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Barry Nilsson takes three from Gadens

Barry Nilsson takes three from Gadens


Two partners and one special counsel have left Gadens for Barry Nilsson’s Sydney insurance team.

Senior insurance partners Wendy Blacker and Con Kakakios, along with special counsel Rory O’Connor, have made the switch from Gadens to Barry Nilsson.

This week Barry Nilsson also announced the appointment of former Wotton + Kearney associate Jack Geng as a senior associate at the firm.

These appointments follow that of Simon Black, who joined the firm in July last year.

Ms Blacker worked at Gadens for 17 years, most recently as head of the Sydney corporate risk and insurance law practice.

Mr Kakakios specialises in personal injury law and has experience acting for insurers, self-insureds and government agencies, including areas such as public liability, professional negligence, travel and life insurance and personal injury claims.

Mr O’Connor has experience in the areas of insurance, litigation and professional discipline, having represented clients before the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court of Australia and various tribunals.

Mr Geng is also an experienced litigation and insurance law practitioner, having acted in a range of indemnity and other matters for both insurers and insureds.

“After opening our Sydney office in 2014 and in Melbourne last July, these latest appointments demonstrate Barry Nilsson’s success in expanding beyond our Brisbane base,” said Barry Nilsson managing partner Don Leembruggen.

Wendy Blacker

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