January 8, 2017

Clyde & Co Australia practice adds three new senior lawyers

Global law firm Clyde & Co has added three senior lawyers in the insurance and property sectors to the firm's growing Australian operation.

Gavin Beardsell has joined our Sydney office as a senior consultant. His experience in insurance law includes acting for defendants and insurers in a number of class actions commenced in the Federal Court of Australia, the NSW Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria by shareholders in ASX listed companies, debenture holders and other investors. Gavin also defends claims against professionals, financial institutions, directors and officers and provides policy coverage/indemnity advice to insurers.

Gavin was most recently a partner at Gilchrist Connell in Sydney.  Prior to Gilchrist Connell, he was a partner at insurance law firm Berrymans Lace Mawer (now BLM) based in London where he advised a number of the UK's leading insurers and acted for their insureds for more than 10 years.

In Melbourne Seamus Gunson recently joined as a consultant. Seamus' practice covers all aspects of residential, commercial, industrial and retail property, including sales and acquisitions, leasing, due diligence, subdivisions and industrial developments. His clients include leading property trusts and corporations, investors, commercial landlords, tenants and property developers. Seamus has also worked closely with property clients, particularly in South East Asia, but also in Europe. Seamus was previously a partner at HWL Ebsworth.

In Sydney we will soon also welcome Ronan Guyomarc'h as a Special Counsel. Ronan is an insurance claims and dispute resolution specialist with qualifications in both Australian and French law.

He will join Clyde & Co from Gilchrist Connell where he was a consultant. Ronan has 13 years’ experience with a major international insurer managing a wide ranging portfolio of directors and officers liability, professional indemnity, financial institutions liability, employment practices liability, general liability and excess insurance claims.

Ronan’s practice includes assisting coverage counsel in a number of class action claims and defending professional indemnity claims. Ronan is also a policy coverage expert, often advising insurers on complex policy interpretation.