After welcoming 32 new additions to its Commercial Insurance team last week, Sparke Helmore Lawyers proudly announces 25 mid-year promotions, including four partners, eight special counsel and 13 senior associates.

Congratulations to Pro Bono Partner Hannah Rose (Sydney), Commercial Insurance Partners Mark Sainsbury (Brisbane) and Colin Davidson (Sydney), and Corporate & Commercial Partner Emanuel Oros (Sydney).

Identifying and championing female talent, and increasing the representation of women in the partnership remains a key objective of the firm's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020—these promotions are another stride in the right direction with 60% of those promoted being female.

National Managing Partner Phillip Salem said: "We had a record number of high-performing individuals put forward for promotions this year, which was excellent to see and shows we are on the front foot when it comes to harnessing and cultivating our pipeline of talent. We're really proud of that. Through our internal mentoring and re-developed career pathways programs, we are investing in our future leaders more than ever before and it's paying dividends. The firm is going from strength to strength, having recently bolstered our commercial insurance offering, among other huge successes so far this year."

The firm congratulates the following new special counsel:

Summer Foley (Commercial Insurance, Sydney)

Dino Liistro (Commercial Insurance, Sydney)

Jehan Mata (Commercial Insurance, Melbourne)

Emily McKeowen (Commercial Insurance, Sydney)

Laura Rush (Commercial Insurance, Sydney)

Catherine Morton (Corporate & Commercial, Sydney)

Oliver Young (Government, Melbourne)

Sam Jackson (Workplace, Melbourne)


The firm congratulates the following new senior associates:

Commercial Insurance

Lani Carter (Adelaide)

Aimee Dash (Perth)

Shannon Steed (Brisbane)

Corporate & Commercial

Alinta Briggs (Sydney)

Samantha Smith (Newcastle)

Sasha Vleeshouwer (Brisbane)

Luke Woodward (Sydney)


Adam Cunynghame (Melbourne)

Samantha Ferry (Canberra)

Andrew Keevers (Sydney)

Alanna Lucchese (Sydney)

Statutory Lines Insurance

Kelvin Defranciscis (Canberra)

Laura Hinwood (Canberra)


The promotions are effective from 1 July 2018.

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 877 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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