Stuart concentrates on Commonwealth statutory classes of insurance and administrative law. He is one of the firm's most experienced practitioners in these areas and has advised Commonwealth agencies on a range of issues regarding their statutory functions. He has represented clients in proceedings in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court at the Commonwealth level, as well as in various local and state courts.
Stuart is currently seconded part-time to a Commonwealth Government department to provide advice on statutory interpretation and related administrative law issues.
What he does
Stuart provides very timely and sound advice on issues spanning Commonwealth statutory classes, litigation and administrative law. This often includes providing practical solutions to complex problems.
Stuart has been involved in many of the leading decisions in the interpretation of law in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.
Who he works with
Stuart works with Commonwealth Government departments and agencies, national companies and private insurers.
What his clients say
Listed: AFR's Best Lawyers in Australia 2020 and 2019 for Government Practice and Litigation
Stuart has Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice.
Life before Sparkes
Stuart completed his studies at the ANU, during which time he worked part-time in the supermarket, serving other students between lectures. That job was great, because apart from the perks of free snacks and things, he also met his wife there.
After graduating, Stuart worked for a couple of years at another national law firm, before making the switch to Sparkes in 2000.
Life outside of Sparkes
Stuart leads a very busy life outside the office: raising three young children; socialising with friends and family; and playing a variety of sports in a desperate attempt to stay relatively fit. He's a keen follower of all types of football (and a long-suffering Dragons fan) and heads for the NSW South Coast whenever possible.