National insurance firm promotes 3 staff

By Naomi Neilson|23 January 2020

An insurance and defendant-side dispute resolution firm has promoted three of its staff to special counsel, associate and senior associate.

Gilchrist Connell promoted Nitesh Patel to special counsel in Sydney, Kate Kellendonk to senior associate in Perth and Lucinda Mullins to associate in Sydney. It follows the firm’s largest year-on-year growth since starting the firm in 2018.


“It’s an exciting time for the firm,” said managing principal Richard Wood.

“One of the most satisfying parts of our expansion is seeing the development and the advancement of our people and being able to recognise their achievements. It is our pleasure to congratulate Nitesh, Kate and Lucinda on what they have accomplished.”


Mr Patel has been instrumental in the growth of the firm’s cyber and tech practice over the last 12 months, Gilchrist Connell noted. The firm added that his clients appreciate his strategic, commercial approach to resolving matters across many contentious and non-contentious technology, privacy and data security issues.

Ms Kellendonk practices primarily in public liability, workers’ compensation liability and industrial diseases. The firm said she has developed “exceptional file management” in context of a “busy, volume practice including demanding multi-party litigation”.

Associate Ms Mullins has “distinguished herself with an exceptional work ethic”, which the firm said works with her black letter legal nous and commerciality. Ms Mullins has worked across all aspects of the Sydney practice and assists with a range of matters.

“These outstanding individuals are three of our 80-plus practitioners,” Mr Wood said.

“The firm is focused on identifying and fostering talent across the board to continually improve our performance and client service.”

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