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Released 09/22

Gilchrist Connell named a 5 Star Employer of Choice for the third year in a row

Gilchrist Connell’s commitment to positive workplace practices has seen it named by Australasian Lawyer as a 5 Star Employer of Choice 2022.

Recognised by Australasian Lawyer as a 5 Star Employer of Choice for the third year running, Gilchrist Connell has been celebrated for providing an inclusive and supportive working environment, as well as a favourable working schedule and progressive culture.

Managing Principal, Richard Wood, was quoted in a special report into the future of the legal workplace that accompanied the announcement, as attributing the firm’s success in this area to being able to adjust to what employees need. “We offer a targeted benefits program which is developed based on what our people tell us will make a difference to them. We pride ourselves on being flexible and catering for the needs of the individual where we can, and this approach has seen us emerge relatively unscathed on the people front after COVID,” he says.

“We certainly see benefits in having our teams together in the office some of the time – to foster the team spirit, to learn from others, exchange ideas and collaborate face-to-face. But, having seen how well we’ve done over the last few years, the very last thing we want to do is to dictate to our people when and why they should be in office or working from home,” he explains.

To be named a 5 Star Employer of Choice, Gilchrist Connell needed to satisfy a team of independent researchers as to our competitiveness across several criteria, namely remuneration, training and professional development, career progression, diversity and inclusion, access to technology and resources, communication, leadership, work-life balance, health and wellbeing, reward and recognition, and recruitment.

Chief People Officer, Belinda Cohen, said of the recognition, “It is particularly pleasing given our continued focus on providing a positive working environment with an inclusive culture where the individual matters.”

About Gilchrist Connell

Gilchrist Connell is a leading insurance sector law firm that operates across all Australian jurisdictions from its five offices. The firm’s fresh approach to legal services sets it apart. Gilchrist Connell is trusted by clients across Australia to provide commercial advice and representation. The team of over 140 lawyers advises insurers, brokers, underwriting agencies, self-insureds, insureds and businesses operating nationally and internationally across all lines of insurance. We also provide employment, WHS, restructuring and insolvency, corporate and commercial advice, and front-end solutions, to businesses, including the insurance sector, at all stages of their life cycle.

With a genuine “people first” approach and inclusive culture, Gilchrist Connell delivers rewarding careers that offer real work-life balance and flexibility. The firm is committed to advancing its contribution to social justice and addressing access to justice issues for groups facing disadvantage and marginalisation.