Emily Schneider

Emily Schneider

Partner Melbourne, Australia

Emily is a Partner based in our Melbourne office.

Emily’s practice includes a focus on Financial Lines, Cyber, D&O and Professional Indemnity for a range of professionals including accountants, financial advisors, brokers and solicitors and law firms.

Emily is frequently appointed to act as defence counsel for construction and design professionals in relation to commercial, State owned and residential properties (including D&C contractors, architects, civil and fire engineers and surveyors). Her appointment relates to both design and/or construction defects as well as litigated and pre-litigated disputes arising from the cladding crisis.

Emily regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendant publishers in defamation claims ranging from high profile claims with media attention to claims arising from comments on various social media platforms.

She is recognised for her advice on coverage and subrogated recoveries.

In addition to her litigation experience in all Victorian and Commonwealth jurisdictions, Emily has also regularly acted for professionals based in Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania.

In recognition of her contribution to pro bono legal services, Emily was a Named Finalist for the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards in the category of Pro Bono Lawyers of the Year – 2017.

Work highlights

  • Acted for an architectural firm in relation to a high-value, multi-party Supreme Court of Victoria proceedings commenced by a head contractor to seek to recover rectification costs from its contractors following the design and installation of alleged combustible cladding on a large state-owned hospital
  • Acted for numerous building surveyors in response to allegations of negligent issuing of the various permits and certificates and/or negligent inspections for residential dwellings
  • Acted for a large financial services company in relation to litigation (and appeal) arising out of the collapse of the Money for Living scheme
  • Acted for numerous Australian Financial Services Licence holders and financial advisors in relation to the collapse of various publicly listed companies and managed investment schemes (including non-litigated disputes, complaints lodged with the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and litigation in the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales). A number of these disputes were anticipated to exceed the policy limit but were resolved without the need to exhaust the policy
  • Acted for mortgage manager in relation to their alleged role in relation to a range of fraudulent mortgage transactions
  • Acted in the Supreme Court of New South Wales for a private school and a number of teachers in litigation concerning an allegedly defamatory publication
  • Advising insurers on complex contractual indemnity and policy coverage issues arising in multi-party disputes