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Sparke Helmore elevates 28

National law firm Sparke Helmore has named 11 new special counsel and 17 new senior associates.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 19 July 2023 Big Law
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Sparke Helmore has promoted 28 lawyers to more senior roles, all of whom assumed their new roles on 1 July 2023.

In a statement, the firm said that all its practice groups “have reason to celebrate”, with the spread of promotions representing excellence across teams and locations.


The 11 new special counsel are Rosemary Hamer, Steven Canton, Jake Kyranis, Katherine Evans, Rushil Sharma, Samantha Smith, Alex Caldwell, Matthew O’Sullivan, Ebony Vail, Laura Beattie, and Susan Withycombe-Taperell.

And the 17 new senior associates are Aliasgher Karimjee, Joanne Yu, Stefanie Andrensek, Monique Essey, Izzy Hazell, Matthieu Byrnes, Erina Yip, Isobel Lawler, Cormac Burke, David Gunter, Bethany Jackson, Renee Compain-Helsloot, Jacqueline Cassar, Leanne Hsieh, Brendan Edghill, Georgia Sivashankar, and Benjamin Gunter.

The news follows firm managing partner Andrew White’s conversation with Lawyers Weekly earlier this year about Sparke Helmore’s priorities for 2023.

Speaking about the promotions round, Mr White (pictured) said: “These promotions attest to the quality of our people, and I’m very pleased these 28 exceptionally talented lawyers have been promoted.”

“Bringing such outstanding people up through the ranks is incredibly important to our growth and demonstrates the depth of opportunity that exists nationally in our firm.”

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Australian Family Lawyers promoting nine, as reported on 17 July; Arnold Thomas & Becker promoting 17 and hiring 11 on 14 July; ABLA promoting seven on 13 July; DLA Piper promoting 10 in Australia on 11 July; HWL Ebsworth elevating 72 lawyers, including seven to partner, as reported on Friday (7 July); Norton Rose Fulbright promoting 28, as reported on the same date; Gilchrist Connell promoting 12 and hiring another seven senior lawyers, reported by Lawyers Weekly on Thursday (6 July); Clayton Utz promoting 64 on Tuesday (4 July); Dentons promoting 14, including four to partner, on Monday (3 July); Carroll & O’Dea elevating 17, also on Monday (3 July); MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday (30 June); three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday (30 June); Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday (30 June); Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported on Monday (3 July); Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported on Monday (3 July); Allens promoting 70 on Thursday (29 June); the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday (29 June); IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday (29 June); Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18 on Wednesday (28 June); Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals, also on Wednesday (28 June); Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate on Tuesday (27 June); the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler, on Tuesday (27 June); Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on Tuesday, 27 June; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday (27 June); HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday (26 June); Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday (26 June); McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday (26 June); King & Wood Mallesons’ promotion of 77 lawyers, including 44 to senior associate, on Friday (23 June); Wotton + Kearney elevated 34, including four to partner, also on Friday (23 June); Barry Nilsson promoting 21 on Thursday (22 June); Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, on Wednesday (21 June); McCullough Robertson elevated 17 lawyers, including two to partner, on Tuesday (20 June); 55 being promoted as part of Mills Oakley’s EOFY promotions round on Monday (19 June); the promotion of 23 at Thomson Geer on the same day; the elevation of 26 to more senior roles at Piper Alderman, also on 19 June; six new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced on 16 June; the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens on 15 June; the elevation of 18 at the start of June at Johnson Winter Slattery, followed by its promotion of five to partner in late June; 35 senior promotions at Lander & Rogers in early June; four senior hires for MinterEllison’s consulting arm earlier this month; seven to partner at Moray & Agnew in late May; three new partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in late May; seven named as special counsel at Clyde & Co in early May; two new partners at DLA Piper as announced in late April; three new partners at Allen & Overy from April; seven to counsel roles at Herbert Smith Freehills in the same week and 10 to partner in Australia a week earlier; and the elevation of 13 to the partnership at Ashurst in mid-April.