Quality and consistency through collaboration

We are pleased to announce that Janette McLennan, a Sparke Helmore alum, has re-joined our Specialty Lines team as a Partner.

Janette is a commercial litigator specialising in complex multi-party director and officer (D&O) claims, class actions, regulatory matters and commercial insurance/reinsurance. Her expertise includes:

  • acting for corporations and officers in the defence of class actions, with a particular emphasis on securities claims, and advising insurer stakeholders on those risks
  • acting for D&Os in regulatory disputes, including ASIC civil penalty proceedings and criminal prosecutions arising from alleged misconduct in financial markets
  • defending insolvent trading claims and related D&O claims following corporate collapse
  • advising insurers on complex coverage matters, both at primary level and in multi-layered programmes, in all financial lines and commercial insurance disciplines
  • acting in reinsurance disputes, including in arbitrations and at appellate level
  • defending a wide range of professionals in claims of alleged negligence, breach of contract and breach of statutory duties, and
  • advising on defamation/reputation management matters, including in claims against cross-border primary and secondary digital publishers. 

She also has deep connections in the local and London market, which will complement the firm’s existing relationships.

Malcolm Cameron, National Practice Group Leader for Specialty Lines said, “We are excited to welcome Janette back to our team. She is a market leading financial lines practitioner who has a strong client focus and is a known and trusted pair of hands. Janette’s team are excellent operators, and we are delighted they have decided to join us.”

“I am pleased to return to Sparke Helmore and work in a team that is known for their market leading technical excellence and collegiate culture. This is a great opportunity for my team to help build on already strong foundations and contribute to growing the practice for the future needs of our clients.” said Janette.

Janette and her team of four lawyers, who join us from Clyde & Co, are all based in our Sydney office.

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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