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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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Julian McGrath
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2527+61 2 9260 2527
m: +61 412 676 473+61 412 676 473
o: Sydney
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Julian, who is named on the Best Lawyers in Australia list, has more than 26 years' experience in insurance law and expertise in casualty, liability, construction risk and products liability. Julian is also recommended as a Leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer in NSW in the 2017 Doyle's Guide.
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Patrick McGrath
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2369+61 3 9291 2369
m: +61 411 756 511+61 411 756 511
o: Melbourne
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Patrick is a highly experienced insurance lawyer and litigator who helps insurers, underwriters and insureds to resolve claims across a broad range of products. His clients rate his combination of construction, engineering and financial services knowledge, practical legal solutions and commercial acumen. For the last three years Patrick has been included in the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers list in the Insurance category.
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Alan McKelvey
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7309+61 2 4924 7309
m: +61 410 459 853+61 410 459 853
o: Newcastle
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Alan specialises in NSW planning, environment and mining law and has extensive litigation experience, particularly in the NSW Land and Environment Court.
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Emily McKeowen
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2404+61 2 9260 2404
m: +61 425 316 554+61 425 316 554
o: Sydney
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Emily is an insurance litigator with experience across several lines of insurance, including general liability, property damage, motor vehicle and workers' compensation.
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Daria McLachlan
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9876+61 8 8415 9876
m: +61 427 817 081+61 427 817 081
o: Adelaide
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Daria is an employment and work health and safety (WHS) lawyer. In her seven years of practice, she has achieved significant outcomes for clients in state and federal jurisdictions including defending unfair dismissals, assisting clients facing safety prosecutions and settling discrimination claims negating the need for trial.
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Yvette McLaughlin
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5072+61 7 3016 5072
m: +61 410 280 219+61 410 280 219
o: Brisbane
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Yvette is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law with more than 17 years' experience in the insurance industry. She has practised predominantly in defending statutory classes, common law and general insurance claims since 1996. She also regularly advises on liability issues.
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Elisa McLennan
Consultant
t: +61 8 9492 2227+61 8 9492 2227
o: Perth
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Elisa is an insurance law practitioner and litigator, with experience across several lines of insurance, including workers' compensation, general and product liability, and property.
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Larissa Mepstead
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1428+61 2 9373 1428
m: +61 404 514 381+61 404 514 381
o: Sydney
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Larissa is an experienced insurance litigator with international experience. She assists insurers to resolve CTP and major claims, often involving fraud issues, complex liability and multiple parties. Larissa has run matters through the District and Supreme Courts and the Court of Appeal, as well as having substantial experience resolving claims at mediation.
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Belinda Michalk
Partner
t: +61 8 9288 8007+61 8 9288 8007
m: +61 420 971 677+61 420 971 677
o: Perth
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Belinda has extensive litigation experience and advises defendants and respondents on general liability matters that range from nuisance claims and intentional tort claims to general negligence claims.
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Kristina Miller
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2688+61 2 9260 2688
m: +61 418 415 574+61 418 415 574
o: Sydney
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Kristina is the National Service Line Leader for the Commonwealth Statutory Classes team. She is one of the most experienced lawyers in this jurisdiction and is a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Commonwealth Compensation and Employment Law Committee.
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Gerard Milne
National Executive Officer
t: +61 2 9260 2620+61 2 9260 2620
m: +61 488 757 053+61 488 757 053
o: Sydney
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Gerard is the firm's National Executive Officer and a member of the Executive Committee. His legal career spans more than 20 years and has taken him to various firms in four different countries. He has a deep understanding of firm operations through his experience as Chief Operating Officer for Allen & Gledhill and Walkers Global.
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James Minchinton
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5001+61 7 3016 5001
m: +61 420 907 478+61 420 907 478
o: Brisbane
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James practises in energy and resources law, with a focus on project development from inception to exploration and production operations. He also regularly advises on the acquisition and sale of resource companies and projects. James is included in the Best Lawyers list, which is published by the Australian Financial Review.
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Jenny Mitchell
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7211+61 2 4924 7211
m: +61 404 828 206+61 404 828 206
o: Newcastle
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Jenny has advised insurers and employers on statutory classes of insurance matters since 1988. She advises clients on all aspects of strategic claims management, liability and dispute resolution.
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Sharon Molenaar
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2464+61 2 9260 2464
m: +61 406 428 851+61 406 428 851
o: Sydney
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Sharon is an insurance law specialist. She advises and represents specialised and self-insurers, as well as their clients, on workers compensation matters. 
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Rebecca Monahan
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 1453+61 2 9373 1453
o: Sydney
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Rebecca advises self-insured, specialised insurers, WorkCover scheme agents and the NSW Government on claims under the state statutory classes of insurance, including matters involving multiple parties, issues of liability, CTP claims and recovery.
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Catie Moore
Partner
t: +61 3 9291 2389+61 3 9291 2389
m: +61 400 214 707+61 400 214 707
o: Melbourne
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Catie has 20 years' experience advising the transport, energy and infrastructure sectors on corporate matters, and has worked at a number of top tier firms.
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Ellie Moran
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9811+61 8 8415 9811
o: Adelaide
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Ellie advises on state workers' compensation, Commonwealth compensation and social security matters. She manages matters from their inception to contested hearings in the South Australian Employment Tribunal and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
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Deborah Morris
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2433+61 2 9260 2433
m: +61 404 828 242+61 404 828 242
o: Sydney
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Deborah has been fascinated by financial liability insurance products since she joined LawCover in 1996. After working in-house, Deborah now acts for professional indemnity and directors' and officers' (D&O) insurers in coverage and monitoring roles and as defence counsel when indemnity is not in issue.
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