William Wylie Clarke is a graduate in law of the Australian National University. He also has an honours degree in Government from the University of Sydney. He was admitted to the High Court of the Australian Capital Territory in 1995 and subsequently to the Fiji bar in 1996. He has lived in various countries including Western Samoa, Vanuatu, Australia and Fiji. He was a Prosecutor with the Director of Public Prosecutions Office from 1996 until 1998.
Wylie joined Howards in December 2001 and is the firm’s representative to the Fiji-Australia Business Council. He is the former President and currently Immediate Past President. Wylie is also a former President of and serving Honorary Member of the Fiji Red Cross. He has previously lectured in taxation law at the University of the South Pacific.
Wylie’s portfolio includes mining, natural resources and related activities and projects, aircraft leasing and finance (before and after Fiji’s accession to the Cape Town Convention and its Protocol), foreign investment, banking and finance, asset protection, trusts, corporate governance and structuring, corporate and business acquisitions & sale as well as the structuring of these acquisitions both within Fiji and the South Pacific. Wylie was lead Pacific legal advisor for the acquisition of BP (South West Pacific) Limited that involved businesses and assets in American Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Kiribati and Fiji. He also acted for a syndicate of ECA Lenders in the financing of Air Pacific’s acquisition of 3 Airbus A330-200 aircraft: this transaction utilized the mechanisms and structures provided for under the Cape Town Convention and its Protocol. He also has a great deal of experience in complex finance and security documentation, contracts and due diligence. He advises a range of clients in resort development, particularly in the area of property acquisition and sale, rationalisation, sub-division and strata title: he has played a significant role using these structures to facilitate property and tourist developments. Wylie is also very experienced in providing legal services and advice in respect of company receiverships and liquidation.
Howards is a dynamic and specialist practice. Our name is synonymous with high quality legal services. Our expertise has been developed over our 22 years’ plus existence to meet the ever-changing demands of our clients in a highly competitive and increasingly regulated world. Our multi-disciplinary approach to complex legal issues – whether domestic or international – has become a profession-wide benchmark.
Our lawyers have tackled some of the most novel and demanding legal problems of the recent past. We find practical and commercial solutions to complex issues of law and jurisdiction often involving the interplay between government agencies and commercial organizations, national and international. Constantly striving to be innovative, we remain at the cutting edge of legal developments. To this end, we focus on providing tailor made solutions and outcomes that achieve our clients’ objectives and needs.
Howards is also unique in its constant focus and commitment to investing resources in its people and practice to ensure that we maintain international standards and remain the first port of call for our clients looking at doing business in Fiji or the region.
We also understand that our clients’ need for legal services extend beyond Fiji. As a result, Howards has developed and continues to develop a very strong and extensive network of associated firms throughout the South Pacific that share our values and objectives. Our aim is to provide seamless high quality service that extends throughout the South Pacific region including Australia and New Zealand.