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Released 07/21

New Promotions and Principal Appointments

Gilchrist Connell is delighted to announce a number of July 2021 promotions across the firm.  These exceptional lawyers have been promoted across multiple offices in Special Counsel, Senior Associate and Associate positions.

“It’s always exciting to reward excellence in achievement and performance, particularly at such a dynamic time for the firm,” said Managing Principal Richard Wood.  “These elevations recognise individuals who significantly demonstrate the energy and commitment to client service that has seen the firm achieve rapid expansion, reflecting the fantastic support of our established and new clients as they respond to challenges in the market, claims and risk landscapes,” he said.

These promotions have been effected from Associate level through to Principal across the firm’s Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne offices.

The firm warmly congratulates:

Special Counsel

Sarah Tehan [Melbourne]

Sarah has extensive expertise in the management of public liability/casualty matters and complex multi-party disputes and is a skilled negotiator and team player. She recently completed a successful client secondment and her promotion to Special Counsel recognises her committed, valuable and consistent contribution to the firm and its clients.

Senior Associate

Katrina Fitzgerald [Adelaide]

Katrina is an exceptionally talented lawyer with a real love of the law, and her enthusiasm for every matter she undertakes has made her of invaluable assistance on complex matters.  She is building on her strong expertise in health law, and is recognised for her enthusiastic contribution across a range of programs and initiatives.


James Spartalis [Adelaide]

James has developed excellent technical knowledge in insurance and injury law, receiving highly positive feedback from his recent secondment with a major insurer.  He is a shining example of the firm’s values and contributes positively to the culture of the Adelaide team.

David Thomas [Melbourne]

Since starting with the firm, David has consistently demonstrated sound organisation and hard work, and been a valuable addition to the team.  This promotion recognises his professionalism, development and technical ability, and his commitment to achieving his goals is to be commended.

The firm’s newly promoted Principals have now commenced in their roles in Sydney and Adelaide:


Daniela Faggionato

Nitesh Patel

Hannah Griffiths


Samantha Hocking

Jamie Ling

“Our new promotions are key to building on growth momentum.  We’re looking forward to these outstanding individuals, as well as our large group of talented new starters across the firm, taking up their new roles and realising further opportunities to deliver the services our clients require,” said Richard.