Sparke Helmore, Laycock Burke Castaldi merge

Sparke Helmore, Laycock Burke Castaldi merge | Insurance Business

Sparke Helmore, Laycock Burke Castaldi merge

Three partners, five lawyers, and four support staff – these are what Newcastle firm Laycock Burke Castaldi (LBC) brought to Sparke Helmore Lawyers when the two camps, whose practice areas include insurance, merged on July 01. 

“Newcastle is and always will be the traditional home of Sparke Helmore – and it is deep in the roots of LBC, too,” said Sparke Helmore national managing partner Phillip Salem.

“To have the opportunity to join with a firm of the reputation and calibre of LBC is yet another critical step in enhancing the legal expertise we provide to our clients in the Hunter region and nationally.”

Among the trio of partners is Julien Castaldi, who described Sparke Helmore and LBC as both “proudly Australian” firms. According to Castaldi, their clients are excited by the opportunities presented by the merger.

“We immediately saw the synergies with our strategies, our culture, and values as well as our commitment to exceptional client service,” he noted. “The two firms joining forces demonstrates Sparke Helmore’s recognition of the importance of the Hunter region to its business.”

Castaldi is joined by fellow partners Seamus Burke and Andrew Knight.