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Released 06/24

Gilchrist Connell welcomes two principals and a special counsel to its national liability team

Two distinguished litigation partners – Melissa Fenton and Candice Ingleton – have joined Gilchrist Connell’s national insurance practice, consolidating its position as one of Australia’s leading insurance sector law firms.

Melissa and Candice are joined by Christopher Harrison. All three are based in Sydney.

Melissa Fenton (Principal) advises insurers and professionals across various industries, dealing with general liability, including property damage and strata law, professional indemnity and general commercial insurance claims. She has practiced for over 30 years and is recognised by the industry for the calibre of her expertise.

Candice Ingleton (Principal) brings litigation expertise in general liability insurance, personal injury, professional indemnity, property damage and strata law. Candice is an active insurance industry participant and is a longstanding committee member of the Association for Women in Insurance NSW.

Melissa and Candice are supported by Christopher Harrison (Special Counsel), an experienced practitioner in general liability, professional indemnity, property damage, disciplinary proceedings and medical negligence claims, as well as historical abuse claims.

“Melissa, Candice and Chris’ appointment to Gilchrist Connell is an important milestone in our firm’s ongoing commitment to provide its clients with market leading expertise in key areas of demand. Their skillsets significantly increase our capability in Sydney in particular,” offers Managing Principal, Richard Wood.

“Melissa and Candice’s arrival continues our dedication to achieving gender equality in our leadership. We are making great strides. Our Executive is 50% female and 50% male, and 46% of our partnership is female,” notes Chief People Officer, Belinda Cohen.

These hires follow the appointment of 4 special counsel in our Melbourne, Perth and Sydney offices earlier this month.