Quality and consistency through collaboration

Congratulations to Sarah Richards who was recognised as a finalist in the category Special Counsel of the Year for the Lawyers Weekly 2022 Australian Law Awards. The Government team, Insurance team and the Pro Bono program were also recognised as finalists in their respective categories.

Sarah, Special Counsel, in our Commercial Insurance team and based in the Perth office. She has over 15 years’ experience as a litigator and insurance lawyer, she advises insurers, corporations and professionals on a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on professional indemnity (PI) and directors' & officers' (D&O) matters.

Sarah advises insurers—and acts for their insured clients—on coverage issues for complex claims under PI, D&O and management liability policies, statutory compliance, investigations and defence of statutory prosecutions. She also conducts subrogated recovery claims on insurers' instructions.

This year Lawyers Weekly received 848 submissions, out of which 370 finalists have been chosen to battle it out for the awards across 41 categories. The awards will be held on Friday 12 August at the Australian Turf Club, Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. We wish our finalists the best of luck and congratulate them again for receiving this recognition!

About 2022 Australian Law Awards

The awards program identifies the leading legal professionals and firms in the legal industry across Australia and showcases the depth of their talent, hard work, and dedication, while affirming the sector’s essential role in supporting the expansion of Australia.

It presents an opportunity for individuals and groups in the legal industry to not only gain recognition at a national level and build a reputation for excellence but also network with their peers and celebrate their achievements at the black-tie gala dinner.

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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