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We are pleased to announce that three of our Partners, Catherine Wilkinson, Dalvin Chien and Katherine Whittemore have been recognised as finalists for the Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards in their respective categories.

Catherine Wilkinson—Employment Partner of the Year

Catherine leads our national Workplace Group and is also a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. She advises public and private sector clients on issues relating to employment and safety in the workplace.  Clients trust and value her advice, evidenced by her enduring relationships with many of her clients for whom she has worked with for over 20 years.

Adopting a strategic yet empathetic approach, Catherine has managed many catastrophic workplace incidents (involving multiple fatalities) from an immediate coordinated response, through to responding to Regulator requests and investigations, coronial inquests, and defending prosecutions. Drawing upon years of expertise, Catherine provides pragmatic solutions to difficult issues.

Dalvin Chien—Technology Partner of the Year

Dalvin is a technology, data and government contracting specialist.  He has more than 17 years’ experience advising on all aspects of technology sourcing, privacy, and government contracting, and has been recognised for his work in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific directory. Dalvin leads our Information Technology law team.

Dalvin helps clients come up with solutions to address commercial and legal risks, especially with the use of technology and data.  He has acted for both vendors and procurers of technology, and has vast industry experience, which gives him valuable insight into commercial and risk drivers. This in turn allows him to adopt a pragmatic and values-based approach to the advice he provides, the documents he reviews, and the negotiations he leads

Katherine Whittemore—Government Partner of the Year

Katherine is an experienced litigator and advocate with expertise in both administrative and criminal law. She regularly appears in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Federal Circuit Court, Federal Court and High Court of Australia for Commonwealth Government entities in matters involving statutory interpretation, merits review and judicial review.

Katherine has extensive experience advising Commonwealth departments across a number of areas including debt enforcement proceedings, civil penalty proceedings, coronial inquiries, intervention order matters, FOI, privacy, statutory interpretation, human rights law and criminal law. She is also listed as a Leading Administrative & Public Lawyer in Doyle's Guide.

About the Partner of the Year Awards

The winners of the Partner of the Year Awards will be announced on Thursday 28 July at a black-tie event at the Star Sydney. The awards identify the legal partners, or partners equivalent, across individual practice areas within the Australian legal profession.

The awards are regarded as one of the legal profession’s most prestigious accolades and pinpoint professional development and innovation, showcasing the individuals who are leading the way in the industry.

Congratulations again to Catherine, Dalvin and Katherine!

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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