Media Release | 30 April 2015

Hall & Wilcox expansion receives major boost from insurance practice

Leading independent business law firm, Hall & Wilcox, will be taking on a significant insurance practice from Sparke Helmore.
The team is led by Sparke Helmore national insurance leader Rhett Slocombe, and includes Grant Galvin, Simon Morgan, Daniel Stoddart, Nicholas Studdert and Joanna Turnbull, all of whom will be joining Hall & Wilcox as partners. The team is based in Sydney and Newcastle.

Hall & Wilcox Managing Partner, Tony Macvean, commented that the new practice will allow Hall & Wilcox to add product line and geographic breadth and depth to better service clients in the insurance and financial services sector.

“The new practice includes statutory and general insurance service lines, including workers compensation, CTP and general insurance. The practice greatly complements our existing statutory and general insurance practices and insurance and financial services sector focus.

“There is a strong strategic and cultural alignment between Hall & Wilcox and the team coming across.”

Tony commented that clients are a high priority in the transition.

“The servicing of clients is most important. We have put in place a range of measures to ensure service continuity and a seamless transition for clients.”

Tony also commented that the firm is “continuing to be on the lookout for practices and partners to help build our national footprint, where there is a strong strategic and cultural alignment and we believe that clients and the firm’s people will benefit.


Oliver Jankowsky

Partner & Head of International Practice

Ed Paton

Partner & Head of SE Asia Practice

Eugene Chen

Partner & Head of China Practice

Melanie Smith

Director - Business Development, Marketing and Communications

Natalie Bannister

Partner & Commercial National Practice Leader

Rhett Slocombe

Partner & Insurance National Practice Leader

Katie McKenzie


James Bull

Special Counsel and Head of Frank

Melanie James

People & Culture Manager

Jacqui Barrett

Partner & Head of US Practice

Paul O’Donnell

Consultant & Head of Energy

Christopher Brown

Partner & Head of UK Practice

Lauren Parrant

Senior People & Culture Advisor, as at 1 July 2022

Melinda Woledge

Marketing & Communications Manager

Jasmine Koh

Senior Associate and Head of Frank

Alison Choy Flannigan

Partner & Leader, Health & Community

Billie Kerkez

Manager – Smarter Recovery Solutions

Peter Jones

Senior Commercial Counsel

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