Quality and consistency through collaboration

We are pleased to announce that Michelle Taylor, Partner, has been recognised in the 2023 Australasian Lawyer Elite Women report.

As the leader of Sparke Helmore’s Maritime and Transport practice, Michelle is an internationally recognised maritime lawyer with 28 years’ experience providing strategic advice across all areas of maritime and transport law.

Her distinguished achievements include:

  • being appointed to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority board, where she has contributed to shaping government policy regarding domestic operations, accession to international maritime treaties and dealing with current maritime incidents abroad
  • serving as the president of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand
  • being a founding member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association in Queensland, which focuses on increasing female representation in the traditionally male-dominated shipping industry

Michelle also learned a lesson early on: never underestimate the importance of seeking out a mentor.

“A career in law has stress and challenges, so find someone who can champion you through any challenges you face. I’ve been encouraged by incredible, inspiring women in the profession, and I don’t think I’d be where I am today without that support,” she says.

Michelle’s achievements and contributions culminated in her appointment to the Sparke Helmore Board in late 2022, enabling her to directly contribute to the strategic leadership of the firm.

Congratulations Michelle on this outstanding achievement!

Michelle Taylor AL quote


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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