Wes Rose (pictured) is bringing his team of specialist property, construction, and energy insurance lawyers from Sparke Helmore to Wotton + Kearney (W+K) in Sydney.
“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,” said Rose, lifting the lid on the move.
Making the switch with the partner are special counsel Anthony Mangafas, senior associates Marnie Hasler and James Sutherland, and associates Dena Patterson, Ryan Owens, and Tshering Lama.
Commenting on the key swoop, W+K chief executive partner David Kearney noted: “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 five to 10 years. By growing our market-leading team we can augment our current offering and respond to our clients’ immediate and future needs.”
Rose’s arrival next week will mean the W+K unit – which is led by property, construction, and energy leader Adam Chylek – will now have six partners within it. Meanwhile the rest of the Sparke Helmore recruits will come onboard W+K shortly afterward.
Chylek, whose camp is “really excited” to welcome the additional roster, described Rose as well-known to many key clients of the firm and as having an excellent reputation not only with local institutional and niche insurers but also with the London market and self-insured engineering companies.
“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,” Rose went on to say. “To be part of putting this together and building on it in the years to come is a once-in-a-career opportunity.”