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Wotton + Kearney attracts highly regarded property, construction and energy team from Sparke Helmore

A team of highly regarded insurance lawyers is set to join Wotton + Kearney’s pre-eminent Property, Construction and Energy team from Sparke Helmore. The team includes partner Wes Rose, special counsel Anthony Mangafas, senior associates Marnie Hasler and James Sutherland, and associates Dena Patterson, Ryan Owens and Tshering Lama.

“Our Property, Construction 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. 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,” said firm Chief Executive Partner David Kearney. “With the group led by Adam Chylek, our now six partner strong team offers the regional and local insurance market unrivalled depth and expertise across the Power Gen, Mining, Gas, Rail, Construction & Infrastructure, Renewables and Commercial and Industrial Property sectors.”

Adam Chylek, W+K’s Property, Construction and Energy Leader, added: “We are really excited about Wes joining us next week and his team following shortly afterward. We’ve worked with and against Wes and his team over many years and he has an excellent reputation with local institutional and niche insurers, the London market and self-insured engineering firms, and he is well-known to many of Wotton + Kearney’s key clients.”

Wes Rose is market-recognised for his expertise in construction, property and energy and ability to quickly identify factual and technical issues. He combines exceptional legal insight with hands-on industry experience, which he gained earlier in his career as a site manager. Wes advises on coverage, defence and recoveries across construction, engineering, power generation, manufacturing, distribution and agriculture sectors.

The decision to move to Wotton + Kearney with his team was an easy one for Wes. “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, collaborative culture driven by genuine 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. 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.” he said.

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