Quality and consistency through collaboration

We are pleased to announce that Partners, Matthew Hawker, Bernadette Rayment, Katherine Whittemore and Luke Woolley have been recognised as leading Administrative & Public lawyers in Doyle’s Guide 2022. 

Matthew Hawker, Partner in our Government team and based in Brisbane, leads Sparke Helmore’s national Government Administrative Law service line. Matthew is a specialist lawyer who practises exclusively in administrative law litigation and Commonwealth compensation claims. He advises on and represents Commonwealth agencies, licensees and insurers in merits review and judicial review matters.

Bernadette Rayment, Partner in our Government team and based in Sydney, is a litigator and advocate with more than 30 years' experience providing legal advice to the Commonwealth Government. She advises on merits review, judicial review and statutory interpretation, and represents clients before Royal Commissions and inquiries.

Katherine Whittemore, Partner in our Government team and based in Melbourne, is an experienced litigator and advocate with expertise both in administrative and criminal law. She regularly appears in Federal and Victorian Tribunals and Courts for Commonwealth and State government agencies in merits review and judicial review matters and related appeals. Katherine acts in complex and high-profile matters as well as criminal and quasi-criminal proceedings. She is experienced in complex statutory interpretation and all aspects of FOI.

Luke Woolley, Partner in our Government team and based in Canberra, specialises in administrative law litigation including NDIA, Commonwealth workers’ compensation and military compensation claims.  Luke works closely with his clients to develop solutions for effective claims resolution, is skilled in using a range of alternate dispute resolution processes and frequently appears for clients in merits review applications.

Congratulations again to Matthew, Bernadette, Katherine and Luke!

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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