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Gilchrist Connell adds senior associate from Moray & Agnew

National law firm Gilchrist Connell has appointed a senior lawyer from BigLaw rival Moray & Agnew, who will sit in the firm’s national professional indemnity and D&O team.

user iconJerome Doraisamy 06 February 2024 Big Law
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Nicole Batista (pictured) has joined Gilchrist Connell and will be based in the firm’s Sydney office.

She brings, the national law firm said in a statement, “a wealth of experience” across all areas of financial lines insurance, including financial institutions, D&O liability and professional indemnity, as well as experience advising clients on high-value coverage issues, particularly in relation to financial institutions, corporate misconduct, and shareholder disputes.


She is qualified in both Australia and South Africa, routinely acts as defence counsel in claims against professionals, directors and officers and financial institutions and has advised insurers in relation to numerous class actions and regulatory proceedings in the financial sector, the firm added.

The news follows Gilchrist Connell’s recent promotion of 11 lawyers to more senior roles, including one to special counsel, six to senior associate, and four to associate, at the start of the year.

Speaking about the hire, Gilchrist Connell principal Celia Wright said: “Nicole is a key addition to the team.

“She brings a wealth of experience and is held in high regard by clients, brokers, and colleagues. Nicole’s arrival reinforces our commitment to provide clients with top-tier legal services, especially in areas of high demand like D&O, and reflects our continued growth in this area.

“We are very pleased to have Nicole on board at this exciting time.”

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