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Vanessa Finlayson
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9260 2727+61 2 9260 2727
o: Sydney
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Vanessa is a passionate and experienced insurance litigator, with more than 10 years’ experience in CTP. She is deeply familiar with the Medical Assessment Service (MAS), as advocate before the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) and Court. She approaches litigation from a commercial perspective, without losing sight of the effect a motor accident can have on an injured person.
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Samantha Galeano
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2616+61 2 9260 2616
o: Sydney
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Samantha is a property lawyer specialising in developments, acquisitions, disposals, property finance and leasing.
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Sheldon Garcia
Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2813+61 2 9260 2813
o: Sydney
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Sheldon joined the Projects & Government Commercial team as a partner in April 2024. Sheldon has been a litigator for 20 years and is known for his fact driven approach and high technical skillset. His many years of experience working with local and state government and large multi-national organisations across infrastructure, manufacturing, commercial and residential projects means that he understands the technical and commercial aspects of construction work and ‘speaks the same language’ as his clients.
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Ben Gottlieb
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9260 2672+61 2 9260 2672
o: Sydney
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Ben is a specialist in the areas of employment and safety. Ben’s work in these areas sees him involved in a broad range of matters , including employment and industrial disputes, enterprise agreement negotiations, safety incidents and prosecutions, workplace investigations, and building defect disputes.
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Katie Gould
Senior Associate
t: +61 7 3001 9267+61 7 3001 9267
o: Brisbane
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Katie is a skilled property lawyer who has more than 15 years’ experience in property. Clients feel well-supported when working with Katie because of her attention to detail and positive attitude.
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Dianna Grant
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 4924 7627+61 2 4924 7627
m: +61 419 247 789+61 419 247 789
o: Newcastle
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Dianna has more than 15 years' experience advising on the complex and constantly evolving development approval process in NSW. She assists local government clients with understanding their statutory duties, powers and immunities under planning and local government legislation. She also advises on a range of related environmental legislation, including the Protection of Environment Operations Act 1997, as well as on criminal prosecutions and investigations.
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Emma Gruschka
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7281+61 2 4924 7281
m: +61 404 072 163+61 404 072 163
o: Newcastle
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Emma is an experienced workplace lawyer who advises on employment and work health and safety (WHS) issues for clients in diverse sectors, including mining, transport, financial services, insurance, health care and government.
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Greg Guest
Partner
t: +61 2 4924 7674+61 2 4924 7674
m: +61 404 828 215+61 404 828 215
o: Newcastle
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Greg is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury law and has more than 25 years' experience in advising insurers and employers on state statutory classes of insurance matters and defending claims. Greg is recognised as a Leading Workers Compensation Lawyer (Defendant) in Doyle's Guide 2021, and for Insurance Law in Best Lawyers 2023.
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David Gunter
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 4924 7231+61 2 4924 7231
o: Newcastle
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David is a planning, environment and local government lawyer with a particular focus on litigation in the Land and Environment Court in the Court’s Class 1 (development appeals), Class 3 (compulsory acquisition of land), Class 4 (judicial review and civil enforcement) and Class 5 (criminal) jurisdiction and advising local governments about its statutory functions, powers and responsibilities.
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Rosemary Hamer
Special Counsel
t: +61 3 9291 2323+61 3 9291 2323
o: Melbourne
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Rosemary is an experienced litigation lawyer who specialises in insurance law, with particular expertise in general and public liability.
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Roland Hassall
Chair and Partner
t: +61 2 9260 2449+61 2 9260 2449
m: +61 404 828 222+61 404 828 222
o: Sydney
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Roland is a senior employment lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience guiding and assisting executives and managers, across diverse industry sectors, manage and resolve employment issues ranging from the highly complex to the commonplace.
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Matthew Hawker
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5085+61 7 3016 5085
m: +61 413 135 550+61 413 135 550
o: Brisbane
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As a highly regarded specialist lawyer who practises exclusively in administrative law litigation and Commonwealth compensation claims, Matthew leads Sparke Helmore’s national Government Administrative Law service line. Bringing extensive experience, Matthew advises on and represents Commonwealth agencies, licensees and insurers in merits review and judicial review matters. Matthew has also undertaken multiple Agency secondments throughout his career. His specialised technical knowledge is coupled with a thorough and highly effective approach, enabling Matthew and his team to deliver robust strategic solutions and strong litigation outcomes for clients. Matthew was listed as a Leading Administrative and Public Lawyer in Doyle’s Guide 2021.
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Izzy Hazell
Senior Associate
t: +61 2 9373 3575+61 2 9373 3575
o: Newcastle
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Izzy is a lawyer in the firm’s Pro Bono Practice with extensive experience advising Not-for-Profit organisations, social enterprises and registered charities on various corporate governance matters. Izzy develops long-term relationships, working with clients from the grass roots phase onwards and supports her clients through their journey to becoming highly functioning organisations, able to carry out their charitable purposes in the most effective ways possible.
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Leith Helsdon
Special Counsel
t: +61 7 3016 5040+61 7 3016 5040
o: Brisbane
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Leith is an advocate and litigator, specialising in administrative law.
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Tom Hillyard
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 9373 1478+61 2 9373 1478
o: Sydney
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Tom is a litigator, specialising in administrative law. He regularly advises and appears for government departments and agencies in dispute resolution involving reviews of government decisions.
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Laura Hinwood
Special Counsel
t: +61 2 6263 6354+61 2 6263 6354
m: +61 410 757 079+61 410 757 079
o: Canberra
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Laura focuses on Commonwealth statutory classes of insurance and administrative law. She advises clients on a range of issues and regularly represents clients in litigated proceedings before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court of Australia.
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Lee Hodge
IT Director
t: +61 2 9260 2523+61 2 9260 2523
m: +61 404 072 161+61 404 072 161
o: Sydney
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Lee’s background in Support and Project Management together with more than 20 years’ experience in IT has made her passionate about delivering high quality service and advice to our clients (internally and externally) as well as enabling them to access innovative solutions to do the same.
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Kiley Hodges
Partner
t: +61 7 3016 5007+61 7 3016 5007
m: +61 400 860 865+61 400 860 865
o: Brisbane
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Kiley is a specialist insurance and construction lawyer with 20 years’ experience resolving disputes on behalf of local and UK-based insurers and private companies as well as front-end contract negotiation.
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