Garry has extensive experience advising on and acting for insurers and insureds in a range of insurance-related matters, with a particular focus on workers' compensation, employers' indemnity and personal injury claims. He was listed as preeminent workers' compensation lawyer in the 2016 Doyle's Guide.
What he does
Garry's focus is on state workers' compensation and employers' indemnity claims. He advises on the management of litigated and unlitigated claims as well as on strategies for resolution, contribution and recovery. In addition to formal and informal settlement conferences, Garry has appeared as counsel in courts and tribunals at all levels, including the Arbitration Service of WorkCover Western Australia (WA), the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the District Court of WA and the Supreme Court of WA. He has a particular interest in appellate work and has successfully appeared on numerous occasions in the Court of Appeal and High Court.
Garry's broader expertise extends to motor vehicle and CTP, public liability, professional indemnity and product liability claims. He also provides advice on legal costs and regularly attends taxation of costs in the District Court for personal injury matters.
Who he works with
Garry advises and acts for international and national insurers as well as insureds.
What his clients say
Listed: Best Lawyers in Australia (Insurance Law) - 2019
Listed: Preeminent Leading Workers Compensation Lawyer (Defendant) WA - Doyle's Guide 2017
Garry has a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia. He is a member of the Australian Insurance Law Association and Law Society of Western Australia.
Life before Sparkes
Garry was previously a partner at Jarman McKenna before the Perth-based boutique insurance law firm merged with Sparke Helmore in March 2017. Before this he worked in the insurance teams of (then) Malleson Stephen Jaques and Jackson McDonald.
Life outside of Sparkes
Garry is passionate about the community and is actively involved in many local government and LGBTIQ groups.
When Garry should be at the gym, you're more likely to find him at the theatre or cinema, enjoying a meal with family and friends or playing with his dogs.