About Gillian

Gillian specialises in general commercial insurance with a deep expertise in liability claims, including 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 the current Chair of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee and has been a member of Sparke Helmore's Board.
What she does

Gillian advises on the management of litigated and unlitigated claims, as well as policy wordings, coverage disputes, and contribution and recovery opportunities from third parties. She 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, Gillian also works closely with her clients to achieve their objectives, which often include reducing their organisational risk, claims and legal costs.

Gillian has had significant involvement with Royal Commissions, most recently with the Child Abuse Royal Commission where she helped clients prepare for the Commission, including responding to requests for evidence, appearing at the Commission and handling subsequent claims. She has been also been assisting clients within the health and aged care sector prepare for the upcoming Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety in her role as National Leader Aged Care Royal Commission.

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.

Work done recently
Aged Care Royal Commission
Coming off the back of recent intense scrutiny and after a number of past government inquiries and reviews, the aged care sector is once again under the spotlight and this time the subject of a Royal Commission—the highest form of inquiry in Australia.
What her clients say

“She’s very good to deal with. She listens. Her follow-up shows true commitment.”

“Easy to deal with. We have frank and open discussions.”

“Approachable. I like the way she operates. Training provided was fantastic.”

“She always comes back to me with a strategy if I have a problem or query. She is responsive to all our needs, not just legal but business needs too, such as resourcing.”

“Responsive, practical and straightforward.”

“Schmick. Brilliant.”

Taken from client feedback, November 2018.

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


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.  

Gillian also sat on the Board of Hope Healthcare from 2003-2008. Hope Healthcare was acquired by HammondCare in 2008 to strengthen its expertise and capacity in sub-acute disciplines such as aged and dementia care as well as palliative care. She also sat on the board of Anglicare from 2013 to 2017 during which time it undertook the merger with Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV).

She loves everything about living in the middle of the city, particularly the walk to work and easy access to David Jones.