Quality and consistency through collaboration

We’re pleased to announce 11 Special Counsels and 16 Senior Associate promotions this year, effective 1 July 2023. All of the firm’s practice groups have reason to celebrate, with the spread of promotions representing excellence across teams and locations.

Congratulations to all our promoted Special Counsels and Senior Associates.

Special Counsels

  • Rosemary Hamer, Casualty Insurance, Melbourne
  • Steven Canton, Specialty, Sydney
  • Jake Kyranis, Government Public & Regulatory, Brisbane
  • Katherine Evans, Government Public & Regulatory, Sydney
  • Rushil Sharma, Projects & Government Commercial, Canberra
  • Samantha Smith, Projects & Government Commercial, Newcastle
  • Alex Caldwell, Property Environment & Finance, Newcastle
  • Matthew O'Sullivan, Banking & Finance, Sydney and Newcastle
  • Ebony Vail, Statutory Lines Insurance, Sydney
  • Laura Beattie, Statutory Lines Insurance, Sydney
  • Susan Withycombe-Taperell, Workplace, Newcastle

Senior Associates

  • Joanne Yu, Casualty Insurance, Melbourne
  • Stefanie Andrensek, Specialty, Brisbane
  • Monique Essey, CTP, Sydney
  • Izzy Hazell, Pro Bono, Newcastle
  • Matthieu Byrnes, Projects & Government Commercial, Melbourne
  • Erina Yip, Workplace, Sydney
  • Isobel Lawler, Banking & Finance, Sydney
  • Cormac Burke, Government Public & Regulatory, Sydney
  • David Gunter, Property Environment & Finance, Newcastle
  • Bethany Jackson, Statutory Lines Insurance, Adelaide
  • Renee Compain-Helsloot, Workplace, Newcastle
  • Jacqueline Cassar, Casualty Insurance, Sydney
  • Leanne Hsieh, Corporate & Commercial, Sydney
  • Brendan Edghill, Workplace, Sydney
  • Georgia Sivashankar, Workplace, Adelaide
  • Benjamin Gunter, Projects & Government Commercial, Newcastle

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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