Quality and consistency through collaboration

Sparke Helmore Lawyers is proud to announce the promotions of Jenna Forbes, Joanna Lee, Ellie Moran, Stephanie Nevin, Philip Ramsay, Elle Tattersall and Tyne van Dissel to the role of senior associate in the Corporate & Commercial, Government and Insurance Groups.

"It always gives me a great sense of pride to announce internal promotions," said Phillip Salem, Sparke Helmore's National Managing Partner. "Recognising our outstanding lawyers for their contributions to our clients and the firm, and their dedication and tenacity to driving successful careers is wonderful to see and an integral part of our firm's aim to be a world-class Australian law firm."

Senior Associates

Jenna Forbes—Insurance, Melbourne

Jenna is an insurance litigator who specialises in state compensation and workers' compensation matters in Victoria and Tasmania. She works on a range of matters, including statutory and impairment benefits claims as well as common law claims and damages trials. Jenna has extensive experience representing self-insurers in the Magistrates', County and Supreme Courts of Victoria, as well as advising on complex matters that involve mixed exposures relating to employment, compensation and common law damages.

Joanna Lee—Corporate & Commercial, Sydney

Joanna specialises in intellectual property portfolio management, prosecution, commercialisation and enforcement, with a focus on trade marks.

She has experience acting in both contentious and non-contentious IP matters, including trade marks, copyright, designs and confidential information. Joanna also advises on a broad range of IP-related and commercial matters, including advertising clearance, food labelling, consumer law, privacy law, electronic unsolicited messages, business names, domain names and Customs border protection.

Ellie Moran—Insurance, Adelaide

Ellie advises and represents insurers and government departments on matters in the South Australian Employment Tribunal, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia. She takes an active role in dispute resolution and advocacy. Ellie previously worked for a large firm specialising in personal injury and was the Associate to Federal Court Justice Paul Finn and Federal Circuit Court (FCC) Judge Christine Mead. Ellie's experience has given her insight into a range of jurisdictions and she has developed a strong understanding of practice and procedure.

Stephanie Nevin—Corporate & Commercial, Newcastle

Stephanie joined the firm's Planning, Environment and Local Government team in February 2012. She is an experienced environmental and planning lawyer who advises clients on the interpretation and requirements of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW), the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 (NSW) and other environmental legislation. Stephanie regularly conducts litigation in the Land and Environment Court.  

Philip Ramsay—Insurance, Sydney

Philip specialises in CTP insurance and deals with disputes on indemnity, liability, false and misleading statements, issues surrounding contributory negligence, complex medical issues and administrative appeals. He represents the needs of our clients with dedication and a strong client focus. Philip has extensive experience in the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service, as well as in the District Court, Supreme Court and Court of Appeal.

Elle Tattersall—Government, Brisbane

Elle joined Sparke Helmore in February 2014. She has experience conducting administrative law litigation on behalf of government clients and regularly appears as solicitor advocate in the FCC and Federal Court in judicial review proceedings. Before joining Sparke Helmore, Elle worked as an Associate to an FCC judge, where she developed a detailed understanding of civil litigation and administration, and dispute resolution best practice.

Tyne van Dissel—Insurance, Adelaide

Tyne is an insurance litigator practising in the Statutory State Compensation team in Adelaide. She has more than seven years' experience in insurance litigation, specialising in a range of matters, including workers' compensation and premium reviews. She has extensive experience in proceedings before the South Australian Employment Tribunal and Premium Review Panel, and was recently seconded to a state workers' compensation statutory authority. 

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 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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