Keely Graham

Principal  |  Insurance

(02) 8262 2722

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Keely is a commercial lawyer who is passionate about achieving excellent results for her clients.

Keely is a Principal of the firm’s Financial Lines team. She is passionate about law and insurance and believes that both are fundamental to the smooth operation of today’s society. Her passion, enthusiasm and knowledge have seen Keely recognised for her commercial, legal and insurance expertise.

Keely has advised Australian, American and European insurers, underwriting agencies and corporates for over 25 years. Her specialities involve financial lines and policy interpretation and application, with a particular focus on alternative dispute resolution and commercial, early effective outcomes, Australian financial service provider claims, policy interpretation and regulatory advice, medical malpractice, shareholder class actions and director, officer and management liability.

Keely also specialises in property‑related claims including acting for building professionals, certifiers, valuers and real estate agents.

Keely Graham is frequently asked to draft or settle policy wordings and endorsements and to advise and act on policy response, including in respect of insurance fraud.

Clients particularly value and trust Keely’s commercial appreciation of the industry, business and the claims and her ability to quickly shut down claims often before they are litigated.

Keely is highly regarded in the industry amongst her peers.  She has been continually listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia since 2014, being recognised for both insurance law and health.

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Qualifications

Bachelor Of Economics, Sydney University
Bachelor Of Laws, Sydney University
Graduate Diploma Of Applied Finance and Investment, The Securities Institute

Community Involvement

Member, Australian Insurance Law Association
Member, Association For Women In Insurance
Member, Australian Professional Indemnity Group
Immediate Past President, Medico Legal Society Of New South Wales
Steering Committee Member, Lloyds Dive In Festival (2021)

Client Solutions

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE
insurance
Client problem

One of the client’s policyholders was suspected of committing insurance fraud after her home and business were suspiciously burnt down.

outcome achieved

Keely obtained a successful judgment in favour of the insurer based on circumstantial evidence proving that the insured burnt down her home and business in order to claim insurance funds. See the decision of Worth v International Company of Hannover SE [2020] NSWSC 249 here.

Insurer Broker and Insureds
policies
Client problem

One of the broker ARs failed to renew a number of policies despite claiming they had been renewed. 

outcome achieved

Keely liaised with the broker group and its insurer to make sure there were no gaps in cover going forward. She addressed claims that arose, including negotiating very commercial outcomes and then successfully undertook recovery actions to minimise losses.

Global Medical Management Solutions Provider 
COMPANY POLICIES
Client problem

The client wanted to provide innovative medical management solutions to an Australian life and health insurance company’s customers and required assistance with the complex limits, rules and regulations.

outcome achieved

Keely liaised with the insurer on behalf of her client to reach agreements that complied with the complex requirements of Australian laws (and practice) for life insurance and health insurance and negotiated business practice requirements and contracts. This ensured the novel scheme could legally (and commercially) proceed.

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Keely Graham's INSIGHTS

Insurers’ Subrogation Issues in Class Actions

March 3, 2021

Financial Lines Insurance

AFCA Insurance Broker Decisions 1/1/19 to 31/12/20
Australian Parliamentary Inquiry: Litigation Funding and Class Actions

November 20, 2020

Financial Lines Insurance

COVID-19 Business Interruption Insurance

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