Barry Nilsson announces three principal promotions

08 June 2022

Barry Nilsson has today announced three new principal promotions across its national Insurance & Health Law practice, further bolstering its strategy to lay the foundations for the firm’s next generation of leaders.

Effective from 1 July, the newly appointed principals have been named as Dian Turner (Melbourne), Corrina Dowling (Melbourne) and Alison Hay (Hobart).

Barry Nilsson CEO Graeme Walsh said the appointments reflect the firm’s commitment to nurturing existing talent and promoting within its stable, and fostering the next generation of the firm’s leaders.

'In addition to their advanced technical ability, high standard of client service, and strong contribution to client relationship development, Dian, Corrina and Alison are being recognised for the leadership qualities they’ve consistently upheld within their individual roles and practice areas, and as part of the wider BN team.'

'We are thrilled to be able to recognise their efforts and achievements in this way and look forward to watching their continued success as leaders of the firm.'

The latest appointments bring the firm’s total number of principals to 35 across its practice areas nationally, and its female representation at principal level to 34 per cent; above the national industry average of 30 per cent.1

'While there is still a way to go to increase and improve equality across the legal landscape more broadly, it is pleasing to see the progress that has and is being made across the industry.'

'Fostering a truly inclusive work environment is at the forefront of Barry.Nilsson.’s culture, and we’re proud to see this being reflected in our national leadership team with the promotion of these three high performing female practitioners.'

Dian Turner specialises in public and product liability, and property damage. She has extensive experience advising both insurer and self-insured clients on indemnity, quantum and liability issues related to claims across a number of industries, in particular labour hire, construction and infrastructure, sport leisure, entertainment and manufacturing.

Corrina Dowling is an expert in employment practices liability claims and has helped lead the firm’s national Employment & Safety team for the past four years. She has significant experience working both in-house and in private practice, and has assisted clients on a wide range of employment issues, including unfair dismissals, restraints of trade, bullying, unlawful discrimination, employment agreements and more.

Alison Hay manages a broad range of claims, including public liability matters involving complex injury and abuse, property damage, professional indemnity and workers’ compensation. She has acted for insurers, insureds, self-insureds, underwriters and brokers with a special focus on construction, financial institutions, health care and local government.

[1] The state of the profession 2021 - Law Society Journal (

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