Suzy works primarily in the statutory classes of insurance and administrative law area. She advises on the management and resolution of complex claims, and appears in merits review matters. She is also a nationally accredited mediator and is skilled in alternative dispute resolution.
What she does
Suzy advises on each stage of the claim process, from the initial liability through to appeals at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Federal Court. She also advises on strategies relating to claims management, dispute resolution and litigation.
Who she works with
Suzy works with Commonwealth departments and agencies, insurers and self-insured licencees.
Work done recently
Suzy has a Bachelor of Laws degree and has also been granted national mediation accreditation under the Australian National Mediator Standards.
Life before Sparkes
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2006, Suzy worked for the Department of Social Security, and its successor Centrelink, for more than 10 years and during that time was an in-house advocate in the Legal Services Branch. During 2012, Suzy worked as a Conference Registrar in the Brisbane registry of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for 12 months before returning to Sparke Helmore in February 2013.
Life outside of Sparkes
Suzy and her family live on a cattle farm outside Brisbane. This provides plenty of opportunity for her to anxiously watch her young son riding horses and speeding by on his quad bike. The region near Suzy's farm is renowned for its wine and produce, and Suzy and her friends enjoy sampling these over long lunches on the weekend.