Quentin Owen (pictured) left his role as partner at Cooper Grace Ward to take up the position of principal at Gilchrist Connell, while Leah Vida left her role as senior associate to take up the position of special counsel, and Stephanie Renda came across as an associate.
Mr Owen has more than 35 years of experience as a solicitor and barrister acting in complex and catastrophic personal injury claims, conducting prosecutions for the Motor Accident Insurance Commission and investigating and defending claims involving arson and fraudulent activities.
His experience and approach to insurance litigation has earned him recognition as a leading individual in insurance by Chambers & Partners in 2011, listed by Best Lawyers for insurance and personal injury litigation each year since 2013 and listed as a leading lawyer in Public & Occupier Liability (Defendant) and Motor Vehicle Accident & CTP (Defendant) in Doyle’s Guide 2015.
Ms Vida and Ms Renda have both worked exclusively for major insurers and self-insurers since their admission to practise and have gained extensive experience in the defence of compulsory third party claims and legal liability claims.
"The firm considers itself very fortunate to have managed to lure a team of such quality as Quentin's," said Richard Wood, managing principal of Gilchrist Connell.
"As well as providing us with a stronger presence in Queensland, these three excellent lawyers greatly enhance our ability to service CTP and liability insurers nationally."
Earlier this year Gilchrist Connell appointed three new principals and two special counsel across its Sydney, Perth and Adelaide offices.
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