About Gillian

Gillian specialises in general commercial insurance with a focus and specialisation in liability claims including both property and personal injury claims. Asia Pacific Legal 500 noted that Gillian was considered "a great lawyer, very strong technically but balanced always by a strong commercial approach". Gillian is a member of Sparke Helmore's Board.
What she does

Gillian advises on the management of claims, both litigated and unlitigated, as well as policy wordings, coverage disputes, and contribution and recovery opportunities from third parties. Gillian advises across a range of industry groups, including hospitality, leisure, security, law enforcement, retail, construction, infrastructure, telecommunications and energy. In addition to striving for strong outcomes in the litigation process, she also works closely with her clients to achieve their objectives, which often include reducing their organisational risk, claims and legal costs.

Who she works with

Gillian advises insurers, underwriters, brokers, government agencies and statutory authorities, as well as corporations with retained deductibles. She has a large London practice, representing London market syndicates in Australia.

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What her clients say

"Gillian's enthusiasm and years of experience have always resulted in thoughtful, thorough and commercially sound advice. Gillian understands the importance of client relationships, listens carefully to any questions and comments, and responds quickly and clearly. I have worked with Gillian for over 10 years, and have always been very happy with the service received, I would highly recommend Gillian and her team." Claire Ohannessian, Claims Manager, Xchanging Pty Ltd

"I have worked with Gillian for some five years. She is a terrific litigator, a tenacious negotiator, who always has her clients best interests at heart." John Michie, Allianz Australia Insurance Ltd

Finalist: Insurance Partner of the Year, Lawyers Weekly Partner of the Year Awards 2018 and 2017

Listed: Chambers & Partners 2018

Listed: Recommended for Commercial Insurance law - The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 and 2017

Listed: Leading Public Liability Lawyer (Defendant) - Sydney - Doyle's Guide 2015


Gillian has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts degree from Macquarie University. She is also a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Life before Sparkes

Gillian has always worked for law firms specialising in Insurance. She has been at Sparke Helmore since 1998.

Life outside of Sparkes

Gillian has an active role in the not for profit area. She has been a member of the board of St Andrews Cathedral School and New College of UNSW. She is currently a member of the General Synod of the Anglican Church and was appointed to the Appellate Tribunal of the Anglican Church in 2010. She is a member of the Sydney Synod and Standing Committee. She is a director of Anglicare Sydney and the chair of the Anglican Deaconess Ministries. She loves everything about living in the middle of the city, particularly the walk to work and easy access to David Jones.