Quality and consistency through collaboration

Sparke Helmore Lawyers is delighted to welcome Suzy Cairney to its Corporate & Commercial Practice.

With over 25 years’ experience in Australia and overseas, Suzy is a skilful major projects lawyer working mostly with site owners and developers, utilities, government entities and contractors, while she also advises consultants, financiers and operators, depending on the project.

Although she has worked on almost all types of major projects from inception to operations and decommissioning, these days she focuses mainly on the ports, water, resource recovery and renewables industries.

Suzy has also worked in several in-house counsel roles in Australia and overseas, including as European Legal Counsel for the Port of Singapore’s main non-Asian subsidiary based in Belgium, as Corporate Counsel for Sunwater, as project lawyer for Xstrata’s Wandoan coal mine and as Contracts Manager on the Legacy Way Project in Brisbane. 

She is a recognised Legal Influencer for Infrastructure – Australasia (Lexology Content Marketing Awards for Q1 2019) and also serves on the Board of Professional Engineers Queensland, the Board of the Infrastructure Association of Queensland (and past Deputy Chair) and the Queensland Committee of Redkite. 

National Managing Partner Phillip Salem said, “I am excited that Suzy has decided to join Sparke Helmore.  Having someone with Suzy’s vast experience working on significant major projects in Australia and abroad, enhances the outstanding solutions and service we offer to our clients.”

“I immediately identified with the culture and the values of Sparke Helmore, including the shared commitment to client service excellence. I’m thrilled to join this market-leading firm and am looking forward to adding my depth of experience to their client offering and teams”, said Suzy.

Suzy will be based in Brisbane.

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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