Sparke Helmore Lawyers would like to congratulate Daria McLachlan and Verity Scandrett on being named finalists in the 2015 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.

Daria McLachlan from the Workplace Group in Adelaide is up for the Senior Associate of the Year Award, which recognises outstanding work over the 2015 financial year, considering contributions to the firm and clients as well as leadership in the community and at work. 

Adelaide Workplace Partner and colleague, Luke Holland, supported Daria's nomination and said: "Daria's strong work ethic and skillset has been a huge asset to me and our team since she joined us in 2013. She has assisted in many high profile work health and safety matters and managed a number of challenging unfair dismissal and adverse action claims."

"As part of the firm's Pro Bono program, Daria has given more than 60 hours of employment advice and assistance in the past financial year. Her nomination as a finalist recognises her outstanding work as a lawyer, her stellar contributions to the firm outside of her day-to-day responsibilities and also her leadership activities in the wider community."

"I'm very honoured", says Daria. "It is nice to be recognised for the work I do. I'm also very grateful to the firm and Luke for allowing me to volunteer my time and to be involved in the firm in so many ways. I think this is an excellent example of volunteering being rewarded and I am thrilled."

Verity Scandrett, who is part of the Insurance Group in Sydney, has been selected as a finalist for the Young Gun of the Year Award, which recognises young lawyers who have demonstrated potential in their first three years of legal practice.

One of Verity's supervising partners, Malcolm Cameron, said: "Verity has taken on responsibilities that lawyers her age normally do not see for several years. In one especially difficult matter, Verity was instrumental in coordinating the preparation of evidence, which addressed events over a number of years in a compressed time frame (due to the Court's orders). In doing so, Verity showed judgment, organisation, calmness under pressure and a strong appreciation of the key legal and factual issues in dispute. Her nomination acknowledges her legal acumen and exceptional contribution to our team."

"I am delighted to have been selected as a 'Young Gun' finalist. Over the past two years, I have been exceptionally challenged, inspired and encouraged, which is a testament to the partners who I work for and the mentors that I have been able to learn from," says Verity.

The Women in Law Awards, which are in their fourth year, are a celebration of female talent and recognise the up-and-comers, the dealmakers, the innovators and the experts in the legal field. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony to be held at The Grand Hyatt in Melbourne on Friday 27 November.

We wish Daria and Verity the best of luck.

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 five key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, 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 950 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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