Quality and consistency through collaboration

Sparke Helmore Lawyers is delighted to welcome four new Partners, two Special Counsel, one Senior Associate as well as 25 lawyers and support staff to its Commercial Insurance team.

The four Partners—Kiley Hodges, Ian Jones, Renee Sadler and Matthew Seisun—are highly experienced insurance lawyers, all having worked with leading local and international organisations, as well as government and government agencies, throughout their respective careers.

Most recently, all four have been partners at Curwoods Lawyers and come to us with formidable reputations in the insurance sector. Kiley is a highly-regarded professional indemnity, property and construction lawyer; Ian is well-known for specialising in fraud-related and catastrophic motor vehicle insurance claims for major insurers; Renee has a wealth of expertise in insurance litigation, with a focus on CTP claims and fraud; and Matthew is a force in the areas of personal injury and compulsory third party claims as well as public risk claims.

The two Special Counsel and one Senior Associate come to us with extensive CTP expertise.

"We all are excited to make the move to Sparke Helmore. They are the pre-eminent national firm in the insurance space and I know joining with them will make for an Insurance practice group that is unparalleled in Australia for its depth and breadth of expertise," said Ian Jones.

National Managing Partner Phillip Salem said, "I am thrilled to welcome such an exceptional team of specialists to our firm. The addition of these 32 individuals to our Commercial Insurance practice is yet another significant step in enhancing the legal expertise we provide to our insurance clients nationally. 

"We know that to provide the full service insurance offering that many domestic insurers value, it's crucial to have strong financial lines, CTP liability, construction and professional indemnity practices.  With the addition of this team, we have that. In fact, with these high-calibre hires, we enhance our standing as one of the largest insurance law practices in Australia. And we haven't finished—we have a relentless focus on acquiring the best available in the market to ensure we continue to exceed our clients' expectations".

Ian, Renee and Matthew will be based in Sparke Helmore's Sydney office, with Kiley based in Brisbane, bolstering the firm's investment into that market.

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 880 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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