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Emily Clarke

Head of Disputes – Australia, Alternative Legal Services

Emily leads Alternative Legal Services’ Disputes practice in Australia. 



Emily is responsible for the strategic management of the Alternative Legal Services (ALT) Disputes practice in Australia.

Working closely with her colleagues across ALT’s global network, Emily leads an experienced and growing team of qualified lawyers, legal analysts and eDiscovery specialists based across Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. The Disputes Team within ALT is responsible for delivering high quality legal review services for high-volume and document-intensive legal work. They work on litigations, arbitrations, internal and external investigations and contentious regulatory matters.

Emily is focussed on developing innovative, flexible and cost-competitive solutions to help clients respond to challenges which arise over the life of a Disputes matter, from early claim assessment to document disclosure, ADR processes and hearing preparation. She also develops solutions to help clients with internal and external investigations and claims assessments, with a view to alleviating internal cost and resourcing pressures.

Before taking up her role with ALT in 2020, Emily was a Senior Associate in our Disputes team in Perth. She practiced across a broad range of disputes matters, with a focus on the oil and gas industry and project dispute work. She has advised and represented clients in a number of large scale disputes, focussing on the areas of contract, administrative and native title law.


Emily joined Freehills in 2005, commenced as a graduate in 2010 and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2015.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters in Professional Accounting (with High Distinction). She is admitted to practice in the Victorian Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.