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Yvette McLaughlin, Partner, has been recognised in the Insurance Business Australia Elite Women 2023 report.

As an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law with more than 25 years of experience in the Queensland insurance industry, Yvette practises predominantly in defending common law and general insurance claims, including leading Sparke Helmore’s ground-breaking pneumoconiosis-silicosis litigation in Queensland.

Working in a flexible, hybrid role between Brisbane and Far North Queensland, Yvette is a trusted adviser to major insurers in regional locations. She leads a high-performing team of personal injury lawyers and is passionate about leveraging the relationships she has built through her practice to provide development opportunities for her people.

As the Queensland Communities and Pro Bono partner, she advocates for positive change in the community through access to justice to underrepresented individuals in both metropolitan and regional Queensland, instilling the same equitable sense of purpose in the next generation of insurance professionals. These contributions to the legal sector and insurance industry have culminated in recognition of Yvette by both industry and her peers.

Yvette said, ‘It is a privilege for me to be acknowledged in this report and included among a remarkable group of women who are outstanding leaders in the insurance industry’.

Congratulations to Yvette!

About the Insurance Business Australia’s Elite Women 2023 report

Insurance Business Australia invited insurance professionals from across the country to nominate exceptional female leaders for the annual Elite Women list. Nominees had to be working in a role that related to, interacted with, or in some way impacted the general insurance industry. They should also have demonstrated a clear passion for insurance. Nominators were asked to describe the nominee’s standout professional achievements over the past 12 months, along with her contributions to diversity and inclusion and how she has given back through volunteer roles and charity work. Recommendations from managers and senior industry professionals were also taken into account.

To narrow down the list to the final 50 Elite Women, the Insurance Business team reviewed all nominations, examining each individual’s meaningful contribution to the profession.

Read the full report here.

About Sparke Helmore

We’ve come a long way since our doors first opened in the Hunter in 1882. We’ve had an office in Sydney since the ‘60s and we recently opened our ninth office in Darwin.

We cover six key areas of law – Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Insurance, Government, Property Environment & Finance, Statutory Lines of Insurance and Workplace – with more than 30 specialised areas of expertise. We’re a truly national, full service and proudly Australian firm that delivers results through deep collaboration with our clients. Wherever our clients need us, that’s where we’ll be.

Covering a big country needs a big team—we’re more than 850 people now and still growing. And in true Australian spirit, we’re friendly, approachable and easy to work with. And when you work with one of us, you get the expertise of all of us.

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