Luke is one of South Australia's leading workplace lawyers. He advises a range of employers on employment and work health and safety (WHS) issues and is known for his practical and balanced approach.
The AFR's Best Lawyers in Australia named Luke as Lawyer of the Year for Occupational Health and Safety Law in 2019 and has been named on the Best Lawyers in Australia list for Occupational Health and Safety every year since 2014. Luke has also been recognised in Doyle’s Guide 2022 as a leading Work Health & Safety Lawyer and a leading Employment Lawyer (Employer Representation), for South Australia.
What he does
Luke's experience working in private practice, government and in-house roles, gives him a broad perspective on the workplace issues that impact employers. With his broad experience, Luke can anticipate issues and solve matters quickly. He helps clients deal with terminations, adverse actions, bullying claims, award and agreement interpretation, disciplinary issues, unfair dismissals and discrimination, as well as safety incidents and defending health and safety prosecutions.
Who he works with
Luke advises CEOs, senior managers and WHS professionals in the manufacturing, retail, insurance, education, entertainment, government, financial and professional services sectors.
What his clients say
Listed: Preeminent, Leading Work Health & Safety Lawyer – South Australia – Doyle’s Guide 2022
Listed: Leading, Leading Employment Lawyer (Employer Representation) - South Australia - Doyle’s Guide 2022
Luke has a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice degree.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2006, Luke worked in the UK as an in-house lawyer and as a legal officer for the British Crown. He advised the two largest employers in the UK: the Department of Health and the Department of Work and Pensions. At the Treasury Solicitor's Department, Luke assisted in defending civil actions against the regulator in the Ladbroke Grove Rail Disaster. He worked in Sparke Helmore's Melbourne office before returning to Adelaide.
Life outside of Sparkes
Luke comes from a large and proud sporting family, but his loyalties lie with the Roosters, a local Adelaide AFL club. He's hoping his young daughters grow up to become Rooster fans and he takes them to games with this fond hope in mind.