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More than 30 people who left Sparke Helmore for other opportunities and experiences returned to us last year. We think that's pretty special.
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Gemma Burke
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 6263 6307+61 2 6263 6307
m: +61 403 447 343+61 403 447 343
o: Canberra
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Gemma has worked in insurance litigation for more than 13 years and has experience defending statutory classes of insurance claims in the ACT, NSW and Victoria.
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Carl Burraston
Consultant
t: +61 2 9373 1425+61 2 9373 1425
o: Sydney
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Carl's experience, both in-house and in private practice, gives him a clear, client-centred focus. His broad CTP knowledge spans government and privately-funded schemes.
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Malcolm Cameron
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1485+61 2 9373 1485
m: +61 417 240 076+61 417 240 076
o: Sydney
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Malcolm has particular experience in class actions, supplemented by specialist expertise in insurance, including providing coverage advice to insurers as well as acting to defend their insureds. He has an outstanding track record of achieving positive outcomes for clients by resolving their disputes in a timely and cost-effective fashion without litigation where possible, and by litigating to successful conclusions where necessary. His clients expect and receive proactive and early advice which focuses on setting a clear resolution strategy. His ability to get to the heart of a matter—regardless of complexity—quickly and efficiently, is one of his key strengths.
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Gina Carosi
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2385+61 3 9291 2385
o: Melbourne
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Gina's career spans more than 15 years in the areas of work health and safety and criminal law. Her clients also benefit from her insights gained from her experience as a senior lawyer with Worksafe Victoria, the state's work health and safety regulator.
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Lani Carter
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9873+61 8 8415 9873
o: Adelaide
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Lani is an experienced litigator, specialising in insurance law. She appears and instructs counsel in contentious matters across all jurisdictions from the Magistrate's Court to the Supreme and Federal Courts. Lani is also a member of the Committee of the Australian Insurance Law (AILA) SA Chapter.
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Theo Casimatis
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2625+61 2 9260 2625
m: +61 414 908 141+61 414 908 141
o: Sydney
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Theo is a senior property partner with more than 30 years’ experience advising property industry participants on major property acquisitions, divestments, developments, structured purchases and joint ventures.
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Tim Castle
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 3576+61 2 9373 3576
m: +61 410 539 687+61 410 539 687
o: Sydney
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Tim specialises in insolvency and commercial litigation and dispute resolution. He has more than 15 years' experience and has been recognised for his work in restructuring in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2012 directory, and acknowledged as a leading litigation lawyer in AFR's Best Lawyers in Australia 2014 and as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in AsiaLaw Leading Lawyers 2015.
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Bill Chapman
Consultant
t: +61 2 9260 2587+61 2 9260 2587
m: +61 412 868 211+61 412 868 211
o: Sydney
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Bill is a highly experienced and credentialed finance lawyer with more than 30 years’ experience advising domestic and offshore banks and financial institutions. His experience covers all forms of financing from syndicated secured and unsecured lending, bilateral and club loans as well as asset financing. Bill has been involved in a number of major project financings, including PPPs. He also has a well established reputation in the surety bonding/performance guarantee space. Since the introduction of the Offset Regime under the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (Cth) in 2008, Bill has become one of Australia’s leading film finance lawyers. He represented the U.S. based banks providing funding for the award-winning Hacksaw Ridge and Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner to name just two of the productions he has been involved with.
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Brendan Charles
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2352+61 3 9291 2352
m: +61 408 021 744+61 408 021 744
o: Melbourne
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Brendan is an experienced employment and workplace relations lawyer who assists public and private sector clients across a range of industry sectors.
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Peter Charteris
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2556+61 2 9260 2556
m: +61 412 368 176+61 412 368 176
o: Sydney
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Peter is a highly respected and experienced legal advisor, specialising in complex income tax, stamp duty and superannuation law. He is known for his keen intellect and attention to detail, coupled with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
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Rui Chen
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2696+61 2 9260 2696
o: Sydney
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Rui is an insurance lawyer who specialises in advising on property, energy and construction matters.
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Richard Chew
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2537+61 2 9260 2537
m: +61 448 403 120+61 448 403 120
o: Sydney
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Richard is an experienced intellectual property and technology lawyer that focuses on commercial transactions and technology, telecommunications and outsourcing matters in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.
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Nick Christiansen
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2443+61 2 9260 2443
m: +61 404 820 086+61 404 820 086
o: Sydney
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Nick is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in complex commercial disputes, including class actions, competition and consumer law claims and regulatory actions, and corporations law proceedings. His competition and consumer law practice has a particular focus on franchising law and regulation, restrictive trade practices and anti-competitive conduct, the trade conduct protections, advertising and marketing, and consumer guarantees. He also acts in corporate and personal insolvency litigation and advises corporate clients in non-contentious insolvency and restructuring matters.
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Joanne Clarke
Special Counsel
t: +61 8 9492 2284+61 8 9492 2284
o: Perth
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Joanne mainly acts for insurers in motor vehicle and treatment liability claims. She also handles asbestos claims, public liability, general liability and workers' compensation claims. She has experience practising in the United Kingdom as well as in Western Australia.
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James Clohesy
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2790+61 2 9260 2790
m: +61 408 972 895+61 408 972 895
o: Sydney
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James is a litigator with experience advising insurers, government agencies and insured clients on indemnity disputes as well as broad-based litigation, including general liability, professional indemnity and intentional tort claims.
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David Cooper
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 3511+61 2 9373 3511
o: Sydney
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David is a highly experienced insurance lawyer who has worked almost exclusively in the area of state statutory classes of insurance since 1996. David has been an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 2004.
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John Coorey
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2461+61 2 9260 2461
m: +61 418 406 743+61 418 406 743
o: Sydney
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John is a senior partner in our Insurance Group. He runs a full-time practice that focuses on professional indemnity, directors' and officers' (D&O) liability, commercial litigation and aviation litigation.
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Ben Coppin
Special Counsel
t: +61 8 9492 2226+61 8 9492 2226
m: +61 419 046 765+61 419 046 765
o: Perth
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Ben is an experienced insurance and commercial litigator who specialises in public liability and commercial insurance.
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