Sparke Helmore Lawyers is pleased to announce that the firm has promoted six lawyers to Partner from the Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney offices. Congratulations to Ashley Cahif and Holly McAdam from the Government Group, Maxine Feletti and Wes Rose from the Insurance Group, and Darren Rankine and Martin Taylor from the Corporate & Commercial Group who have joined the partnership, effective from 1 July.

"I would like to congratulate our new partners. The dedication of these individuals to putting their clients first as well as their significant contributions to and leadership of their respective teams, makes me confident that they will continue to enhance our offering in the market and support Sparke Helmore's vision of being a world-class Australian law firm," said Mark Hickey, Chairman of Partners.

Ashley Cahif and Holly McAdam are part of the firm's Government Commercial team in Canberra. Ashley is a leader in our firm's governance and probity practice, and advises Commonwealth departments and agencies on major projects, including tendering and procurement activities, capital works projects, funding agreements, outsourcing arrangements, intellectual property issues and regulatory matters. Holly is part of our firm's major projects team that advises the Commonwealth on major acquisition and sustainment programs, transformational initiatives, information and communications technology projects, outsourcing arrangements, contract enforcement issues and dispute resolution matters.

Maxine Feletti and Wes Rose are based in Canberra and Sydney respectively. Maxine joined the firm's State Compensation team in March 2016. She advises government agencies, corporate employers and insurers on statutory and common law claims arising from workplace accidents, WHS, regulatory compliance and risk management, investigations and coronial inquests and also merits review. Wes specialises in advising on construction, property and professional risks across professional indemnity, contract works, contractor all risk and industrial special risk lines. He acts for Lloyd's syndicates and local and US-based insurers, advising on coverage, liability and recovery prospects under a variety of complex, bespoke project specific and annual policy wordings.

Darren Rankine and Martin Taylor, who are based in Newcastle, are part of the firm's Construction, Projects & Infrastructure team. Darren advises public and private sector clients, developers and contractors on documenting and negotiating construction and infrastructure projects in the commercial, aged care, university, mining, maritime and water industry sectors. Martin advises governments, statutory utilities and private developers on project procurement and delivery and has worked on significant Australian and international construction projects across the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.

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 877 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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