Quality and consistency through collaboration

Congratulations to Chanel Bou-Francis, Alex Chan, Christopher Orchard and Elyse Galvin who are all celebrating a new year promotion.

Chanel (Sydney), Alex (Adelaide) and Christopher (Melbourne) have been promoted to Special Counsel and Elyse (Sydney) has been promoted to Senior Associate.

Andrew White, National Managing Partner, said, "It is always a great day when I can announce home-grown promotions from among our talented cohort of senior lawyers. I know that their contributions will continue to drive the firm’s success and growth and that they will excel in their new roles."

Read more below about Chanel, Alex, Christopher and Elyse.

Chanel Bou-Francis, Special Counsel, Casualty

Chanel is an experienced litigator in our Commercial Insurance team, specialising in national liability disputes across the casualty, aviation, and property space, including having been seconded to the claims team for one of the firm’s largest insurer clients. During her secondment, Chanel provided complex and technical legal support in response to high profile building and construction disasters.   

Alex Chan, Special Counsel, Government Public & Regulatory

Alex is a public and administrative lawyer who advises and appears as solicitor advocate for Commonwealth agencies in administrative review of decisions made under portfolio legislation. He also provides advice on statutory interpretation and regulatory law matters for agencies.

Christopher Orchard, Special Counsel, Government Public & Regulatory

Christopher is an experienced litigator and solicitor advocate in merits and judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, and Federal Court hearings and trials, and is an experienced litigator in large Full Federal Court and High Court matters, predominantly in public law advising and representing both government and private clients, at both Federal and State levels. He advises and represents clients in the Supreme Court of Victoria and Magistrates’ Court of Victoria.

Elyse Galvin, Senior Associate, Workplace

Elyse is an employment lawyer who assists public and private sector clients in all aspects of employment law. Elyse’s employment experience includes assisting in conducting workplace investigations, and advising on legislative compliance, litigation, drafting contracts and contractual disputes, unfair dismissal claims, general protection claims, workplace relations and discrimination.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover six key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Property Environment & Finance, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 850 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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