Gilchrist Connell welcomes D&O and professional indemnity specialist as principal

She takes on the new role after eight years with Moray & Agnew

Gilchrist Connell welcomes D&O and professional indemnity specialist as principal

Gilchrist Connell has welcomed D&O and professional indemnity specialist Celia Wright as a principal in its Sydney office.

Wright has over 20 years of experience in representing corporate entities, directors and officers in disputes, litigation, regulatory investigations and Royal Commissions. She would also represent accountants, trustees, fund managers, architects, mortgage brokers and solicitors in civil litigation and disciplinary matters.

In addition, Wright has extensive experience in Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) investigations and proceedings, including matters arising out of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and alleged breaches of criminal and civil penalty provisions of the Corporations Act.

Prior to joining Gilchrist Connell, she was most recently a partner at Moray & Agnew.

“Celia’s appointment to our PI and D&O practice supports our commitment to provide strategic and commercial advice to clients in this key area of demand. Celia is a seasoned practitioner and we are very pleased to have her on board,” said Richard Wood, managing principal at Gilchrist Connell.

Wright’s hire follows a series of senior female appointments at Gilchrist Connell, including special counsel Christine Westlake in the Melbourne office and senior associate Emily Brett in the Brisbane office. At the end of FY2022, the Gilchrist Connell partnership split was 40% female to 60% male.

“I am thrilled by this opportunity to join the Gilchrist Connell team and continue the expansion of its excellent D&O and PI practice,” Wright said. “It is a very exciting time to join the firm.”

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