21 Ascend in Barry Nilsson’s Latest Promotions

23 June 2023

Barry Nilsson (BN) has announced 21 promotions across its national network of offices, further bolstering the firm’s strategy to deepen its expertise in the high-demand areas of family and insurance law.

In line with its commitment to nurture and develop talent within its own legal ranks, all appointments involve the elevation of existing BN staff to more senior positions.

From 1 July, BN will appoint three new principals, two special counsel, eight senior associates and seven associates across the firm’s family law and insurance and health law practice groups and promote a marketing coordinator in business services.

BN Chief Executive Officer Graeme Walsh said the appointments reflected the firm’s commitment to foster the next generation of leaders across all core lines of business – a key pillar of BN’s 2025 strategy launched earlier this year.

“As a firm, we remain committed to nurturing talent and providing our people with career development opportunities that enable them to grow within their roles in order to deliver excellent outcomes for our clients,” Mr Walsh said.

“We are thrilled to recognise these individuals who continue to uphold BN’s core values, display a high level of skill and talent in their areas of expertise, and deliver exceptional service – both to their clients and the firm.”

The promotions will see three staff – Jason Hart (Insurance, Perth), Thea Davies (Family, Brisbane) and Genevieve Morgan (Family, Sydney) – elevated to the role of principal. Their appointments will bring the firm’s total number of principals to 40, and lift the percentage of women represented at principal level to 40 per cent.

“We’re thrilled to be able to recognise the efforts and achievements of Jason, Thea and Genevieve, reflecting their advanced technical ability, high standard of client service and strong contribution to client relationship development within their individual roles and practice areas, and as part of the wider BN team,” Mr Walsh said.

“From the clients we work with and the quality of work we do, the training, professional development and career progression we offer, alongside the initiatives and benefits available across D&I, responsible business, work-life balance, flexibility, health and wellbeing, reward and recognition, and more – we are committed to upholding our reputation as an employer of choice in the legal market.”

Earlier this year the firm executed a bold move to cement its leading role in the Australian insurance and health law market, securing an established six-member team to expand its Adelaide office and a six-member team to expand its Sydney office.

Over the past decade BN has substantially expanded its geographic footprint from one to six states, with demand for BN’s legal expertise boosted by a 7.5 per cent case load increase in the past 12 months alone.

The firm’s July 2023 promotions include:


  • Genevieve Morgan – Family (Sydney)
  • Jason Hart – Insurance (Perth)
  • Thea Davies – Family (Brisbane)

Special Counsel

  • Melissa Carius – Insurance (Brisbane)
  • Sarah Carlisle – Insurance (Brisbane)

Senior Associate

  • Brittany Anderson – Family (Brisbane)
  • Bryan Do – Family (Sydney)
  • Evan Atkinson – Insurance (Sydney)
  • Isaac Douglas – Family (Brisbane)
  • Isobel Yule – Insurance (Perth)
  • Mariella Kapetina – Insurance (Sydney)
  • Michael Chen – Insurance (Sydney)
  • Sam Aljassim – Insurance (Brisbane)


  • Amelia Keath – Insurance (Melbourne)
  • Anna-Lisa Tie – Insurance (Sydney)
  • Bertie Smallbone – Insurance (Perth)
  • Beth Royan – Insurance (Brisbane)
  • Claire Lacey – Insurance (Melbourne)
  • Jack Young – Insurance (Perth)
  • Shakira Forghani – Insurance (Brisbane)

Business Services

  • Anne Henriksen – Marketing Coordinator (Brisbane)

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