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Sparke Helmore Lawyers is proud to announce the promotions of three special counsel and 10 senior associates.

Insurance litigators Carolyn Coventry and Luke Woolley, and Head of Pro Bono & Community Hannah Rose are the newest members of the firm's special counsel cohort.

Our new senior associates—Lauren Bultitude-Paull, Rui Chen, James Clohesy, Jenna Cotterill, Leith Helsdon, Edward Osborne, Matt Parker, Mark Prosser, Calvin Tay and Melissa Teo—represent all our practice groups (Corporate & Commercial, Government, Insurance and Workplace) from coast to coast.

Sparke Helmore's National Managing Partner, Phillip Salem, said: "The firm is incredibly proud to be promoting 13 of our high performing lawyers as of 1 July 2017. Each of them has demonstrated unwavering dedication to our clients and the firm, as well as an exceptional aptitude in their area of practice. Congratulations to you all."

Special counsel

Carolyn Coventry—Commercial Insurance, Sydney

Carolyn is an experienced insurance litigator who advises and acts for insurers and corporations in a wide range of general liability claims. She also provides coverage advice to insurers and pursues recovery actions in respect of first party property losses.

Hannah Rose—Pro Bono & Community, Sydney

Hannah provides advice on the establishment, structure, governance, compliance obligations and operations of not-for-profit organisations. She also provides professional indemnity and directors' and officers' coverage advice, and defends claims against professionals and directors. Hannah also manages the firm's Pro Bono and Community Programs.

Luke Woolley—Insurance Statutory Lines, Canberra

Luke works on Commonwealth workers' compensation and administrative law matters, advising on liability, quantum and settlement prospects and effective claims resolution. He regularly appears in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in merits review proceedings and the Federal Court of Australia in judicial review proceedings.

Senior associates

Lauren Bultitude-Paull—Insurance, Perth

Lauren is an insurance litigator who provides advice and acts for insurers and corporations in a variety of general liability claims, including public liability and professional indemnity. She also provides coverage advice to insurers as well as advice on pursuing recovery of losses from third parties.

Rui Chen—Insurance, Sydney

Rui is an insurance lawyer who specialises in advising on property, energy and construction matters. She assists and acts for national and international insurers and corporations on a range of insurance matters, including indemnity, defence of litigated claims, subrogation and recovery. 

James Clohesy—Insurance, Sydney

James defends medium to large scale litigated claims for insurers, their insured clients and for government agencies. He also conducts subrogated recovery actions for insurers in property and motor disputes, and advises government agencies on construction-based recovery actions.

Jenna Cotterill—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Jenna is a mining and resources lawyer who works between our Newcastle and Muswellbrook offices, in the heart of the Hunter Valley coalfields. She assists clients to secure approvals for exploration and mining, advises on tenement management and applications, environmental regulation and compliance, and commercial agreements.

Leith Helsdon—Government, Melbourne

Leith is an advocate and litigator, specialising in administrative law. She represents Commonwealth agencies in merits and judicial review matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court and Federal Court.

Edward Osborne—Insurance, Sydney

Edward is a commercial and insurance litigation lawyer with a focus on property, professional indemnity and cyber risk. He defends medium to large scale litigated claims, conducts subrogated recovery actions for infrastructure and construction works, and advises on coverage issues. He also provides compliance and regulatory advice.

Matt Parker—Workplace, Newcastle

Matt specialises in employment, and work health and safety (WHS) law. He advises on all aspects of the employer-employee relationship, collective bargaining, industrial disputes, investigations and litigation. He also assists clients with workplace safety issues, including compliance with WHS legislation, responding to workplace incidents and defending regulatory prosecutions.

Mark Prosser—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Mark is commercial lawyer specialising in construction and infrastructure projects. He has particular experience advising on complex procurement and contracting matters, including negotiation, contract administration and drafting, as well as settlement arrangements and dispute resolution.    

Calvin Tay—Corporate & Commercial, Melbourne

Calvin is a property lawyer who specialises in large scale acquisitions and divestments, leasing matters, joint ventures and developments. He advises on retail, banking and commercial leasing, joint ventures in land development, financing and structuring of transactions, and acquisitions and disposals of land.

Melissa Teo—Insurance, Melbourne

Melissa is an insurance litigator who defends public liability claims, workplace injury claims for common law damages, Accident Compensation Act 1984 (Vic.) recovery actions and property damage claims. She also provides advice on policy coverage and the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth).

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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