Australian law firm Gilchrist Connell has welcomed four senior lawyers across its Perth, Sydney and Melbourne offices.
Lotta Noel has been appointed special counsel, while Janet Barron, Emily Bowler and Arthur Hambas have been appointed senior associate.
Ms Noel is based in Perth and is described by Gilchrist Connell as an experienced insurance law adviser with a focus on all aspects of defending litigated and non-litigated CTP (motor vehicle personal injury) claims of varying size and complexity.
Ms Barron, also based in Perth, focuses on medical treatment liability work, including public hospitals and privately indemnified health practitioners, the firm said, noting that her practice builds upon her clinical experience in various health settings both in Western Australia and London.
Touted as an “all-rounder” in the insurance sector, Ms Bowler has covered the full spectrum of insurance law matters and prior to joining the firm was associate to a Magistrate at the ACT Magistrates and Children’s Court, as a plaintiff lawyer and more recently as a defendant insurance lawyer. She is currently based in Sydney.
Meanwhile, Melbourne-based Mr Hambas is an experienced employment lawyer with an established practice providing specialist advice and representation in all areas of employment law and workplace relations, having acted for clients in litigated disputes involving termination of employment, statutory discrimination, and bullying and harassment, among other matters.
“We are delighted to welcome these outstanding senior lawyers as we continue to build our capacity and capability to meet the ongoing demand of our clients in key areas,” said Gilchrist Connell managing principal Richard Wood.
“The high percentage of female appointments is particularly pleasing, and in keeping with the trend we are seeing across the firm. Females represent 68 per cent of our workforce, 53 per cent of fee-earner positions and 50 per cent of the executive team, providing a strong foundation for future female progression.”