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Hannah Alcaro
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 1479+61 2 9373 1479
o: Sydney
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Hannah is a property lawyer specialising in leasing matters, developments, and acquisitions and disposals.
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Stefanie Andrensek
Senior Associate
t: +61 7 3016 5068+61 7 3016 5068
o: Brisbane
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Stefanie is a maritime and shipping specialist who advises governments, shipowners, P&I clubs and specialty insurers on transport-related disputes. She has been recognised in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific as a Recommended Lawyer – Shipping.
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Richard Anicich, AM
Consultant
t: +61 2 4924 7224+61 2 4924 7224
m: +61 404 828 235+61 404 828 235
o: Newcastle
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Richard is a Consultant in the Corporate & Commercial team. He acts for corporate entities, public authorities, insolvency practitioners and other professional firms on the management and resolution of commercial disputes. Richard was acknowledged as a leading restructuring and insolvency lawyer in the 2017 Legal 500 Asia Pacific directory and recognised in AsiaLaw's 2015 guide. Australasian Lawyer also nominated Richard as a leading lawyer in 2014. On 26 January 2018, Richard was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for "significant services to the community of the Hunter, to business development and medical research, and to the law".
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Mya Anumarlapudi
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 6263 6360+61 2 6263 6360
o: Canberra
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Having previously worked in Federal Government, Mya is aware of the considerations that need to be taken into account when providing advice. She enjoys receiving out the ordinary queries which challenge her to apply her knowledge to unusual circumstances.
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Rani Aria Retnam
Partner
t: +61 8 9492 2266+61 8 9492 2266
m: +61 411 559 503+61 411 559 503
o: Perth
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Rani is an experienced insurance lawyer, specialising in workers' compensation, public liability, medical negligence, motor vehicle accident claims and professional indemnity.
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Lauren Armstrong
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 6263 6316+61 2 6263 6316
o: Canberra
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Lauren is a highly experienced government administrative lawyer with over seven years’ experience in the public sector performing in-house legal roles. Lauren brings valuable insights from working with clients experiencing significant legislative, environmental and operational changes.
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Matthew Armstrong
Senior Associate
t: +61 7 3001 9256+61 7 3001 9256
o: Brisbane
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Matthew is a property lawyer who specialises in property development as well as acquisitions and disposals. He has a keen interest and passion for the broader property industry and market, which allows him to provide his clients' with quality legal and commercial advice.
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Alice Bain
Special Counsel
t: +61 8 8415 9872+61 8 8415 9872
m: +61 408 295 085+61 408 295 085
o: Adelaide
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Alice specialises in providing commercial services to Government clients, including legal and probity advice on contracting and procurement. She also advises on administrative law issues, including access to information, judicial and merits review and statutory interpretation.
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Stephanie Barclay
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 3530+61 2 9373 3530
o: Sydney
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Stephanie is an experienced litigator who spends most of her time defending professional indemnity claims in the NSW Supreme Court and Court of Appeal. Stephanie's greatest legal achievement was a trip to the High Court for a hearing before the full bench. She also has experience in financial lines, D&O matters, class actions and other commercial matters.
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Laura Beattie
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9373 3590+61 2 9373 3590
o: Sydney
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Laura joined Sparke Helmore in May 2014 in our Sydney office and has been a workers’ compensation practitioner for more than 25 years. She has specialised in providing legal services to self and specialised insurers for the last nine years and has extensive knowledge and experience of the industry specific legislation and jurisdiction.
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Mark Beech
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2351+61 3 9291 2351
m: +61 402 904 786+61 402 904 786
o: Melbourne
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Mark works on litigious and regulatory matters in a range of jurisdictions across insurance, construction, coverage disputes health, allied health, other professionals and liability matters. Mark approaches each claim on its own terms and seeks the most efficient resolution. Where appropriate he uses his background in economics and statistics to provide added value for his clients.
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Ian Bennett
Partner
t: +61 8 9288 8007+61 8 9288 8007
m: +61 404 106 612+61 404 106 612
o: Perth
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Ian is an experienced workplace lawyer specialising in employee relations, work health and safety (WHS) and coronial inquests. He provides practical and pragmatic advice to help employers effectively manage complex legal issues arising in the workplace.
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Sharon Bennett
Chief Operating Officer
t: +61 2 9260 2550+61 2 9260 2550
m: +61 408 539 626+61 408 539 626
o: Sydney
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Sharon has more than 20 years’ experience in human resources and operations, primarily in professional services environments across Australia, Asia-Pacific and globally. Sharon’s experience includes all facets of HR, focusing on strategic and tactical solutions to address people and business needs.
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Anella Bortone
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2549+61 2 9260 2549
m: +61 409 160 181+61 409 160 181
o: Sydney
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Anella advises clients on Commonwealth statutory classes of insurance claims. The clients that she works with are covered under various Commonwealth schemes.
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Chanel Bou-Francis
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2758+61 2 9260 2758
o: Sydney
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Chanel is an experienced litigator, specialising in national liability disputes across the casualty, aviation and property space. Chanel is skilled in applying the law and providing tailored legal advice to clients to assist them in navigating and defending complex legal matters. Chanel adopts a strategic and pragmatic focus to litigation and is a skilled negotiator. In addition to legal expertise, Chanel prides herself in building strong, genuine connections with clients in order to provide personalised guidance and support in defence of their claims. Chanel’s passionate dedication to mentoring junior colleagues also showcases her commitment to helping others flourish and succeed in the legal profession. Chanel has previously been seconded to the claims team for one of the firm's largest insurer clients. During this secondment, Chanel provided complex and technical legal support in response to high profile building and construction disasters, gaining significant legal and commercial insights into the sector. She is often praised by Counsel for being astute, canvassing the relevant issues in a case and taking initiative in her approach to defence and preparation of a matter. Exemplifying a strong commitment to the insurance industry, Chanel is a member of various industry organisations such as Australian Insurance Law Association (AILA), Women in Insurance, Claims Discussion Group and the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand. It is through this total immersion in industry, that Chanel is able to deliver enhanced services and better claims outcomes to her clients. Chanel is a regular participant in Women in Insurance events and continues to captain the Sparke Helmore Touch of Colour Team (an industry gala day touch football and fundraising event to support children who have suffered from traumatic social and psychological experiences). Chanel’s dedication to access to justice has led her to build a strong pro bono practice, volunteering at various legal community groups and within her broader local community. Chanel has been recognised by her peers in Best Lawyers 2023 and 2024 on the Ones to Watch list in insurance law.
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Andrea Boyd-Boland
Consultant
t: +61 2 9373 1495+61 2 9373 1495
m: +61 404 009 900+61 404 009 900
o: Sydney
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Andrea predominantly advises on CTP and liability, and has conducted many major claims in these areas. She has extensive experience as a litigator, regularly appearing in the District and Supreme Courts and Tribunals. She also advises on alternative dispute resolution strategies designed to promote a fair resolution of matters at an early stage.
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Robyn Brewster
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 3546+61 2 9373 3546
m: +61 404 828 274+61 404 828 274
o: Sydney
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Robyn advises self-insured corporations on complex employee health issues arising from their workplace. She has defended claims involving former employees, contractors and employee's family members, and she regularly appears in tribunals.
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Alinta Briggs
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 3589+61 2 9373 3589
o: Sydney
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Alinta primarily focuses on property development projects and property finance transactions. She is known for her commercial acumen as well as being able to close deals quickly and within budget. She is an efficient negotiator with a pleasant demeanour, well-liked by clients and fellow professionals who find her easy to deal with.
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