Sparke Helmore, Thynne + Macartney strengthen senior ranks in promotions round

Several homegrown stars made up the biggest batch of promotions at Thynne + Macartney in years

Sparke Helmore, Thynne + Macartney strengthen senior ranks in promotions round

Sparke Helmore and Thynne + Macartney have both beefed up their senior ranks in their mid-year promotion cycles.

Sparke Helmore elevated a total of 19 lawyers, welcoming 4 new special counsel and 15 new senior associates. National managing partner Andrew White said that the new promotions, which took effect on 1 July, demonstrated “the depth of opportunity” across the firm’s offices in Australia.

The new special counsel are as follows:

  • Jenna Cotterill – corporate and commercial, Newcastle
  • Adam Cunynghame – government, Melbourne
  • Aimee Dash – workplace, Perth
  • Leith Helsdon – government, Brisbane

The new senior associates are as follows:

  • Madeleine Armstrong – workplace, Melbourne
  • Max Calligeros – statutory lines insurance, Adelaide
  • Molly Campbell – government, Canberra
  • Alex Chan – government, Adelaide
  • Jonathan Crass – government, Melbourne
  • Georgina Dodd – workplace, Sydney
  • Lara Douglas – commercial insurance, Canberra
  • Zoe Fatouros – commercial insurance, Melbourne
  • Sally Gooch – commercial insurance, Adelaide
  • Georgia Murphy-Haste – pro bono programs, Sydney
  • Christopher Orchard – government, Melbourne
  • Raymond Quinn – corporate and commercial, Canberra
  • Ashley Sherr – workplace, Melbourne
  • Mary Trimboli – government, Canberra
  • Laura Wells – government, Adelaide

Thynne + Macartney’s landmark promotions round

Meanwhile, Queensland firm Thynne + Macartney elevated 6 in its biggest promotions round in years. The round expanded the senior associate and associate ranks, and includes the following lawyers:

Senior associates

  • Tony Calligeros – planning and environment
  • Vicky Martin – wills and estates


  • Harriet Adcock – agribusiness
  • Rebecca Flynn – maritime and transport
  • Morgan Healey – professional indemnity
  • Holly Vaughan – planning and environment

“We are particularly proud that nearly all of these promotions are lawyers who have been with Thynne + Macartney throughout their professional careers,” chairman of partners Marc Maskell said.

Calligeros and Healey commenced with the firm through 12-month placements when they were graduate lawyers. Meanwhile, Flynn was already working with the maritime and transport team as a law student, and Adcock was brought on board the agribusiness team as a graduate.

The promotions took effect on 1 July.

“The firm will celebrate its 130-year anniversary in 2023 and experience has taught us that longevity of careers is a marker of our success. We believe it is of the utmost importance to offer programs and ongoing workplace policies and initiatives that support the success of our staff throughout their careers,” Thynne + Macartney general manager Ashley Lamb explained.

The firm’s 15-year-old annual mentoring program has seen 60% of staff participating as mentors and mentees. The firm has also established 58 learning and development programs.

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