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Released 12/21

National litigation and disputes firm Gilchrist Connell promotes 13

Gilchrist Connell, a leading Australian litigation and disputes firm focussed on the insurance sector, is pleased to announce the promotion of 13 of its lawyers, across each of its five offices, effective 1 January 2022.
These promotions reflect Gilchrist Connell’s continued commitment to meet the needs of its clients by consolidating its expertise in key insurance lines (such as general liability, professional indemnity, workplace/EPL, health & medical, construction, property, and cyber lines) and complementary areas of law, such as corporate & commercial and restructuring and insolvency.

The full list of promotions is as follows:

Senior Associate

  • Kaye Lai (Adelaide): General Liability; Professional Indemnity; Construction; Cyber; and Recoveries
  • Ashleigh Allen (Adelaide): General Liability; Workers Compensation
  • Carolyn Ledinh (Sydney): Corporate & Commercial
  • Phoebe Martin (Sydney): Restructuring & Insolvency
  • James Reid (Sydney): Professional Indemnity; Health & Medical
  • Steven de la Nougerede (Perth) – Professional Indemnity & General Liability
  • Jade Wishart (Perth) – Professional Indemnity & General Liability
  • Cody Nguyen (Brisbane) – Professional Indemnity and Property
  • Nadine John (Melbourne) – Corporate & Commercial


  • Madeleine Eaton (Adelaide)
  • Katrina Sweet (Sydney)
  • Reece Qose (Melbourne)
  • Maddison Harrington (Melbourne)

“These promotions are well-deserved recognition for a group of very talented and dedicated people and reflect our ability to develop emerging talent in both key insurance lines and our broader complementary practices,” says Richard Wood, Managing Principal of Gilchrist Connell.
These promotions demonstrate the firm’s successful growth strategy of combined lateral hires and internal promotions to best meet the needs of its growing practice, most recently evidenced by the hire of senior litigator Ingrid Nunnink and her team from Marsh & Maher Richmond Bennison.