HWL Ebsworth construction partner joins Sparke Helmore 

HWL Ebsworth construction partner joins Sparke Helmore 

11 January 2021 By Tony Zhang
Sparke Helmore

Sparke Helmore Lawyers has welcomed a new construction partner to its corporate and commercial team.

Joining from HWL Ebsworth, John Kehoe will be based in Sparke Helmore’s Melbourne office. Mr Kehoe is an accomplished senior lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience and specialises in construction and infrastructure. 


“I am excited that John has decided to join Sparke Helmore. Having someone with John’s unparalleled expertise as part of our already strong Construction Projects & Infrastructure team is another significant step in enhancing the solutions and services that we offer to our clients both nationally and across Victoria,” national managing partner Phillip Salem said.

Mr Kehoe has particular expertise in infrastructure agreements including engineering procurement and construction, design and construct, operation and maintenance and facilities management contracts, and development agreements.


He works with energy companies, facilities management companies, infrastructure contractors, healthcare providers, universities, developers, government agencies and building and engineering contractors. Mr Kehoe also advises clients involved in infrastructure projects, building developments, and major equipment procurement and has significant experience in advising clients on risk allocation, project structuring, market positions on material risk issues at every level of the market.

Prior to HWL Ebsworth he spent five years in Allens’ energy, resources and infrastructure group, five years in Herbert Smith Freehills’ banking and projects team and eight years as a partner in Gadens’ construction and development team.

“I immediately saw the synergies with Sparke Helmore; the culture and the values as well as a shared commitment to exceptional client service,” Mr Kehoe said on the move.

“I’m delighted to join this market-leading firm, one with an outstanding reputation in the construction and infrastructure space and I am looking forward to adding even greater depth to their offering and value to clients.

HWL Ebsworth construction partner joins Sparke Helmore 
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