Nieva Connell has joined Mills Oakley’s Melbourne office from Barry.Nilsson., where she had been a partner since 2015.
Ms Connell advises clients on insurance claims and on coverage disputes, particularly those involving public liability around personal injury and property damage, professional indemnity with a particular focus on real estate matters, product liability and first party industrial special risks, Mills Oakley has said.
Her expertise extends through complex litigation and has seen her defend a number of prominent class actions, it was highlighted.
Ms Connell’s clients include national, multinational and international insurers.
Mills Oakley’s CEO John Nerurker said “Nieva’s arrival will add considerable depth to our Melbourne insurance capability”.
He added that the firm’s insurance clients “have expressed a clear preference for firms which not only have a national footprint, but also a broad offering in each location”.
Ms Connell expressed her attraction to the firm by way of the strength of the Mills Oakley brand and its long-standing commitment to the insurance industry.
She said that “servicing the insurance sector is about having a depth of understanding of the needs of your clients, and providing a compelling value proposition”.
“Mills Oakley is known for its leading expertise across a broad spectrum of risk types and its innovative approach to client service,” she continued.
“I am genuinely excited to be part of the team.”
Mills Oakley has recently hired a new partner for its corporate practice group, as well as appointed another partner to its insolvency and mortgage recovery practice, both in the firm’s Brisbane office.