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Sparke Helmore

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Sparke Helmore
Tel: +61 2 9373 3555
Fax: +61 2 9373 3599

Chairman: Andrew White
Managing Partners: Phillip Salem
Number of Partners: 86
Number of Lawyers: 370+
Languages: English

The firm has come a long way since its doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. The firm has had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and recently opened its ninth office in Darwin. The firm covers five key areas of law—Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace—with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. The firm is truly national, full service and proudly Australian and delivers results through deep collaboration with its clients. Covering a big country needs a big team—the firm has more than 950 people now and is still growing. And in true Australian spirit, all the people who are part of the firm are known for being friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of the team, you get the expertise of everyone.


Corporate & Commercial

26 Partners, 71 fee earners based in Brisbane, Muswellbrook, Newcastle and Sydney
Commercial acumen is really what the firm is all about. The firm’s corporate lawyers have worked in top tier Australian and global firms, as well as in industry, and have advised on some iconic corporate deals. That’s one of the reasons institutions, large corporates, SMEs and governments all trust the firm. They know the team focuses their knowledge and skills to bring them practical advice that supports their strategies and objectives. Corporate and commercial legal issues don’t occur in isolation—so the firm doesn’t operate that way, either. When you work with the Corporate & Commercial team, you work with all of Sparke Helmore. Everything from construction to commercial litigation, mining to M&A, and insurance to workplace is covered.

Contact: Shannon Platt, Partner
Tel: +61 2 9373 3555
Email: [email protected]

Commercial Insurance

25 Partners, 126 fee earners based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney

More than half the lawyers in the firm live and breathe insurance. The Commercial Insurance team defends claims and interprets policies across all product lines for more than 300 clients, including Australia’s largest insurers. The firm’s practice is global and includes the London Market and Lloyd’s syndicates as well as global insurers. The team acts for some of Australia’s largest companies in relation to their retained risk. The firm also advises all levels of government on their commercial risk and its clients extend to insurance broking industry and third party claims administrators. The firm is proud to be a member of Global Insurance Law Connect (GILC) as the sole Australian representative firm.

Contact: Chris Wood, Partner
Tel: +61 2 9373 3555
Email: [email protected]


12 partners, 73 fee earners based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney

Economic, demographic and social changes mean the business of government has never been more challenging. As people who used to work in government agencies, the national Government team is proud to support the important work of public servants as they shape the policies that change people’s lives. The team understands government work—the time pressures, policy priorities and legislative constraints. It’s why the firm is one of the three largest private legal services providers to the Commonwealth Government. The team brings commercial, administrative law and dispute resolution expertise to help with complex, sensitive and high profile programs. The advice the team gives provides policy makers with commercial and practical solutions for improving program management and policy outcomes.

Contact: Ben Dube, Partner
Tel: +61 7 3016 5000
Email: [email protected]

Insurance Statutory Lines

12 Partners, 49 fee earners based in Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney

The only constant is change—but when Australia’s already complex State and Commonwealth statutory regimes keep changing, it’s a perpetual compliance challenge for insurers and employers. The Statutory Insurance team covers every Australian jurisdiction, defending statutory and common law actions across countless industries. The firm advises 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. Beyond individual claims, the team looks at the bigger picture—broader portfolio and claims management issues, including long tail claims. Insurers talk to the team about maintaining their self-insurance licenses as well.

Contact: James Johnston, Partner
Tel: +61 2 9373 3555
Email: [email protected]


9 partners, 27 fee earners based in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and Sydney

Leaders need to spend their time leading and managers need to be effectively managing. Employment conflicts and safety issues can hugely impact time and resources, not to mention productivity and morale. The Workplace team is highly regarded and respected for being the safe pair of hands organisations need to resolve workplace issues as quickly and seamlessly as possible. The team’s employment and safety experts advise executives, managers, government decision-makers and their organisations on small matters before they become big ones, and big matters before they become headlines. The firm provides common sense advice that deals with the root of the problem and delivers workable solutions. Collectively, the team’s experience spans multiple industries and includes work with federal, state and local government and leading corporates.

Contact: Catherine Wilkinson, Partner
Tel: +61 2 4924 7200
Email: [email protected]


Corporate & Commercial
o Banking & Finance
o Commercial Litigation
o Company Secretarial
o Construction, Projects & Infrastructure
o Corporate, M&A and Capital Markets
o Franchising
o Funds & Financial Services
o Insolvency & Restructuring
o Intellectual Property & Technology
o Mining & Resources
o Non-profits, Charities & Social Enterprises
o Planning, Environment & Local Government
Commercial Insurance
o Aviation
o Construction Risks / ISR
o CTP & Major Claims
o Directors & Officers
o EPL / Workplace Risks
o Health Care
o Liability
o Professional Indemnity
o Government Administrative Law
o Government Commercial
Insurance Statutory Lines
o Commonwealth Compensation
o State Compensation
o Employment
o Safety


Level 3, 41 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000
Mailing Address: GPO Box 2573, Adelaide SA 5001
t: +61 8 8415 9800
f: +61 8 8415 9895
Email: [email protected]

Level 25, 240 Queen Street, Brisbane QLD 4000
Mailing Address: PO Box 10220, Brisbane QLD 4000
t: +61 7 3016 5000
f: +61 7 3016 5100
Email: [email protected]

Level 4, Childers Square, 14 Childers Street, Canberra ACT 2600
Mailing Address: GPO Box 2562, Canberra ACT 2601
t: +61 2 6263 6300
f: +61 2 6263 6395
Email: [email protected]

Level 16, 19 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800
Mailing Address: Level 16, 19 Smith Street, Darwin NT 0800
t: +61 8 8963 5684
Email: [email protected]

Level 40, 600 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Mailing Address: PO Box 82, Collins Street West, Melbourne VIC 8007
t: +61 3 9291 2333
f: +61 3 9291 2399
Email: [email protected]

Level 7, Sparke Helmore Building, 28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle NSW 2300
Mailing Address: PO Box 812, Newcastle NSW 2300
t: +61 2 4924 7200
f: +61 2 4924 7299
Email: [email protected]

Level 11, Eastpoint Plaza, 233 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA 6000
Mailing Address: PO Box 5621, Perth WA 6831
t: +61 8 9288 8000
f: +61 8 9288 8099
Email: [email protected]

Level 29, MLC Centre, 19 Martin Place, Sydney NSW 2000
Mailing Address: PO Box Q1164, QVB Post Office, Sydney NSW 1230
t: +61 2 9373 3555
f: +61 2 9373 3599
Email: [email protected]

Upper Hunter
57 Brook St, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Mailing Address: PO Box 266, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
t: +61 2 6542 4000
f: +61 2 6542 4096
Email: [email protected]