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National firm grows leadership team

National firm grows leadership team

Six lawyers have been promoted to partner across the Canberra, Newcastle and Sydney offices of a national firm.

The national firm released a statement congratulating its new partners last week. Ashley Cahif, Holly McAdam, Maxine Feletti, Wes Rose, Darren Rankine and Martin Taylor joined the Sparke Helmore leadership on 1 July.

Chairman of partners Mark Hickey welcomed the group, citing the value that their leadership would add to the business.

“The dedication of these individuals to putting their clients first, as well as their significant contributions to and leadership of their respective teams, makes me confident that they will continue to enhance our offering in the market and support Sparke Helmore's vision of being a world-class Australian law firm,” Mr Hickey said.

“I would like to congratulate our new partners.”

The promotions were made across Sparke’s offices in Newcastle, Sydney and Canberra.

In Newcastle, the firm promoted Mr Rankine and Mr Taylor as partners in its construction, projects and infrastructure group.

Mr Rankine has advised clients in the public and private sectors, developers and contractors. His work has covered construction and infrastructure projects in the commercial, aged care, university, mining, maritime and water industry sectors.

Mr Taylor has given project procurement and delivery advice to statutory utilities, private developers and government. According to a statement released by the firm, he has worked on significant construction projects across the infrastructure, mining and energy sectors.

Sydney-based Mr Rose has been made a partner in the insurance group. He specialises in professional risks across professional indemnity, contract work and industrial special risk lines.

From Canberra, Mr Cahif and Ms McAdam have been promoted to lead the government commercial team, while Ms Feletti was promoted in the insurance group.

Mr Cahif has worked on major projects for Commonwealth departments and agencies, including capital works projects, funding agreements, intellectual property issues and regulatory matters.

Ms McAdam has advised on government acquisitions, transformational initiatives, contract enforcement issues and dispute resolution matters.

Ms Feletti has advised a range of employers and insurers on statutory and common law claims arising from workplace accidents, WHS, regulatory compliance and risk management, investigations and coronial inquests and also merits review.

The announcement of the partner promotions followed the recent news of two non-executive appointments to Sparke Helmore's board and the recruitment of executive officer Gerard Milne. Former DLA Piper senior partner Lindsay Joyce also began working as a consultant for the national firm this month. 

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