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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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Jenna Cotterill
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 6542 4020+61 2 6542 4020
o: Newcastle
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Jenna is a mining and resources lawyer who works between our Newcastle and Muswellbrook offices, in the heart of the Hunter Valley coalfields. She advises clients on mining, planning, environment, property, water and commercial law.
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Alex Cudbertson
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7230+61 2 4924 7230
o: Newcastle
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Alex is a property lawyer with a primary focus on property development and work in the mining and resources and agribusiness sectors.
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Sam Cummings
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9880+61 8 8415 9880
o: Adelaide
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Sam represents Commonwealth Government departments and agencies in merits review and judicial review proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Federal Circuit Court, the Federal Court, and the High Court. Sam is also a reporter for the Federal Court Reports, the Federal Law Reports, and the Family Law Reports.
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Adam Cunynghame
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2357+61 3 9291 2357
o: Melbourne
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Adam specialises in administrative law and has in-house government experience. He regularly appears as a solicitor advocate in the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court in judicial review proceedings and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal in merits review proceedings.
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Ariel Curtis
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7252+61 2 4924 7252
m: +61 433 072 232+61 433 072 232
o: Newcastle
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Ariel is an employment lawyer with experience advising small and large organisations on a vast range of industrial matters including award coverage, underpayment disputes and contractual issues. Ariel’s work has exposed her to a range of industries including the banking, insurance, not-for-profit and health services industries.
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Aimee Dash
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 9288 8003+61 8 9288 8003
m: +61 473 738 084+61 473 738 084
o: Perth
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Aimee is an experienced litigator who is dedicated to achieving exceptional results for her clients and their insureds.
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Gillian Davidson
Partner
t: +61 2 9373 3535+61 2 9373 3535
m: +61 404 828 264+61 404 828 264
o: Sydney
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Gillian specialises in general commercial insurance with a deep expertise in liability claims, including property and personal injury claims. Asia Pacific Legal 500 noted that Gillian was considered "a great lawyer, very strong technically but balanced always by a strong commercial approach". Gillian is a member of Sparke Helmore's Board.
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Wyn Davies
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2779+61 2 9260 2779
o: Sydney
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Wyn is an IP litigator with extensive alternative dispute resolution experience in commercial disputes before both state and Commonwealth jurisdictions.
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Andrew Davis
Head of Internal Legal and Risk
t: +61 2 9260 2504+61 2 9260 2504
m: +61 413 609 853+61 413 609 853
o: Sydney
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Andrew is a senior legal practitioner, Notary Public and risk management and compliance expert. His experience includes management roles with Australian and global law firms, focusing on risk and compliance across Australian and Asia Pacific offices.
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Eresha De Zoysa Siriwardena
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2835+61 2 9260 2835
m: +61 414 754 349+61 414 754 349
o: Sydney
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Eresha is a corporate and commercial lawyer with almost 15 years of local and international experience, with particular expertise in private and public mergers and acquisitions and capital raisings. More recently, she has completed a secondment as the General Counsel of a large multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company.
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Dan Decleva
Special Counsel
t: +61 3 9291 2379+61 3 9291 2379
m: +61 438 548 864+61 438 548 864
o: Melbourne
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Dan has spent his career advising clients on how to defend claims in the statutory classes, particularly under Victorian law.
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Anita Diakou
Senior Associate
t: +61 8 8415 9834+61 8 8415 9834
o: Adelaide
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Anita has had a variety of roles in the workers' compensation field since 2008, including being a case manager for an insurer and working at the Crown Solicitor's Office where she advised government entities on workers' compensation matters. This broad industry experience helps her understand insurers' needs and the way they like to work.
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Mark Doepel
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2445+61 2 9260 2445
m: +61 402 000 920+61 402 000 920
o: Sydney
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Mark specialises in professional indemnity and directors' and officers' claims and has been involved in some of Australia's most notable PI and D&O claims. He also has an interest in clinical negligence claims, reinsurance disputes and cyber issues. Mark is the current chairman and a director of Lloyd's Australia Limited.
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Suzy Dole
Special Counsel
t: +61 7 3016 5111+61 7 3016 5111
m: +61 427 389 027+61 427 389 027
o: Brisbane
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Suzy works primarily in the statutory classes of insurance and administrative law area. She advises on the management and resolution of complex claims, and appears in merits review matters. She is also a nationally accredited mediator and is skilled in alternative dispute resolution.
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Mia Donald
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2463+61 2 9260 2463
o: Sydney
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Mia is an experienced administrative lawyer with international migration law experience.
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Chris Drury
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2610+61 2 9260 2610
m: +61 412 868 126+61 412 868 126
o: Sydney
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Chris has more than 30 years’ experience in local government, town planning and environmental law. He is an Accredited Specialist in Local Government & Planning Law and in 2013 he appeared in the Best Lawyers in Australia list.
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