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Mark Stocks, a senior associate with Sparke Helmore, will acquire the firm's Port Macquarie business on 1 July 2016, which will be known as Mark Stocks Lawyers from that time.

"I'm excited to take over this business, delighted the staff are staying with me and look forward to continuing to provide quality legal services to businesses and individuals in Port Macquarie and the Hastings region," said Mark Stocks.

The office's predecessor firm, Reid Commercial Law, joined Sparke Helmore Lawyers on 1 September 2014. Mark Stocks has been a key senior member of the Port Macquarie team since Sparke Helmore Partner David Reid established the business in 2008.

Mark Stocks Lawyers has a strong client-base of public and private sector clients, primarily in the property, development, construction, health care and professional services sectors. They provide legal services in the areas of property transactions, property development, commercial leases, sales and purchase of business, wills and estates, commercial and corporate law.

"I'm delighted Mark has decided to acquire this business. I know people in Port Macquarie and the surrounding districts appreciate Mark and his team's dedication to providing quality legal services to local businesses and the local community.  I wish Mark every success," said David Reid.

Following the divestment Sparke Helmore will operate eight offices around Australia, in which more than 600 people work.

Marks Stocks Lawyers will retain the same address and contact details. For more information, call Mark on 6586 2646.

About Sparke Helmore

Sparke Helmore Lawyers is a firm with more than 700 people working from eight offices across Australia, serving the needs of the insurance, government, financial services, technology, mining, construction and property sectors. Our expertise spans corporate and commercial to construction, workplace to insurance, IP to IPOs, mining to manufacturing, and property to procurement.

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