Seven-strong insurance law team trades Sparke Helmore for Wotton + Kearney

A new partner, special counsel and senior associates beef up Wotton + Kearney's property, construction and energy group

Seven-strong insurance law team trades Sparke Helmore for Wotton + Kearney
Wes Rose

A seven-strong insurance law team has traded Sparke Helmore for Wotton + Kearney(W+K).

Partner Wes Rose, special counsel Anthony Mangafas and senior associates Marnie Hasler and James Sutherland are among the members set to make the move to W+K’s property, construction and energy group. With Rose’s addition, W+K’s property and energy team now comprises six partners across Australia and New Zealand.

“Joining Wotton + Kearney means the property, construction and energy team is now unrivalled in the region in terms of size and depth of talent and that’s great news for our clients. To be part of putting this together and building on it in the years to come is a once in a career opportunity,” Rose said.

The construction, property and energy expert, who has received recognition for his work in the field, said that making the leap to W+K was an easy decision.

“Wotton + Kearney’s sole focus on insurance law means it has absolute clarity in its vision and strategy; this, coupled with its progressive business structure and collaborative culture driven by young, dynamic industry leaders, means that it is the best place for me and my team to assist our clients in what are unusual and challenging times,” he said.

The inclusion of the team beefs up the firm’s offering in the property and energy sectors, which have been seeing much activity in recent years.

“Our property and energy team has been very busy in the specialist sectors that have been boosted by huge public and private investment in construction and infrastructure over the last decade,”W+K CEP David Kearney said. “With the infrastructure investment commitments made by state and federal governments, we expect that demand will continue over the next 5-10 years. By growing our market-leading team we can augment our current offering and respond to our clients’ immediate and future needs.”

Kearney said that the boost to the property and energy group, which is headed by senior partner Adam Chylek, will provide clients in the regional and local insurance markets with “unrivalled depth and expertise across the power gen, mining, gas, rail, construction and infrastructure, renewables and commercial and industrial property sectors.”

Last October, W+K also brought in a team specialising in financial lines insurance from Clyde & Co. By securing the Sparke Helmore team, W+K continues its trend of significant growth.

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