Sparke Helmore Lawyers is pleased to announce that 35 of its lawyers have been listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia.

Adam Fuller, Deborah Morris, Geoff Woolf, Maxine Feletti and Richard Chew were listed for the first time in the Guide. Commercial Insurance Partner Catherine Power was also awarded the accolade of Lawyer of the Year for exceptional client service in Canberra—the first time a lawyer at Sparke Helmore has received this recognition.  

"We are so proud that 35 of our lawyers have been selected for the Best Lawyers' Australia list—up from 27 last year. It's great to see that the high calibre of our legal practitioners across our four practice areas has been recognised by our industry peers," said Phillip Salem, National Managing Partner.

"These listings are a reflection of our lawyers' unwavering commitment to putting our clients at the heart of what we do. Congratulations to all those named—and special congratulations to Catherine Power for being acknowledged with an award reflecting the firm's values."

The following lawyers are featured in this year's list:

Corporate & Commercial

  • Adam Fuller: Banking and Finance Law
  • Alan McKelvey: Mining Law
  • Ben Burney: Banking and Finance Law
  • Catie Moore: Construction/Infrastructure Law and Energy Law
  • Chris Drury: Planning and Environmental Law
  • James Minchinton: Mining Law, Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law
  • Jason Lambeth: Corporate/Governance Practice and Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Leon Sakaris: Real Property Law
  • Mark Hickey: Real Property Law
  • Paul Tobin: Construction /Infrastructure Law
  • Richard Chew: Information Technology Law
  • Tim Castle: Insolvency and Reorganisation Law, and Litigation




Best Lawyers has been published for more than 30 years. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 70 countries. Lawyers on the list are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.


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 930 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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