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Sparke Helmore

Insurance

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What the team is known for

Commended insurer practice with a valued pan-Australian presence, active on a broad range of matters including D&O liability, professional indemnity, catastrophic and workers' compensation claims. Demonstrates further ability on claims relating to product and public liability. Experienced in acting on major class actions as well as advising insurers on claims, policy interpretation and coverage issues. Operates in emerging areas within the insurance industry such as cyber risk and increasingly noted for its assured handling of London market-related mandates.

Strengths

Thorough dependability of service is a practice characteristic which clients emphasise particularly strongly. One reports: "The general approach is pragmatic and down to earth, with quick responses and care taken not to incur costs unless essential." Another stresses "the quality and proactive nature of the advice, the commercial approach and the consistency of service between offices."

Another source emphasises individualised customer service and case handling, saying: "Sparke Helmore stay close to their clients. They seek to understand our needs and work out what they can do to assist us as a business. They also tailor their approach to the claim, the quantum and the finer details, such as the other parties and lawyers involved."

Work highlights

Advised insurance brokers Arthur J Gallagher, on a national basis, on the coordination of its response to insurance-related legal issues arising in connection with the initial onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Notable practitioners

John Coorey practises principally in the professional indemnity and D&O spheres, acting for both Australian and London-based insurers. Sources acknowledge him as "very experienced" and "a good operator."

Mark Doepel has handled contentious issues in the D&O, financial lines, professional indemnity and reinsurance spaces for nearly 30 years, being particularly well known for his expertise concerning clinical negligence and other medico-legal issues. Widely acknowledged by the market as a "good practitioner and insurance specialist" and accomplished litigatorwho "knows his stuff," he is described by a client as "very approachable and responsive, a real expert in his field and a pleasure to deal with."

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Overview

Commercial Insurance 
Sparke Helmore has one of Australia's largest collections of insurance legal expertise across nine locations. We defend claims and interpret policies across all product lines for more than 350 clients, including Australia's largest insurers. Our practice is global and includes the London Market and Lloyd's syndicates as well as global insurers. We act for some of Australia's largest companies in relation to retained risk. We also advise all levels of government on their commercial risk. Our clients extend to the insurance broking industry and third party claims administrators.

Insurance Statutory Lines 
When our already complex State and Commonwealth statutory regimes keep changing, it’s a perpetual compliance challenge for insurers and employers; we have a deep appreciation for the differences in, and implications of, each jurisdiction’s scheme. So when our clients are entangled in intricacies across multiple jurisdictions, we can assist as we cover every Australian jurisdiction, defending statutory and common law actions across countless industries. We advise on claims resulting from stress, psychiatric illness, dust/asbestos disease, chemical toxicity and acoustic injury, fatal accident and dependency claims, and even claims involving catastrophic injury. Early resolution is our tried and tested formula.

Members

Johnson, James (Head of Department)

Wood, Chris (Head of Department)

Aria Retnam, Rani

Brewster, Robyn

Cameron, Malcolm

Coorey, John

Davidson, Colin

Davidson, Gillian

Doepel, Mark

Doepel, Mark

Dwyer, Michael

Feletti, Maxine

Giourgas, Nick

Guest, Greg

Haddock, Kerry

Hodges, Kiley

Jarman, Piet

Jones, Ian

Kemp, Adrian

Kinnear, Julie

McGrath, Julian

McGrath, Patrick

McKeowen, Emily

McLaughlin, Yvette

Mepstead, Larissa

Michalk, Belinda

Miller, Kristina

Nutt, Garry

Owen, Kent

Palamara, Joanne

Power, Catherine

Rimmer, Chris

Rose, Wes

Sadler, Renee

Sainsbury, Mark

Seisun, Matthew

Thomas, Kerri

Webb, Jesse

Insurance Department

Sparke Helmore

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Department location

Level 29

19 Martin Place

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

NSW 2000

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Australia

Insurance


John Coorey
Band 3
Mark Doepel
Band 4