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Yvette McLaughlin


About Yvette

Yvette is an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law with more than 26 years' experience in the insurance industry. She has practised predominantly in defending statutory classes, common law and general insurance claims since 1996. She regularly advises on liability, quantum and indemnity issues. Yvette’s extensive experience across complementary disciplines allows her to bring a balanced approach to managing major incidents and catastrophic injury claims.

What she does

Yvette advises clients on complex and sensitive workers’ compensation claims and public liability claims, personal injury claims, property recovery claims, multiple party actions, indemnity and quantum issues, scheme-sensitive matters and complex litigation. She acts in matters under the Queensland WorkCover, PIPA and CTP regimes, and advises clients on claims proceedings and civil liability legislation.

Who she works with

Yvette's clients include government owned entities, insurers, self-insurers, and large employers. As the Queensland Communities and Pro Bono partner in our Brisbane office, Yvette advocates for positive change in the community through access to justice for underrepresented individuals in both metropolitan and regional Queensland, instilling the same equitable sense of purpose in the next generation of insurance professionals.

What her clients say

Yvette was recognised by both the industry and her peers in the Insurance Business Australia Elite Women 2023 report. She was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for Professional Malpractice Litigation from 2019-2021, and Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation from 2022-2024. In the 2023 Doyle’s Guide, she was named a Leading Workers Compensation & WorkCover Lawyer (Defendant) – Queensland (Recommended), and Leading Public and Product Liability Lawyer (Defendant) – Queensland 2023 (Leading).


Yvette graduated from QUT in 1993 with a Bachelor of Laws. She undertook two years' articles of clerkship before being admitted on 11 March 1996. Yvette has been an Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury Law since 2002.

Life before Sparkes

Before joining Sparke Helmore in November 2012, Yvette led the insurance practice at her former firm, MacDonnells Law, for more than 10 years.

Life outside of Sparkes

Yvette takes every opportunity to travel to Far North Queensland and other tropical places with her family. She also enjoys hobbies as diverse as book-collecting and fishing.

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