised in the areas of litigious insolvency disputes, contract disputes, taxation disputes and building and construction disputes.  Jon has significant expertise in director and shareholder disputes, in actions against corporate officers and auditors and in relation to corporate insolvency and recovery. His clients include high profile corporations and their officers, major accounting and audit firms and large property owners and developers.  Jon is a recognised experienced mediator and arbitrator.

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.

CC Strategic Advisory

Whilst Jon has been practising the law for many years, much of the work he has undertaken in more recent times has been advisory and facilitation rather than conventional legal advice.

Jon has been providing commercial advice to clients and others for in excess of 35 years and managed a legal firm with in excess of 100 people more recently.  His legal experience underpins other commercial and advisory work he has undertaken.

Whilst Jon remains a partner of Cowell Clarke and continues to practise as a lawyer, he has, together with Cowell Clarke, established a non-legal advisory firm, CC Strategic Advisory, of which he is the principal.

CC Strategic Advisory has a clear focus in areas of: 

  • mediation, dispute avoidance and arbitration;
  • family board advisory and succession;
  • facilitating closure of commercial transactions;
  • probity and procurement;
  • commercial risk management.

Here is a link to the CC Strategic Advisory website.

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