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Laura Rush
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2767+61 2 9260 2767
m: +61 401 331 387+61 401 331 387
o: Sydney
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Laura manages and advises clients on a broad range of liability matters, particularly those involving complex liability and quantum issues, intentional torts, property damage and statutory classes of insurance. She has appeared in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW and is an experienced practitioner who is commercially minded and always strives to achieve the best results for her clients.
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Bethany Russell
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2235+61 3 9291 2235
m: +61 431 429 529+61 431 429 529
o: Melbourne
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Beth is an experienced insurance litigator who specialises in public liability and property damage claims. She manages a variety of matters, including major and complex claims, recovery actions, litigated proceedings and claims for a number of Australian and international insurers and self-insured clients. She also defends professional indemnity claims including actions against building professionals. Beth has experience across a number of jurisdictions, including in particular in Victoria, NSW and the ACT.
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Renée Sadler
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2731+61 2 9260 2731
m: +61 418 169 740+61 418 169 740
o: Sydney
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Renée is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law. She specialises in insurance litigation with a focus on CTP claims and fraud. Her expertise extends to indemnity disputes, dual insurance and recovery issues.
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Gabriella Sainsbury
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7692+61 2 4924 7692
o: Newcastle
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Gabriella is a strategic corporate lawyer who acts in a wide range of corporate and commercial matters, including acquisition and disposal of assets, mergers and acquisitions, supply, service and licencing arrangements, as well as general commercial contracts. She has strong corporate governance acumen, having undertaken in-house roles as General Counsel and Company Secretary. Gabriella also has broad experience in commercial litigation and property law.
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Mark Sainsbury
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5033+61 7 3016 5033
m: +61 408 687 770+61 408 687 770
o: Brisbane
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Mark is an experienced defendant insurance lawyer who has acted for insured and insurer clients for the duration of his career. Mark's experience spans defending both professional indemnity and public liability claims across a variety of industries, with particular focus on defending claims arising from within the legal, medical and aviation arenas.
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Leon Sakaris
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2642+61 2 9260 2642
m: +61 414 908 008+61 414 908 008
o: Sydney
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Leon is a senior property partner who primarily advises on major development projects where his skills in structuring joint ventures and negotiating finance facilities are highly valued by clients ranging from developers to government entities.
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Phillip Salem
National Managing Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1436+61 2 9373 1436
o: Sydney
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Phillip advises governments on high profile and complex projects spanning major procurement projects to Commissions of Inquiry and government asset sales. He is consistently ranked in the AFR’s Australian Best Lawyers list for Government.
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Roger Sands
Consultant
t: +61 8 9288 8012+61 8 9288 8012
m: +61 401 697 900+61 401 697 900
o: Perth
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Roger is a senior lawyer who has advised insurers for more than 25 years on all aspects of CTP and major claims. He also has expertise in liability and state statutory classes of insurance. He has extensive claims experience, and has successfully defended liability, indemnity and other actions across a range of industries.
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Chris Sargent
Consultant
t: +61 8 8415 9824+61 8 8415 9824
o: Adelaide
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Chris is an experienced insurance litigator who understands the employment law principles that are critical to finding solutions to the workforce issues that registered employers and self-insured companies face.
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Cheree Sawley
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7656+61 2 4924 7656
o: Newcastle
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Cheree's skills in litigation and alternative dispute resolution, combined with her previous experience in general commercial matters, allow her to assist clients to achieve settlement where possible and to forcefully pursue her clients' interests through litigation where necessary. Cheree is passionate about engaging with her clients and understanding their businesses and what they want for the future so she can help them achieve their goals.
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Emma Schulz
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 9288 8077+61 8 9288 8077
m: +61438313798+61438313798
o: Darwin
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Emma specialises in defendant workers’ compensation in the Northern Territory. Throughout her career, she has acted on behalf of many of Australia’s largest insurers as well as the government.
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Avalon Scott
Communications Manager
t: +61 8 8415 9890+61 8 8415 9890
o: Adelaide
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Avalon joined Sparke Helmore in June 2016 when she repatriated to Australia after spending six years working abroad in London and Tokyo. She specialises in public relations and employee engagement.
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Melissa Scriva
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2659+61 2 9260 2659
o: Sydney
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Melissa advises clients on Commonwealth workers' compensation claims and specialises in administrative law, immigration law, statutory compensation law and litigation.
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Matthew Seisun
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2699+61 2 9260 2699
o: Sydney
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Matthew's insurance practice includes personal injury, compulsory third party (CTP), property damage, product liability, marine and business interruption claims. He specialises in major and catastrophic personal injury matters, and has a particular interest in brain injuries, spinal injuries and complex psychiatric conditions. Matthew is an appointed member of the NSW Health Professional Council Authority and is listed in the 2017 Doyle's Guide as a Leading lawyer for Public and Products Liability, and a Recommended lawyer for CTP.
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Kristy Shardlow
Communications Manager - Engagement
t: +61 2 9373 3506+61 2 9373 3506
o: Sydney
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Kristy has worked in communications and publishing for more than 10 years. She specialises in corporate and internal communications.
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Naomi Simmons
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 4924 7325+61 2 4924 7325
m: +61 410 415 416+61 410 415 416
o: Newcastle
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Naomi is an Accredited Specialist in Local Government and Planning Law and also practises environment law. Naomi’s focus includes Land and Environment Court litigation, drafting and negotiating planning agreements and advising on planning and environment legislation in NSW.
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Samantha Smith
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7343+61 2 4924 7343
o: Newcastle
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Samantha specialises in negotiating and advising on construction and infrastructure projects in the commercial, retail, large scale infrastructure and retirement living/aged care sectors.
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Helen Stavridis
Consultant
t: +61 8 8415 9804+61 8 8415 9804
m: +61 432 102 084+61 432 102 084
o: Adelaide
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Helen is an experienced general liability insurance lawyer with a strong background in professional indemnity. She was recognised by Australian Financial Review Best Lawyers as one of Australia's leading insurance lawyers in 2014 and in the area of Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2010-2014.
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