Barry.Nilsson. appoints four principals

The new principals are part of a 23-strong promotions round

Barry.Nilsson. appoints four principals


Barry.Nilsson. has elevated 23 lawyers, including four appointed as principals.

Promoted to principal are Colby Treasure, Katie Swain, Samantha Pillay, and Will Stidston. The four bring the firm’s principal headcount to 31.

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The firm has also promoted seven special counsel, four senior associates, and eight associates.

Treasure joined the firm in October and specialises in workers’ compensation, public liability, employers’ liability, and CTP.

Swain, a part of the insurance and health team in Melbourne, has extensive experience in property damage claims and specific expertise in subrogated recoveries.

Pillay is known for her work in health, particularly medical malpractice and professional indemnity.

Stidston, who has technical expertise in complex financial family matters, will lead the firm’s family law practice in Melbourne alongside Jane Koelmeyer.

Colby Treasure, Katie Swain, Samantha Pillay, and Will Stidston

“These promotions reflect Barry.Nilsson.’s commitment to nurturing our young talent and growing a strong and capable senior stable of lawyers,” said Don Leembruggen, Barry.Nilsson. managing director. “These promotions also illustrate the substantial investment we are making across our practice groups to ensure we have excellent lawyers with outstanding technical skills for the benefit of our clients.”

The firm’s newest special counsel, who are all part of the insurance practice, are:

  • Thomas Byrne (NSW)
  • Nathan Buck (NSW)
  • Nick Bell (NSW)
  • Jason Hart (WA)
  • Emily Schneider (VIC)
  • Lisa Hulcombe (QLD)
  • Meredith Jacobs (QLD)

The firm’s newest senior associates are also all part of the insurance team. They are:

  • Mitchell Hauser (QLD)
  • Venessa Werynski (QLD)
  • Ashlee Bonanno (QLD)
  • Kingsley Grimshaw (QLD)

The firm’s newest associates are:

  • Michael Donnelly – Real estate and commercial (QLD)
  • Chantal Kirkwood – Real estate and commercial (QLD)
  • Yen Tran – Insurance (QLD)
  • Olivia Pine – Insurance (QLD)
  • Brett Sherwin – Insurance (QLD)
  • Lucy Kelsey – Insurance (QLD)
  • Caitlin Elliott – Family (VIC)
  • Emma Blay – Estates (QLD)

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