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Rossana Parmegiani
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2531+61 2 9260 2531
m: +61 404 828 223+61 404 828 223
o: Sydney
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Rossana regularly advises and represents the public and private sector on work health and safety (WHS) issues, compliance and WorkCover prosecutions. Having worked as the principal lawyer in the prosecutions branch of WorkCover NSW, Rossana understands what this regulator is striving to achieve and how to engage with it.
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Belinda Pegolo
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9373 1468+61 2 9373 1468
m: +61 451 474 584+61 451 474 584
o: Sydney
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Belinda has more than 10 years’ experience in commercial dispute resolution, including construction disputes. She is quick to identify risks and opportunities and seeks the best outcomes for her clients by considering both legal arguments and commercial realities.
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Jessica Phillips
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7614+61 2 4924 7614
o: Newcastle
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Jess is an employment and industrial relations lawyer with a particular focus on providing plain language advice to clients and working with them to find practical and commercial solutions to workplace issues.
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Shannon Platt
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1465+61 2 9373 1465
o: Sydney
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Shannon is the National Service Line Leader of the Intellectual Property & Technology Team. She has more than 20 years' experience representing clients in patent, trade mark, copyright and design disputes in the Federal Court and litigation arising from misleading and deceptive conduct and protecting trade secrets. Shannon was the 2017 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards winner and named Intellectual Property Partner of the Year at the 2016 Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards. She was a finalist for the same award again in 2017. Shannon was awarded NSW Patent Litigator of the Year at the 2016 Intellectual Property Awards hosted by Acquisition International and was also recognised as an IP Leading Lawyer by AsiaLaw in 2015 and 2014. In 2015 our IP team was nominated by Lawyers Weekly as "Best IP Team".
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Scott Puxty
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7322+61 2 4924 7322
m: +61 414 291 084+61 414 291 084
o: Newcastle
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Scott joined the Corporate & Commercial team as a partner in October 2023. Scott has been admitted to practice for over 30 years and is a specialist corporate and commercial lawyer, having worked in senior roles at a number of firms throughout new South Wales. He is based in Newcastle.
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Darren Rankine
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7239+61 2 4924 7239
m: +61 414 271 697+61 414 271 697
o: Newcastle
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Darren specialises in advising on, documenting and negotiating construction and infrastructure projects in the commercial, university, mining, maritime, water industry, retail and residential sectors.
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Bernadette Rayment
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 1480+61 2 9373 1480
m: +61 403 501 079+61 403 501 079
o: Sydney
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Bernadette is a highly experienced and respected Commonwealth administrative law advocate who has represented Commonwealth agencies in thousands of merits review, judicial review and statutory interpretation matters for more than three decades.
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Anthony Reilly
Consultant
t: +61 2 6263 6304+61 2 6263 6304
m: +61 417 068 670+61 417 068 670
o: Canberra
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Sarah Richards
Special Counsel
t: +61 8 9288 8057+61 8 9288 8057
m: +61 447 762 576+61 447 762 576
o: Perth
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Sarah is an experienced litigator and insurance lawyer. She advises insurers, corporations and professionals on a broad range of commercial disputes, with a particular focus on professional indemnity (PI) and directors' & officers' (D&O) matters.
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Chris Rimmer
Partner
t: +61 8 9492 2288+61 8 9492 2288
m: +61 412 365 825+61 412 365 825
o: Perth
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Chris is an experienced insurance law practitioner with expertise in public and product liability, professional indemnity, workers' compensation and motor vehicle personal injury claims.
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Carly Roberts
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 4924 7263+61 2 4924 7263
m: +61 401 785 540+61 401 785 540
o: Newcastle
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Carly is a construction lawyer with experience acting for principals, contractors and subcontractors in contentious and non-contentious matters. She is commercially driven and committed to achieving the best results for her clients.
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Marianne Robinson
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2755+61 2 9260 2755
m: +61 412 100 884+61 412 100 884
o: Sydney
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Marianne is one of Australia's leading advisors to mutual companies. She has advised this sector for more than 16 years and has been involved with the creation and regulation of many mutual companies.
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Laura Rush
Partner
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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Renée Sadler
Partner
t: 61 2 9260 273161 2 9260 2731
m: 61 418 169 74061 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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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
State & Territory Government Leader
t: +61 2 9373 1436+61 2 9373 1436
o: Sydney
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Phillip has been with Sparke Helmore for over 20 years.  He served as the firm's National Managing Partner from 2016 until March 2022, leading the implementation of the firm’s strategy with the vision of being a world-class independent Australian law firm that clients value for its people and performance.  Phillip also served as the firm’s Chair from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of the firm’s Board from 2014.
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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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