Quality and consistency through collaboration

Emily McKeowen


About Emily

Emily is a highly regarded insurance litigator with 20+ years of experience in general liability claims (personal injury, property damage and product liability).  Emily is recognised for her pragmatic, proactive, commercial and technical approach to claims management and client solutions.

What she does

Emily advises and acts for insurers and corporate clients in litigated and unlitigated general liability and institutional abuse claims.  Emily provides training and advice to boards and management on risk and claims prevention, particularly in the retail space.  She provides advice on coverage, contribution and recovery from third parties and deals with complex liability and quantum claims. 

Emily also advises insurers and their boards on complex indemnity and coverage issues in response to portfolios of claims for historical abuse. Also, she conducts the defence of claims on behalf of religious institutions, schools and not-for-profits with a sensitive and proactive approach to resolution.

Who she works with

Emily works with Australian and international insurers and brokers, as well as corporates (including a number of global retail chains).  Emily has deep expertise in advising clients in the retail, hospitality, transport and logistics and SME industries.  She regularly appears in the District and Supreme Courts of NSW.  


Emily holds a Bachelor of Business with majors in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Law from the University of Newcastle.

Life before Sparkes

Since the start of her career in 2002, Emily has worked at two boutique insurance law firms across a range of insurance claims including workers compensation and motor vehicle before focussing on general and public liability claims. She has practiced in both NSW and Western Australia and joined Sparke Helmore in September 2016.

Life outside of Sparkes

Emily enjoys relaxing on holidays with a true crime novel, baking anything sweet and involving chocolate and providing back-up vocals for her karaoke-loving daughters.

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