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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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Alice Chen
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2608+61 2 9260 2608
m: +61 410 520 188+61 410 520 188
o: Sydney
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​Alice joined the Projects & Government Commercial team as a partner in April 2024. Alice specialises in construction contracts and procurement with a government focused client base. Alice loves what she does and thrives on making her client’s life easier by providing seamless advice and support. Her practical approach is bolstered by her expertise in construction and contracts as well as statutory policies and frameworks. Alice is an excellent public speaker and regularly conducts training and presentations for clients.
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Gemma Chew
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2553+61 2 9260 2553
o: Sydney
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Gemma specialises in personal injury insurance litigation. Her experience extends to CTP, public liability and medical negligence claims in litigated and non-litigated matters. She has appeared in the Local, District and Supreme Courts of NSW as well as in the Claims Assessment Resolution Service. Gemma also participates in our pro bono and community initiatives.
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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.
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Marie Constantine
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2306+61 3 9291 2306
o: Melbourne
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Marie is a senior commercial lawyer with extensive experience advising government agencies on procurement processes, contracting, negotiations, probity and governance, as well as experience in compliance, risk management, statutory interpretation and policy advice. In addition, Marie has had deep involvement in conducting major and complex litigation across various jurisdictions, including Tribunal and Supreme Court matters, and Royal Commissions.
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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
Special Counsel
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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Jonathan Crass
Senior Associate
t: +61 3 9291 2219+61 3 9291 2219
o: Melbourne
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Jon is a privacy law specialist who provides specialist privacy advice to Government and Commercial clients. He also advises on administrative law issues including merits and judicial review, statutory interpretation and secrecy provisions. Jon was recognised as a 2022 Rising Star by Australasian Lawyer.
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Adam Cunynghame
Special Counsel
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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Mahsa Curci
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2655+61 2 9260 2655
o: Sydney
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Mahsa is an experienced lawyer who specialises in commercial insurance. She advises clients on a range of issues and regularly represents them in litigated proceedings in the District Court, Supreme Court and the Federal Court of Australia. She also has a background of working in commercial litigation and family law.
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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
Special Counsel
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 deep expertise in liability claims. As a senior partner, Gillian leads Sparke Helmore’s national liability team of over 50 lawyers. Regularly acknowledged in legal directories, Gillian was most recently recognised in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific edition 2022, where she was valued as "extremely experienced and [someone who] always gets to the crux of the matter". Gillian is passionate about the contribution that policies related to Diversity and Inclusion make to the wellbeing of employees and clients. She is the Chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. Her commitment to the promotion and development of women is well known. She is the founding partner of the firms Six Degrees Network, which provides leadership, mentoring and networking opportunities highlighting the inclusion of women. She has also been a member of the firm’s Board. Gillian is the current Chair of Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC). GILC is a diverse global network of boutique law firms with insurance expertise. Each member firm is embedded into its own insurance market and has deep local knowledge, aimed at helping clients with complex cross-border legal challenges. Each of the member firms has a real passion for the industry; the network consists of 21 firms in 23 countries spread across five continents, and the footprint touches every area of insurance law.
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Andrew Davis
Head of Internal Legal & 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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Emily Davis
Senior Associate
t: +61 7 3016 5095+61 7 3016 5095
o: Brisbane
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Emily joined the Corporate & Commercial team as a Senior Associate in July 2023. Emily is an experienced commercial litigator specialising in general commercial and contract disputes and estate litigation. She is based in Brisbane. 
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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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