Sparke Helmore promotes 25

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Sparke Helmore, fresh from recruiting 32 to join its commercial insurance team, has further grown its senior lawyer ranks.

The firm has promoted four new partners, eight new special counsel, and 13 new senior associates. The firm has elevated pro bono partner Hannah Rose in Sydney; commercial insurance partners Mark Sainsbury and Colin Davidson in Brisbane and Sydney, respectively; and corporate and commercial partner Emanuel Oros in Sydney.

The national insurance-specialist firm said that 60% of the newly promoted lawyers are female, as the firm continues with its “Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2020” program, which includes identifying and championing female talent and increasing the representation of women in the partnership.

“We had a record number of high-performing individuals put forward for promotions this year, which was excellent to see and shows we are on the front foot when it comes to harnessing and cultivating our pipeline of talent. We're really proud of that,” said Phillip Salem, national managing partner. “Through our internal mentoring and re-developed career pathways programs, we are investing in our future leaders more than ever before and it's paying dividends. The firm is going from strength to strength, having recently bolstered our commercial insurance offering, among other huge successes so far this year.”

The firm’s other newly promoted lawyers are:


Commercial insurance

  • Melbourne
    • Jehan Mata
  • Sydney
    • Summer Foley
    • Dino Liistro
    • Emily McKeowen
    • Laura Rush

Corporate and commercial

  • Sydney
    • Catherine Morton


  • Melbourne
    • Oliver Young


  • Melbourne
    • Sam Jackson


Commercial insurance

  • Adelaide
    • Lani Carter
  • Brisbane
    • Shannon Steed
  • Perth
    • Aimee Dash

Corporate and commercial

  • Brisbane
    • Sasha Vleeshouwer
  • Newcastle
    • Samantha Smith
  • Sydney
    • Alinta Briggs
    • Luke Woodward


  • Canberra
    • Samantha Ferry
  • Melbourne
    • Adam Cunynghame
  • Sydney
    • Andrew Keevers
    • Alanna Lucchese

Statutory lines insurance

  • Canberra
    • Kelvin Defranciscis
    • Laura Hinwood

Sparke Helmore has more than 750 people based in offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, and Upper Hunter.


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