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Sparke Helmore Lawyers' ongoing commitment to the insurance industry was acknowledged last night, when we were named Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 2017 Australasian Law Awards. More than 650 people attended the awards ceremony at The Star in Sydney to celebrate excellence in the legal industry throughout 2016. 

"It's a real honour to have received this award for a second year in a row. Our 300-strong insurance team is dedicated to working with all the major Australian insurers, brokers and intermediaries based in Australia and the UK, and this award is fantastic recognition of the world-class service the team is continuing to deliver to our clients," said Phillip Salem, Sparke Helmore's National Managing Partner. "Congratulations to our Insurance Group on this well-deserved win, and thank you to our clients for their ongoing support."  

Law firms in this category were judged on the quantity, quality, importance and innovativeness of their work, as well as their level of client service to the insurance industry. Sparke Helmore's Insurance Group advised more than 300 insurers, insureds and underwriters on hundreds of significant and complex claims across the main lines of insurance in 2016.

We were also a finalist for Law Firm of the Year (101-500 lawyers), which recognised outstanding client service and leading expertise across a broad range of practice areas, and Property, Infrastructure & Projects Deal of the Year through our involvement in the Canberra Light Rail public-private partnership.

The firm sponsored the Sparke Helmore Insurance In-house Team of the Year on the night. We'd like to congratulate our client AIA Australia who won the award and AIG, Berkley Insurance Australia, Chubb, Dual, IAG, Steadfast, Suncorp – Vero and XL Catlin who were named as finalists.

Catherine Power at Australasian Law Awards
Above: Insurance Partner Catherine Power accepted the Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year award. 

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 950 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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