Sparke Helmore Lawyers is proud to announce the promotion of four lawyers to Special Counsel and nine to Senior Associate across the firm's Corporate & Commercial, Government and Insurance Groups, effective from 1 January 2018.

The firm's newest Special Counsel are Perth-based insurance lawyers Joanne Clarke, Ben Coppin and Colby Treasure, and Newcastle-based commercial lawyer Naomi Simmons.

Hannah Alcaro, Rory Alexander, Sarah Berry, Mia Donald, Daniel Forster, Cavelle Lindsay, Andrew Pacey,  Deirdre Pennock and Melissa Scriva have also been promoted to Senior Associate.

"I am thrilled to start the New Year celebrating the success of 13 of our talented lawyers. Congratulations to each one on their well-earned promotion," said Sparke Helmore's National Managing Partner, Phillip Salem. "It's also great to see more women moving into senior positions, with half of our promoted Special Counsel and two-thirds of our new Senior Associates female. Gender equality continues to be a key focus for the firm following the recent launch of our Diversity & Inclusion 2020 Strategy, which aims to attract, develop and retain top female talent and to continue to improve the gender representation in our leadership roles and decision-making forums. I am committed to achieving gender equality in our workplace and look forward to seeing many more of our female lawyers coming through the ranks in the future."

Special Counsel

Joanne Clarke—Insurance, Perth

Joanne acts for insurers in various claims, including motor vehicle and treatment liability, asbestos, public and general liability, and workers' compensation claims. She regularly appears in the District Court for interlocutory matters and pre-trial conferences, and has extensive experience instructing Counsel on a range of liability and quantum matters. She has also previously practised in the United Kingdom.

Ben Coppin—Insurance, Perth

Ben is an insurance and commercial litigator who specialises in public liability and commercial insurance. He regularly represents insurers and insureds in the District and Supreme Courts on matters involving personal injury, property damage, indemnity and contractual claims, and the common law aspects of the Workers Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981 (WA).

Naomi Simmons—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Naomi is an Accredited Specialist in Local Government and Planning Law who also practises environment law. Her work involves drafting and negotiating planning agreements, advising on planning and environment legislation, representing clients before the Land and Environment Court, and acting in planning appeals as well as pollution investigations and prosecutions.

Colby Treasure—Insurance, Perth

Colby advises insurers and employers on workers' compensation, employers' liability, public liability, third party motor vehicle insurance and other general insurance matters. He also assists employers with investigations following serious workplace accidents and represents clients in litigious matters before the Supreme Court, District Court, and the WorkCover Conciliation and Arbitration Service.

Senior Associates

Hannah Alcaro—Corporate & Commercial, Sydney

Hannah is a property lawyer specialising in leasing matters, developments, and acquisitions and disposals. She has experience advising on retail and commercial leasing for government agencies, major Australian banks and private entities. She also regularly advises property developers on off-the-plan developments and has acted on a number of large scale transactions.

Rory Alexander—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Rory is a commercial lawyer specialising in government procurement and major infrastructure projects. He has particular expertise advising on complex contracting matters, including preparing tender materials, negotiation, contract administration and dispute resolution. He also has substantial experience in project management.

Sarah Berry—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Sarah acts on transactional and advisory matters, including commercial contracts, business acquisitions and disposals, risk management and business succession planning, trusts and company secretarial. She works with medium-sized corporates in the professional services, liquor, hospitality and health industries, as well as with start-ups, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit organisations.

Mia Donald—Government, Sydney

Mia is an administrative lawyer who acts for Commonwealth departments and agencies in merits and judicial review matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and federal courts. She is also admitted to practice at the New York State Bar, having worked as a Pro Bono Attorney at the Legal Aid Society where she represented unaccompanied children from Central America.

Daniel Forster—Corporate & Commercial, Sydney

Daniel advises on contractual disputes, commercial conflict of laws, class action procedures and external administrations. He acts in proceedings before superior state and federal courts and tribunals, and in alternative dispute resolution for domestic and international corporate clients, in-house legal teams, and government departments and agencies.

Cavelle Lindsay—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Cavelle specialises in estate planning, succession law and commercial transactions. She acts for corporate and individual clients, advising on a variety of commercial transactions, including share sale and purchase agreements, business and asset sales and acquisitions, corporate and trust reviews and structuring, and wills and estate planning. 

Andrew Pacey—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Andrew is a litigator who acts in commercial and construction disputes before all levels of New South Wales and federal courts as well as in mediations and alternative dispute resolution. He also regularly advises on the interpretation and management of construction and procurement contracts, including defect, warranty and acceptance issues, the recovery of liquidated damages and termination rights.

Deirdre Pennock—Insurance, Perth

Deirdre is an insurance law specialist who advises and represents insurers and their clients in a range of commercial insurance matters, predominantly motor vehicle injury, public liability, and property claims and recoveries. She also regularly manages catastrophic injury claims, including acquired brain and spinal injuries as well as infant claims.

Melissa Scriva—Insurance, Sydney

Melissa advises clients on Commonwealth workers' compensation claims and specialises in administrative law, immigration law, statutory compensation law and litigation. She regularly appears as an advocate before federal courts and the AAT in preliminary and conciliation conferences and in directions and substantive hearings.

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 800 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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