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Released 05/21

Gilchrist Connell – ‘Controlled Explosion’ Growth and Principal Promotions

 Leading insurance sector law firm Gilchrist Connell has substantially boosted its leadership team with the promotion of five highly talented lawyers to Principal, effective July 2021.  These promotions raise the proportion of females at Principal level to more than 30%, and expand the firm’s leadership in line with its rapid growth over recent months – a net increase in headcount of over 30% since December 2020.

This ‘controlled explosion’ expansion, across all practice areas and all offices, has positioned the firm to effectively respond to surging client demand, generated by an increase in major claims and the impact of challenging business conditions during and post-Covid.

As part of this substantial growth dynamic, the firm has recognised standout performances in practice development and client service by promoting five highly deserving individuals, including three female lawyers, effective early FY 2022 in Sydney and Adelaide.

“These new promotions are an exciting development for our teams, boosting leadership in key and specialist practice areas including medical malpractice, cyber and IT, insolvency and restructuring, construction and EPL,” said Managing Principal Richard Wood.

Gilchrist Connell congratulates:


Daniela Faggionato

Daniela runs a successful casualty practice and also leads the firm’s health and medical malpractice team in NSW, supplementing the firm’s busy existing practice.

Nitesh Patel

Nitesh heads the firm’s cyber team and is key to GC’s technology practice.  He is widely recognised for his exceptional expertise in these thriving practice areas.

Hannah Griffiths

Hannah heads GC’s fast-growing restructuring & insolvency practice and also leads the firm’s recovery practice.  She holds a Masters in Law, and was elected to the ARITA NSW-ACT Division Committee for 2021/2022.


Samantha Hocking

Samantha holds a Masters of Construction Law and oversees a rapidly growing construction practice in SA.   She is a senior member of the firm’s national construction team, and runs a busy casualty practice.

Jamie Ling

Jamie runs a broad practice, including a specialty in EPL and workplace law and enjoys a strong following from clients in the casualty and PI space.

“As well as elevating these outstanding senior lawyers, we are preparing our capacity and capability to meet the needs of ongoing demand and growth activity through to early FY22 and beyond,” said Richard.

The firm looks forward to announcing further promotions and recruits in the coming weeks and months.