Barry.Nilsson. brings in senior lawyers from rivals

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Barry.Nilsson. has made its national liability team stronger with the addition of senior lawyers from other firms.

Katie Swain has joined the firm as consultant in Melbourne, while Christian Breen has been appointed as special counsel in Sydney. Swain moved from Lander & Rogers, where she was a partner. Breen was previously a senior associate at Carter Newell.

Swain, who has been working exclusively in insurance for the last 14 years, specialises in property damage liability and recovery claims. She has particular expertise matters that involve the building, construction, energy, retail, and commercial sectors.

Breen is an expert in general liability, aviation liability, and complex litigation. He brings to the firm 10 years’ experience in insurance law and litigation. He acts for clients in a wide range of sectors and has extensive experience in conducting complex liability and insurance litigation both in Australia, the Asia-Pacific region, Italy, New Zealand, the UK, and the US.

Swain and Breen are both leaders in their fields and are welcome additions to Barry.Nilsson.’s continuously growing national liability team, said Don Leembruggen, the firm’s managing director.

Katie Swain and Christian Breen

“With offices in six states, Barry.Nilsson. offers a genuine national presence consisting of leading insurance and health practitioners Australia-wide,” said Andrew Price, Barry.Nilsson. COO. “Developing our national offering was not something Barry.Nilsson. rushed into. Finding the highest quality people in each state was a critical part of our growth strategy.”

In July, special counsel Corrina Dowling in Melbourne moved from the Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority, where she was workplace relations manager. The firm also recruited senior associate Jacob Luca in Melbourne that month from Lander & Rogers. In April, the firm appointed special counsel Carolyn Coventry in Sydney from Sparke Helmore.

Barry.Nilsson., which has more than 290 lawyers and legal staff, has offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, and Sydney.


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