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Gilchrist Connell promotes 12, hires 7

National law firm Gilchrist Connell, which has five offices across the country, has elevated 12 lawyers to more senior roles and has also appointed a further seven senior practitioners.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 07 July 2023 Big Law
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Gilchrist Connell has continued to grow, elevating 12 lawyers across the country.

The firm’s new special counsel are Adriana Reina and Thomas Dayman.

Its new senior associates are Reece Qose, James Kyrios, Caitlin Hawthorne, Arvand Ghazizadeh, and Katrina Sweet, while its new associates are Nicholas Waight, Linda Zeng, Shakti Srikanth, and Cassandra McAlary.


As of 1 July 2023, the Gilchrist Connell partnership split will be 40 per cent female to 60 per cent male. Sixty-one per cent of fee earners at the firm identify as female and 39 per cent male, and its gender split at the firm level is 73 per cent female to 27 per cent male.

All promotions were effective as of 1 July.

Elsewhere, Connell has bolstered its senior ranks with a further three special counsel and four senior associates.

Its new special counsel are Amanda Tucker, Emily Payne, and Jessica O’Dell, and its new senior associates are Hanna Kim Hong, Joshua Noney, Selma Causevic, and Myles Bryant.

Speaking about the promotions and hires, Gilchrist Connell managing principal Richard Wood said: “We work hard to make sure we get the right people in the door to do good work for great clients.

“The calibre of the GC lawyers being promoted, as well as the senior hires joining us across our network, is therefore particularly pleasing.”

The news follows the firm’s promotion of a special counsel to principal in mid-June, as well as its hiring of a new principal in late May.

The news also follows recent promotions rounds in the profession, including: Clayton Utz promoting 64 on Tuesday, 4 July; Dentons promoting 14, including four to partner, on Monday, 3 July; Carroll & O’Dea elevating 17, also on the 3rd; MinterEllison promoting 91 on Friday, 30 June; three Australians making partner at Baker McKenzie on Friday; Colin Biggers & Paisley promoting 13 on Friday; Clyde & Co naming 13 new senior associates, as reported on Monday, 3 July; Meridian elevating 12 lawyers, also reported on the 3rd; Allens promoting 70 on Thursday, 29 June; the elevation of eight, including four to partner, at PCL Lawyers, also on Thursday, the 29th; IPH promoting 25, including seven to principal, also on Thursday, the 29th; Russell Kennedy’s promotion of 18 on Wednesday, 28 June; Slater & Gordon promoting 46; Holman Webb elevating eight and nabbing three new partners from BigLaw rivals, also on Wednesday, the 28th; Herbert Smith Freehills’ elevation of 46 to senior associate on Tuesday, 27 June; the promotion of 12, including three to partner, at Arnold Bloch Leibler, on Tuesday, the 27th; Holding Redlich’s promotion of 41 lawyers to more senior roles, also on 27 June; Hamilton Locke’s elevation of 14 across its firm and one in its allied business, on Tuesday; HopgoodGanim’s promotion of 25, including four to partner on Monday, 26 June; Hicksons’ promotion of 10, also on Monday; McCabes’ elevation of 13 to more senior roles, also on Monday; King & Wood Mallesons’ promotion of 77 lawyers, including 44 to senior associate, on Friday, 23 June; Wotton + Kearney elevated 34, including four to partner, also on Friday; Barry Nilsson promoting 21 on Thursday, 22 June; Hall & Wilcox promoting 48, including five to partner, on Wednesday, 21 June; McCullough Robertson elevated 17 lawyers, including two to partner, on Tuesday, 20 June; 55 being promoted as part of Mills Oakley’s EOFY promotions round on Monday, 19 June; the promotion of 23 at Thomson Geer on the same day; the elevation of 26 to more senior roles at Piper Alderman, also on the 19th; six new partners in Australia at King & Wood Mallesons announced on 16 June; the promotion of seven to partner at Gadens on 15 June; the elevation of 18 at the start of June at Johnson Winter Slattery, followed by its promotion of five to partner in late June; 35 senior promotions at Lander & Rogers in early June; four senior hires for MinterEllison’s consulting arm earlier this month; seven to partner at Moray & Agnew in late May; three new partners at Corrs Chambers Westgarth, also in late May; seven named as special counsel at Clyde & Co in early May; two new partners at DLA Piper as announced in late April; three new partners at Allen & Overy from April; seven to counsel roles at Herbert Smith Freehills in the same week and 10 to partner in Australia a week earlier; and the elevation of 13 to the partnership at Ashurst in mid-April.