Sparke Helmore, Jarman McKenna merger goes live

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Sparke Helmore has officially merged with Jarman McKenna, marking the retirement of the latter’s brand today.  

Five partners from the Perth-based insurance law firm, including founder Piet Jarman, will join Sparke Helmore. Jarman McKenna founding partner David McKenna joined national firm Mills Oakley last year after merger talks commenced.

All in all, 52 practitioners and support staff from Jarman McKenna have joined Sparke Helmore. Rani Aria Retnam, Garry Nutt, Chris Rimmer and Jonathan Wyatt are also joining the partnership.

Phillip Salem, Sparke Helmore national managing partner, told Australasian Lawyer in January that the central leadership structure of the firm will remain unchanged by the merger. The two teams were constantly meeting since kicking off formal merger talks last September, culminating in a celebration in January to toast the merger.

Sparke Helmore now has more than 700 people working across Australia. It has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and Upper Hunter.

Salem said in January that there are currently no definite plans to open new offices but added that the firm was open to the idea of expanding, including through mergers.

Piet Jarman (L) and Phillip Salem (R)

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