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Sparke Helmore Lawyers welcomes two new partners who will be based in our Sydney office—Scott McDonald, who joins our Corporate & Commercial Group, and Julian McGrath, who joins our Insurance Group.

Scott has more than 30 years' commercial litigation experience in complex commercial disputes, competition law, alternative dispute resolution, bankruptcy, insolvency and white collar crime. He also has significant experience in the emerging fields of international commercial arbitration, cross-border disputes, and anti-bribery and corruption. He is regularly briefed by clients to appear in high-profile inquiries, investigations, Independent Commission Against Corruption and Royal Commissions. Scott, who has been named on the Best Lawyers in Australia list, was also recently appointed by the Attorney General as a part-time, Senior Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) in the Consumer and Commercial Division.

Julian has more than 24 years' experience in insurance law. He advises on first party property claims, professional indemnity claims, directors' and officers' claims, and complex liability and products liability claims for insurers. Julian also provides advice on policy coverage, defending contested declinatures, and on proceedings involving non-disclosure and under the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth). He is also included on the Best Lawyers list.

National Managing Partner Phillip Salem, said: "Our partnership is growing from strength to strength and it's gratifying to see the firm attract lawyers of Scott and Julian's calibre. Sparke Helmore now has 78 partners delivering exceptional service to all our clients across Australia."

Scott McDonald joined Sparke Helmore on 3 May 2017 and Julian McGrath joins the firm today.

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 900 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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