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About Us

Gilchrist Connell is a vibrant niche insurance law firm with deep industry knowledge and breadth of experience. Our fresh approach to providing legal services is what sets us apart from the rest.

Specialising across lines and borders

As we celebrate our first decade as Gilchrist Connell, we remain the only specialist insurance law firm in Australia with offices in every mainland state servicing the whole country.

We are also the first Australian law firm to join forces with exclusive international law firm network The Harmonie Group, giving us access to insurance law expertise in 31 countries.

Our unique business model is custom-built to each client to deliver insurance law solutions of the highest standard.

We advise insurers, brokers, underwriting agencies, self-insureds, insureds and businesses operating nationally and internationally across most lines of insurance.

Our growth is a testament to our service

Since opening in 2008, we have grown exponentially in response to our clients’ continued demand for quality services. By 2016, Gilchrist Connell was recognised as one of the top ten fastest growing law firms in the country by Australasian Lawyer. Our growth has fortified a collegiate culture of continuous self-improvement resulting in job satisfaction and low attrition. This means that our clients have continuity on their files and build strong relationships with us.

To achieve this solid growth and success, we work hard to stay at the forefront – constantly adapting to offer better value and results. Our clients hold us to rigorous standards, and our skills, agility and dedication have been rewarded as we continue to service many of the world’s most sophisticated, global insurers.

How we stay ahead

We understand the importance of building strong relationships with our clients and are continually responding to their changing needs. Some of our longest standing and largest clients have been re-appointing our principals to their legal panels for almost three decades. We have remained alongside them throughout the changes, disruptions and cycles of this complex and dynamic industry.

We maintain a laser focus on delivering what our clients need – a pre-eminent commercial and tailored service, knowing we are only as good as our next job. We stay highly engaged with the industry and invest strategically – implementing innovative, streamlined systems to boost productivity and client value, while actively seeking client feedback to ensure we continue to deliver a relevant, leading service.

As the world changes more rapidly, so do risks. Our areas of practice have expanded to include specialty insurance lines to manage key emerging risks including cyber and IT, life sciences, IP, social media and environmental impairment liability.

International reach

While we work across all Australian jurisdictions, we have proven experience in assisting clients with claims in New Zealand, Asia, Europe, US and the London market. In addition, we have expertise advising global insurers participating in multi-national insurance programs.

Our partnership with The Harmonie Group connects us to firms with the proven ability to serve the specific needs of the risk industry, expanding our global reach and capability to service clients in international markets.

We have more than 20 years’ experience working with the Lloyd’s market and are versed in the Lloyd’s Claim Scheme including all protocols and reporting requirements. Our experience means we understand the objectives and motivators particular to the London market. We are aware of the triggers for Lloyd’s underwriters in managing claims on the subscription platform and our reports address all key issues in a sophisticated and efficient manner.

Our market score

Gilchrist Connell was recognised as the Insurance Law Firm of the Year at the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards in 2016.

We were Insurance Specialist Firm of the Year Finalists at the Australasian Law Awards in 2017 and again in 2018.

We continue to be ranked in Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific as a leading insurance firm.

Best Lawyers has recognised 16 of our leading senior lawyers across each of our five offices in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia.

The Doyle’s Guide 2017 recognised Gilchrist Connell and 14 of our principals as leading insurance specialists across multiple practice areas, including professional indemnity, public and product liability, medical negligence and malpractice, workers compensation and CTP insurance.

Individual principals and senior staff have also achieved standout recognition. For further details of these, as well as a list of our other achievements, please visit our Awards page.

Contact us to find out how we can help you.