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Released 09/21

Four senior appointments across key areas to meet client demand

Gilchrist Connell, a leading Australian insurance sector law firm, is delighted to welcome four new senior lawyers to the firm. Lotta Noel (Special Counsel), Janet Barron (Senior Associate), Emily Bowler (Senior Associate) and Arthur Hambas (Senior Associate) have joined our Perth, Sydney and Melbourne offices.

“We are delighted to welcome these outstanding senior lawyers as we continue to build our capacity and capability to meet the ongoing demand of our clients in key areas,” said Managing Principal Richard Wood. “The high percentage of female appointments is particularly pleasing, and in keeping with the trend we are seeing across the firm. Females represent 68% of our workforce, 53% of fee-earner positions and 50% of the executive team, providing a strong foundation for future female progression.” he said.

The firm warmly welcomes:

Special Counsel

Lotta Noel [Perth]

Lotta is an experienced insurance law advisor with a focus on all aspects of defending litigated and non-litigated CTP (motor vehicle personal injury) claims of varying size and complexity. She is experienced in assessing complex large loss claims involving catastrophic injury, fatal accident claims and claims where liability is in issue.

Senior Associate

Janet Barron [Perth]

Janet focuses on medical treatment liability work, including public hospitals and privately indemnified health practitioners. Janet’s practice builds upon her solid and extensive clinical experience in various health settings both in Western Australia and London. A former general, intensive and coronary care nurse, midwife and tutor on medical negligence law, Janet’s progression into health-related law was natural and logical.

Emily Bowler [Sydney]

Emily is an all-rounder in the insurance sector, having experienced every angle of a case from previous roles behind the bench and behind both sides of the bar table. Prior to joining Gilchrist Connell, Emily gained experience as an Associate to a Magistrate at the ACT Magistrates and Children’s Court, as a plaintiff lawyer and more recently as a defendant insurance lawyer. Emily advises on liability, indemnity and quantum issues across personal injury litigation, motor vehicle accidents, public liability, medical negligence and workers’ compensation matters, specialising in statutory and common law claims particularly where jurisdictional, dual insurance and recoveries issue

Arthur Hambas [Melbourne]

Arthur is an experienced employment lawyer with an established practice providing specialist advice and representation in all areas of employment law and workplace relations. Arthur has significant experience acting for clients in litigated disputes involving termination of employment, statutory discrimination, bullying and harassment, employee entitlements, industrial instruments and common law contracts of employment.