Insurance firm appoints Melbourne principal
National insurance firm Gilchrist Connell has announced a new principal for the new year in its Melbourne office.
A litigator for more than ten years, Marini Mann, an insurance lawyer, has been announced into the role.
Noting Ms Mann’s experience across all categories of insurance, the firm has highlighted her particular focus on professional indemnity, public and product liability claims.
The Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards 2018 finalist has previously acted in claims defending accountants, financial planners, taxation agents, insolvency practitioners, real estate agents, architects, and structural engineers.
Her “significant experience” has also seen her defending public liability claims (including catastrophic injuries, psychiatric injury, education law claims, coronial matters and recoveries) as well as strata insurance claims and product liability matters, the firm has stated.
Representing clients across jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of Victoria, VCAT, federal courts, and the County Court, Gilchrist Connell has also noted Ms Mann’s regular presentation of seminars and workshops on insurance and risk management topics to lawyers and non-legal audiences.
Commenting on Ms Mann's promotion, managing principal Richard Wood said “Marini is enormously deserving of her promotion – having achieved that rare balance of excellent technical skills, empathy, efficiency and seeking better paths to early and effective outcomes”.
“She is a natural leader and very generous with her time and expertise in volunteering with the Victorian Claims Discussion Group – as well as tirelessly mentoring and nurturing junior legal staff into rising stars," he continued.
Gilchrist Connell has also promoted Melbourne’s Tegan Conserdyne and Perth’s Steven de la Nougerede to the position of associate, effective 1 January, in recognition of their outstanding, ‘can-do’ approach and exceptional contributions, the firm said.