Quality and consistency through collaboration

Congratulations to Head of Intellectual Property and the Corporate & Commercial Group, Shannon Platt, Board Member and Insurance Partner, Gillian Davidson, and Board Member and Workplace Partner Carlie Holt, who have been named finalists in the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards.

"We are so proud that Shannon, Gillian and Carlie have been recognised for the exceptional work they do in their respective practice areas as well as the significant contributions they make as leaders in and outside the firm," said Phillip Salem, Sparke Helmore's National Managing Partner.

"Aside from their exceptional client service, they actively champion Sparke Helmore's diverse and inclusive culture as senior female practitioners—a renewed area of focus for the firm. Being listed among the finest practitioners in the country is an incredible accolade and I wish them the best of luck on the awards night."

Shannon was previously recognised at the 2016 Awards as Intellectual Property Partner of the Year. She represents clients in patent, trade mark, copyright and design disputes in the Federal Court, and litigation arising from misleading and deceptive conduct, and protecting trade secrets.

Gillian, who has been recognised as a leading insurance lawyer by Legal 500, specialises in general commercial insurance with a focus on liability claims, including property and personal injury claims. Aside from sitting on the firm's Board and Innovation Committee, she is also Sparke Helmore's Diversity Committee Chair.

Carlie, who was also named as a finalist at the 2016 Awards, has broad experience in work, health and safety matters, and has been involved in many high profile coronial inquests and WorkCover prosecutions.

The Awards, which celebrate partners' outstanding contributions to their firms and clients, technical expertise, financial success, leadership and mentoring, will be held this year at The Westin Sydney on 28 April.

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 850 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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