Phillip has been with Sparke Helmore for over 20 years. He served as the firm's National Managing Partner from 2016 until March 2022, leading the implementation of the firm’s strategy with the vision of being a world-class independent Australian law firm that clients value for its people and performance. Phillip also served as the firm’s Chair from 2009 to 2012 and as a member of the firm’s Board from 2014.
Phillip re-joined our Government Group in May 2022 as State & Territory Government Leader. He is responsible for developing coordinated state and territory government practices in all of Sparke Helmore’s jurisdictions with a particular focus on New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory. His extensive experience in acting for Commonwealth and local government clients on significant matters and major projects means that Phillip is also able to assist those clients at the highest level.
Phillip has been consistently ranked in the AFR's Australian Best Lawyers list for Government, including the most recent 2023 rankings.
"I am writing now to express the Commission's gratitude for the high standard of support in this matter, which was provided by Mr Phillip Salem...Mr Salem's assistance was invaluable...My staff have been impressed, not merely by the legal acumen of Mr Salem..., but also [his] seemingly tireless application to the task at hand, and...sensitivity in handling complex and delicate issues." Professor Allan Fels, then Chairman, Trade Practices Commission