Gemma Burke
Gemma Burke
Gemma Burke Senior Associate
t: +61 2 6263 6307
o: Canberra

Gemma Burke

Senior Associate

About Gemma

Gemma has worked in insurance litigation for more than 13 years and has experience defending statutory classes of insurance claims in the ACT, NSW and Victoria.

What she does

Gemma advises insurers on the defence of claims and litigation strategy that fit within their commercial interests. She regularly appears in the ACT Magistrates Court, ACT Supreme Court and in the Claims Assessment and Resolution Service (CARS) in NSW. She previously practised in Victoria, where she appeared in the County Court and Supreme Court of Victoria.

Who she works with

Gemma works with Australian insurers.

Work done recently

Gemma has a Bachelor of Arts and Law as well as a Masters in Law from the Australian National University.

Life before Sparkes

Gemma began her career in litigation at a small Canberra firm. She also practised in insurance litigation at DibbsBarker and in dispute resolution at King & Wood Mallesons. She initially joined Sparke Helmore in 2010, before moving to DLA Piper Australia's litigation team when she relocated to Melbourne in late 2011.


In 2012-13, Gemma completed a nine-month secondment at the Australian outpost of a European insurer where she performed claims management duties for claims under Australian and international statutory classes of insurance, professional indemnity and general liability. She returned to Sparke Helmore's Canberra office in December 2013.

Life outside of Sparkes

Gemma is a keen horse rider and spends her weekends travelling around NSW competing in showjumping and eventing with her team of off-the-track thoroughbreds. She also enjoys snowboarding and has played soccer for many seasons with the ANU Women's Football Club.

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