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Sparkes keeps growing with 25 mid-year promotions
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.
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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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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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Shannon Steed
Senior Associate
t: +61 7 3016 5010+61 7 3016 5010
m: +61 400 841 979+61 400 841 979
o: Brisbane
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Shannon has more than 10 years' experience, predominantly in the insurance industry, working with defendants and large self-insurers.
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Penny Stevens
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2315+61 3 9291 2315
m: +61 427 236 946+61 427 236 946
o: Melbourne
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Penny is widely acknowledged as an industry-leading work health and safety lawyer and is listed in Best Lawyers in Australia (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012) for OHS law and was its "Lawyer of the Year – Occupational Health and Safety – Melbourne" in 2013 and 2012.
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Lucille Stewart
Senior Associate
o: Adelaide
Lucille is involved in a wide range of insurance and risk-related matters. She is a strong litigator and natural negotiator, representing clients in multiple jurisdictions including the Supreme and District Courts of South Australia. Lucille is a member of the Law Society of South Australia and was previously a committee member of the South Australian chapter of the Australian Insurance Law Association.
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Merryn Stewart
Head of Marketing and Communications
t: +61 2 9260 2591+61 2 9260 2591
o: Sydney
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Merryn has worked for many years across brand, marketing and communications. She spent 18 years based in London working for various legal and accounting firms, before returning to Australia in 2008 to continue her career in professional services.
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Valentina Stojanovska
Consultant
m: 61 430 409 60061 430 409 600
o: Sydney
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Valentina has more than 17 years' experience as a corporate, commercial and tax lawyer, and is admitted as a solicitor and barrister in Australia and New Zealand. She primarily advises multinational corporate entities on a range of corporate and commercial matters, structures, transactions, mergers and acquisitions, litigation and intellectual property matters, and on taxation law (Chartered Tax Advisor).
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Sonja Swansborough
Director Know-How
t: +61 2 9373 1438+61 2 9373 1438
m: +61 447 812 572+61 447 812 572
o: Sydney
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Sonja has over 18 years' experience in knowledge and information management—primarily in the legal industry. She specialises in knowledge management (KM) frameworks and programs, as well as the technologies and processes for managing intranets, websites and knowledge tools.
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Myrna Taouil
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2826+61 2 9260 2826
o: Sydney
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Myrna is an intellectual property litigation lawyer with a focus on intellectual property advice and prosecution. As a career-long litigator, she has vast experience advising clients on brand protection and strategy.
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