Proud history underpins firm’s future

BUILDING ON PROUD HISTORY: New Sparke Helmore Lawyers chairman Andrew White believes his firm is uniquely place to serve the needs of clients.ADVERTISING FEATURESparke Helmore Lawyers is a client-first firm with more than 750 people working from eight offices across , serving the needs of the insurance, government, financial services, technology, mining, construction and property sectors.
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Their expertise spans corporate and commercial to construction, workplace to insurance, IP to IPOs, mining to manufacturing, and property to procurement.

Sparke Helmore is one of the largest law firms in , and the longest-serving national commercial law firm in the Hunter, and is committed to putting clients at the centre of everything it does.

Founded in Newcastle in 1882, the firm has had a presence in the city for 136 years and currently employs 112 people in its two Hunter offices, at Newcastle and Muswellbrook.

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Sparke Helmore LawyersSparke Helmore lawyers and staff are part of the local community, contributing to community activities such as the Sparke Helmore Newcastle City Triathlon (since 1994, the triathlon has raised nearly $500,000 for local charities) and Hunter Live (launched in 2009 by Sparke Helmore to offer local business people, educators and government representatives an opportunity to come together and participate in a series of panel discussions and forum events).

Issues of interest to clients in the corporate and commercial area include:

Regional investmentThe City of Newcastle, guided by the 2036 Strategy,is undergoing a rebirth with substantial investment in the CBD and other locations.

Redevelopment of Newcastle Airport offers enormous opportunityto enhance tourism and business connectivity with the rest of .

The mining industry remains buoyant with the demand for energy from traditional markets continuing to grow and alternate energy projects emerging which promise to bring significant economic activity and jobs.

“Sparke Helmore is deeply embedded in local communities of the Hunter region and has a long history of successfully developing key projects andthe associated financing and structuring activities that go with it,” Sparke Helmore chairman Andrew White said.

“We have significant capacity in our Newcastle office, with six partners – Alan McKelvey, Darren Rankine, Martin Taylor and Paul Tobin (all Corporate and Commercial), Greg Guest (Insurance) and Catherine Wilkinson (Workplace) – and 112 employees – including highly regarded Property Special Counsel Helen Murray, Environment and Planning Special Counsel Naomi Simmons and Senior Associate Natalie Vardanega– who have access to the firm’s national network.”

Property and infrastructure developmentSparke Helmore has been heavily involved with the acquisition of land and the drawing up of contracts relating to developments during the revitalisation of NewcastleCBD.

Their deep knowledge and capability combinedwith an intimate awareness of the broad matrix of interests in the city means they’reable to anticipate what’s coming down the pipeline.

“Anyone looking to establish either a core component of their business, or a branch in theemerging Newcastle business landscapeneeds access to advice that is not just purely legal, but formed by an understanding of the local business, economic and planning environment,” Andrew said.

“In many cases there are complex arrangements involving title, planning and physical constraints, and that’s where Sparke Helmore comes into it’s own. We’ve been here for 136 years.”

Evolving industry focusNewcastle has evolved enormously over the last 30 years and so has Sparke Helmore. In the next 10 or 20 years, that rate of change will grow, asit will with all industries throughout the world.

“The core element of any business must be the agility, preparedness and enthusiasm for change and evolution,” Andrew said.

“Sparke Helmore is deeply embedded in the Hunter Region and deeply committed to its future.

“The firm is making significant investments in the Newcastle office and across the country in engineering new ways of providing solutions to clients.

“We are keen to hear from and engage with clients to understand their needs and devise solutions that increase efficiencies and effectiveness of the service we provide.”

Andrew White, chairmanAndrew White is the Chairman of Sparke Helmore, leads the Hunter Commercial Group and is the head of the firm’s national mining and resources group.

For more information about Sparke Helmore, visit www.sparke苏州夜总会招聘.au.

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