Gilchrist Connell lures top litigator and team from Melbourne firm

Women now make up more than 38% of principals at the national firm

Gilchrist Connell lures top litigator and team from Melbourne firm
Tessa Pham, Ingrid Nunnink, Victoria Pechlivanis

Gilchrist Connell has lured a top senior litigator and her team from Melbourne boutique Marsh & Maher Richmond Bennison.

Ingrid Nunnink joins Gilchrist Connell as its newest principal. She is joined by associate Tessa Pham and lawyer Victoria Pechlivanis.

“Ingrid is a natural fit for Gilchrist Connell, and her practice is highly complementary to our own in terms of its focus and client base. Having Ingrid onboard further strengthens our ability to meet ongoing client demand in the key areas of general liability, health and treatment liability and sensitive claims,” managing principal Richard Wood explained.

Nunnink takes a special interest in health law, sensitive claims and coronial inquiries, and general liability and professional indemnity matters. She is knowledgeable on general civil litigation concerns.

Her arrival at Gilchrist Connell brings the percentage of female principals at the firm to more than 38%.

“Gilchrist Connell strongly supports a combination of lateral principal hires and internal promotions to best meet the needs of our growing practice. Pleasingly, Ingrid and her team also continue the recent trend of senior female hires. The firm now has over 38% of females at principal level, and women make up 54% of our broader fee earner cohort,” chief people officer Belinda Cohen said.

Gilchrist Connell expanded by more than 35% in the past 12 months, and the firm looks to sustain this trend into the new year.

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