Background triangle

Media Releases

Released 07/17

Gilchrist Connell promotes across Australia

Specialist insurance law firm Gilchrist Connell today announces promotions in four of its five offices, including Verginia Serdev-Patterson to Special Counsel, and Carla Turner and Rosa Raco to Senior Associate. In total, the firm is announcing nine promotions across its Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide offices. This news comes as we heartily congratulate Brisbane Senior Associate Naazihah Jamal on her fantastic win in the insurance category at the 2017 30 Under 30 Awards.

The new promotions in each office are:


Carla Turner to Senior Associate

Ellen Davis to Associate

Tim Graham to Associate


Rosa Raco to Senior Associate

Laura Gaffey to Associate

Jessica O’Dell to Associate

Rosa, Laura and Jessica are also the new faces of the firm’s growing national EPL / ML practice, and a further announcement will follow.


Verginia Serdev-Patterson to Special Counsel

Ryan Tozer to Associate


Stephanie Barbara to Associate

“It’s a clear indicator of our progress and evolution that such a large number of staff are being recognized and promoted. We keep the bar high so I can say unequivocally that these lawyers have consistently performed outstandingly well and are highly deserving of their new roles,” said Managing Principal Richard Wood.

Gilchrist Connell won the Australian Law Awards ‘Insurance Team of the Year 2016’, is listed in the 2017 Best Lawyers Global Edition, is ranked in Chambers, features in the ‘fastest growing’ law firm lists published by Australasian Lawyer and The Australian, and was recently ranked Australia’s most flexible legal workplace.  The firm was the first and remains the only specialist insurance law firm with offices in every Australian mainland state.

For further information please contact:


Richard Wood, Managing Principal, Adelaide Office

Direct: +618 8215 7001

Mobile: 0403 069 807