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Released 12/20

Principal Promotion – Workplace and Insurance

Gilchrist Connell, a leading Australian insurance sector law firm, is thrilled to announce that workplace and insurance law expert Sarah Wood will be promoted to Principal, with her appointment effective in the New Year.  This promotion will essentially be a formality, as Sarah has been piloting the firm’s workplace law / employment practices liability practice in Sydney since her arrival.

Sarah is highly regarded in the workplace relations & safety and insurance industries as a skilled advisor and litigator.  Her meteoric success since joining the firm is a testament to her deep understanding of her clients’ needs, excellent technical skills, and provision of pragmatic and expeditious advice.

“We’re really delighted to announce this news – Sarah is a true leader and held in excellent regard by clients across the insurance industry as well as in the business community – and of course, by us,” said Managing Principal Richard Wood.

“Sarah is also a strong advocate for women in the workforce, an exceptional mentor to our junior lawyers and a really good person to be around. Sarah’s appointment and guidance through our current growth phase and beyond is exactly what we need for the firm’s continuing success,” said Richard.

It’s been a particularly exciting year for the firm’s workplace practice, with the team earning national ‘top ten’ recognition throughout 2020, and national workplace practice head Joel Zyngier named as the 2020 Workplace Health and Safety Relations Partner of the Year.

In terms of its own workplace, Gilchrist Connell was a recent ‘2020 Employer of Choice’ winner.  This was a fantastic acknowledgement of the firm’s genuine ‘people first’ approach and its commitment to maintaining staff levels and conditions – along with launching new wellbeing initiatives – despite the Covid-19 disruptions.

“We’re really proud to have such incredible teams across all our practice areas, and to continue to provide our clients with the level of service, response and performance they need as we head in to 2021,” said Richard.