Former Sparkes Managing Partner joins Morays

Media Release

A year on, Moray & Agnew has bolstered its Perth office with the arrival of new Partner Rosemary Waldron-Hartfield and her team. All join from Sparke Helmore.

A 20 year insurance practitioner, Rosemary was Sparke Helmore’s Perth Managing Partner having established their Perth office in July 2002. She was also the head of their Commonwealth Compensation team.

Rosemary joins former Sparke Helmore partner, Phil Keays, who joined Moray & Agnew a year ago with his team to open the firm’s Perth office.

Michael Pitt, National Managing Partner at Moray & Agnew said: “The opportunity came out of the blue. Rosemary decided to resign from Sparke Helmore and subsequently she received an approach from us.”

“Our Perth office has been thriving since we established it 12 months ago under Phil Keays’ leadership. Rosemary and her team both complement and add to the professional indemnity and public liability skills of our Perth office and bring new expertise in Commonwealth and State compensation,” Pitt added.

Rosemary Waldron-Hartfield said: “Fundamental to the move to Moray & Agnew is the fact that it is a specialist national insurance firm that has at its core an unwavering commitment to and focus on the insurance client. This aligns strongly with my view that the client always comes first. I am also looking forward to the opportunity to work with a group of exceptional insurance lawyers some of whom I have worked with before.”

She said “The fact that Morays is a specialist insurance firm is very important going forward as I believe that insurance lawyers are more able to develop to their full potential within the environment of a specialist insurance firm. The environment of a commercial law firm can place undue pressure on insurance lawyers in areas such as service and price.”

“There are very real pressures and difficulties that can arise from having insurance and commercial divisions coexisting, and that is one reason why I was attracted by Moray & Agnew. It is a national insurance operation with an uncompromising client focus. This focus is also complemented by minimal bureaucracy.” she said.

Rosemary brings extensive experience in insurance litigation acting for Commonwealth and State agencies and corporations. She has run matters before the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and the Federal Court and has managed numerous national test cases in compensation. Rosemary also manages personal injury litigation in the Supreme and District Courts.

Rosemary brings with her Kerry Wood (who joins as partner), Agnes Camilleri, Senior Associate and Anna Sasson, Lawyer.

This initiative places Moray & Agnew firmly among Perth frontrunners in insurance law and further strengthens the firm’s national capability.

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