Agreements Online is the brainchild of Kerry Jack. Having observed the challenges that face businesses, she soon noticed that although many business owners want to implement risk management strategies and use legal documents to protect their interests, they are generally fearful of approaching lawyers for advice and assistance. This is due to the average attorney’s penchant for high fee structures and complicated contracts. And so the Agreements Online idea was borne. It is intended as a cost-effective, user-friendly way for business owners to access standard contracts and business documents online, and to use legal agreements that suit their businesses. Kerry’s years of experience in business has assisted greatly in bringing the online agreements concept to fruition. A year after Agreements Online was launched, Kerry was nominated as a finalist in the Business Women’s Association Business Achiever Awards for her initiative with the website.
Kerry passed her law degree at the University of Natal, Durban, with 9 distinctions, 4 Certificates of Merit for highest mark achieved, Dean’s Commendation, and the Juta Award for the Best Law Student. Kerry has also completed Unisa’s gruelling Management Development Programme, achieving distinctions in all 5 subjects and earning the Dean’s Award for Best Student, as well as RAU’s Diploma in Advanced Banking (with distinction), Certificate in Compliance, and Certificate in Money Laundering Control (with distinction, and Dean’s Award for Highest Mark). She is also a Competent Toastmaster (Toastmaster’s International).
Kerry has gained valuable business experience in both legal practice as well as in corporate legal advising. Following her articles and admission as an Attorney of the High Court of South Africa, she joined a major South African Bank as a legal advisor, where she also set up and managed the Compliance and Operational Risk Departments for the Business Banking division and the bank’s Branch Network. While working in the bank she was recognised for her service excellence with top achiever awards.
She is currently an independent consultant specialising in the drafting of contracts and legal documentation for businesses, and has 20 years of experience in the legal field.