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Gilchrist Connell

Insurance

Band 4AustraliaAsia-Pacific 2021 View ranking table

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What the team is known for

Accomplished insurance boutique assisting insurers with a broad range of contentious issues, including financial lines, professional indemnity, public liability, casualty and construction-related claims. Also operates on life insurance, subrogated recovery and policy coverage matters. Broad geographical spread with offices situated in every mainland state in Australia, complemented by recent new hires and augmented by membership of the international Harmonie Group of risk industry-focused law firms.

Strengths

Clients are quick to emphasise the highly pragmatic nature of the team's approach and the cost benefits that flow from this, one noting: "We see them as being very sensible and very cost-effective, providing practical recommendations which will actually progress the matter rather than spending time looking into niche issues that are very unlikely to arise." Another says: "Gilchrist Connell’s focus on the early resolution of claims makes them a standout in terms of cost-effectiveness and control of the duration of claim files."

More than one client identifies this as a practice that is clearly consolidating its market presence, one observing: "We really like the team they are building, and they have made some recent hires that we think have really strengthened them."

Work highlights

Acted, on the instructions of the relevant insurer, for an insured trustee in bankruptcy facing a claim for compensation under the terms of the New South Wales Real Property Act. The case was litigated successfully at first instance, in the Full Court of the Federal Court and in the High Court.

Notable practitioners

Managing principal Richard Wood is a key contact for clients.

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