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 advises insurers, self-insureds, and charitable organisations on sensitive and complex psychiatric claims. 

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.


CAREER highlights


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

Awards and recognition

  • Best Lawyers Australia 2022 | Health and Aged Care Law
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2022 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2021 | Health and Aged Care Law
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2020 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2019 | Insurance Law
  • Best Lawyers Australia 2018 | Insurance Law

community involvement

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


Client Solutions

International Insurance Company of Hannover SE
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
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 
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.


Keely Graham's INSIGHTS

Exploring the Boundaries of Vicarious Liability: A Case Study in Historical Abuse Cases Beyond Employment
Buyer Beware – Solicitor Not Negligent Giving Conveyancing Advice
Notification of Circumstances Under s40(3) ICA. MS Amlin Corporate Member Limited v LU Simons Builders Pty Ltd
Insurers’ Subrogation Issues in Class Actions
AFCA Insurance Broker Decisions 1/1/19 to 31/12/20
Australian Parliamentary Inquiry: Litigation Funding and Class Actions

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