WHO WE ARE

John Connelly
PRINCIPAL


When John speaks, people listen.

John is a highly skilled advisor to the insurance sector. He is called upon to provide advice in the most complex matters ranging from personal injuries to financial mismanagement and breaches of professional duties.

Clients seek John’s advice because of his ability to canvas and consider extremely large and complex claims in the context of a policy or legislative framework and then convey the advice simply and clearly.

His extensive expertise and experience means he is called upon to assist in management discussions with insurers and key insurance industry leaders when developing appropriate strategies, whether by way of scheme/protocol reform and/or legislative interpretation and amendment.

Whilst John has particular experience and expertise in the compulsory third party sector, he also assists clients with complex claims across a range of practice lines including professional indemnity, financial mismanagement, property claims and health practitioners.

John is commonly appointed as counsel to provide formal advice and conduct complex negotiations and mediations often in lieu of the appointment of senior counsel. He is respected across the insurance sector by clients, peers and associated experts.

Andrew Fisher
PRINCIPAL


Andrew is a go-to property and business advisor.

He has developed a reputation for providing outstanding service and expertise for clients seeking property and business advice and services.

His clients rely upon him for technical proficiency but also appreciate the pragmatic and perceptive approach he brings to property and commercial transactions.

Andrew assists small and large businesses and organisations with commercial and property strategies including purchase, sale and leasing, business structure support, contract creation and implementation and community titles.

Andrew supports a wide range of clients either involved in property matters or looking to develop their property portfolio.

He regularly assists with the sale and purchase of businesses, entity establishments, partnership and shareholder agreements, supply contracts, and other commercial contracts.

His clients include local and interstate businesses with interests throughout Australia.

Andrew provides assistance across a wide range of industries and sectors including defence, hotels, retirement villages, medical/dental, universities, major shopping centres and markets, telecommunications and business and government property developments.

Holly Gardner
SPECIAL COUNSEL


Holly is a negotiator.

Holly has over 20 years of professional experience specialising in the areas of employment and commercial litigation covering a wide range of jurisdictions including the High Court of Australia, Supreme Court of South Australia, Supreme Court of Western Australia, South Australian Employment Tribunal, Medical Board of Australia and Guardianship Board of South Australia. Holly is known for her strong negotiation skills in court matters and achieving the best possible outcome for her clients in a sensible and cost-effective way.

Holly has an exceptional ability to understand her client's needs and expectations, having worked in a variety of legal roles. This includes experience as in-house counsel for a national medical defence company, not only learning and understanding the intricacies of the business but also resolving the various legal issues arising within a large corporate framework.

Holly's clients include individuals, small and medium sized businesses, as well as high net worth local and interstate corporate entities. Holly's clients cover a range of industries and sectors, including manufacturers, wholesale suppliers, universities, transport industry, Aboriginal corporations, medical and the property sector.

Holly advises clients on all aspects of employment issues including resolving complex enterprise bargaining agreements, workplace disputes, legislative compliance and drafting employment contracts and contractor agreements. We are very pleased to welcome Holly to our firm and look forward to her assisting you with your employment and litigation requirements.

Amanda Harley
PRINCIPAL


Amanda keeps a cool head in high risk claims.

Mandy manages one of the largest insurer personal injury portfolios in South Australia. Her expertise covers complex and catastrophic injuries such as spinal injuries, brain injuries and loss of limb or significant function.

Clients refer their most complex and high risk claims to Mandy not only because they trust her skill and experience, but also her ability to manage the extensive issues associated with such claims in an engaging, sensitive and sensible manner.

These claims require a very specific skill set. They are the claims of highest risk for the insurer not only in financial terms but also with regards to reputation.

Mandy is highly regarded not only by clients, but also amongst her peers, including claimants' solicitors, and the many experts and service providers linked to claims she works on.

Mandy works for insurers throughout Australia and partners with national and international medical and other experts as required. She never loses sight of the genuine empathy required when dealing with an injured person, or their family and friends.

Mandy’s intuitive and calm approach has also seen her assist clients beyond the insurance sector including in businesses across the health industry. She has also provided support in the management of abuse claims in the not-for-profit sector.

Rick Harley
PRINCIPAL


Rick is the ultimate team man.

His ability to bring people together to solve the most difficult issues has seen many of his clients grow and succeed beyond even their own expectations.

Rick is dedicated to understanding the client and providing support best suited to achieving their desired outcomes. Whether that is a small business looking for commercial support in dealing with contractual issues or a large national organisation looking to introduce a new strategic direction, Rick is there side by side with his clients to ensure the job gets done.

Rick is also able to call upon a substantial network of fellow specialists across industries to achieve exceptional results. His commercial skill and expertise is keenly sought by national publicly listed companies, state and federal government departments, as well as substantial not-for profit, community and SME businesses.

Rick assists clients across a range of industries including not-for-profit, liquor-licensing, property and development, major projects and conveyancing. He is dedicated to his clients and has supported their work through his extensive board and trustee representation.

Amanda Humble
PRINCIPAL


Amanda knows Liquor Licensing.

Amanda is one of South Australia’s leading and most experienced Liquor Licence and Gaming Licence Lawyers servicing the Adelaide Metropolitan Area, Regional and Country South Australia, and interstate clients. This experience covers all aspects of Liquor and Gaming Law, including buying and selling Hotels and Licensed Premises, applications for new Liquor Licences, variations to existing Liquor Licences and compliance advice and disciplinary actions.

She also specialises in all aspects of Business, Commercial and Property Law. With her extensive range of experience spanning over 30 years Amanda can offer the full scope of commercial legal services to her clients.

During her career Amanda has primarily practiced within South Australia, she has also worked overseas as an In-house lawyer for a major publicly listed company in Kuala Lumpur. Her clients have ranged from corporate clients, medium to small enterprises and those just starting out in business.

Her legal knowledge, attention to detail, cost effective strategies and practical and resolutory approach to legal issues instils confidence in her clients and her peers. She has a unique way of explaining complex transactions in language that her clients understand. Amanda’s expertise in risk assessment and management, strategic planning and conflict resolution creates an environment for her clients to achieve an outcome consistent with and exceeding expectations.

Sam Jackman
HEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS


Sam is an experienced Defence and Business Leader.

Sam is unique in our executive team as she is not a lawyer. Sam comes from a defence and governance background having spent over 20 years in the Australian Defence Force, after which she moved into leadership roles in the Non-Government sector and most recently, she was the CEO of a major national Not-For-Profit.

Her defence background gives her a unique understanding of the defence sector, its language and complexities and; as a former Military Officer and CEO, she brings a wealth of knowledge in organisational leadership, governance and change management.

Sam's background and experience enables JHT to provide added value and insight in the 'business to defence' relationship and build sustainable strategic partnerships in the defence sector.

Sam is committed to not only ensuring clients have access to the best legal support possible, but that JHT delivers what really matters, the best business outcomes for our clients.

It is easy to become overwhelmed by the breadth and depth of the defence sector. Sam Jackman and JHT have unique knowledge and understanding of the sector and can guide our clients to achieve long-term engagement and success.

Brenton James
MANAGING PRINCIPAL


Brenton is a strategist.

Brenton brings his skill to clients by way of managing their high level strategic outcomes as well as through their specific matter requirements.

He has extensive experience as trial counsel in the insurance and general commercial areas.
He has built a strong reputation for successfully identifying and challenging fraudulent insurance and business claims including having claims dismissed with the fraudulent claimant making full restitution and being referred for prosecution.

Brenton is also highly sought after for his incisive representation in relation to commercial disputes, complex injury claims, legislative reform and resolution strategies.
Clients, colleagues and peers seek Brenton because he works towards solutions for each matter, and for the business.

Brenton takes the time to listen and understand each issue and business he represents.
He then cleverly identifies and implements strategies to achieve the best client outcome.

Peter Jones
PRINCIPAL


Peter untangles legal complexities into pragmatic outcomes.

He is known for his extensive legal knowledge and ability to dissect complex legal decisions and legislation into pragmatic and practical advice.

He is asked by insurance clients to advise in relation to specific legislative interpretations and applications and the way they may affect a claim and the portfolio generally.

Peter has been involved in a number of complex and significant insurance claims involving product defects and liability and serious and significant injury.

His expertise is sought by insurers across all practice lines but particularly compulsory third party, product liability, public liability, health claims and professional indemnity.

Peter has been the principal solicitor in some of the insurance industry's leading decisions including Full Court and High Court judgments and his legal knowledge and skill has led to significant portfolio savings for the insurer.

Stefan Jury
PRINCIPAL


Stefan is a problem solver.

Stefan has a unique ability to manage highly complex financial and business issues into pragmatic and successful outcomes.

Stefan has worked with many leading Australian and international businesses and provided them with financial, strategic and corporate advice.

His commercial acumen has not only benefited financial institutions but also Defence Industry, publicly listed companies, government bodies, leading businesses and boards across a range of industries including banking, primary industry, insurance, aviation, not-for-profit and mining.

Stefan’s expertise has been called upon to assist major South Australian, Australian and international clients with complex banking, financial and capital market matters, project implementation and risk mitigation strategies, high value work outs, acquisitions, corporate governance and structuring, competition and product development.

Rob Mills
PRINCIPAL


Rob is an expert in managing disputes.

As a commercial litigator he is recognised for his sensible and efficient management of commercial disputes.

Rob’s clients appreciate his ability to resolve disputes through cost-effective strategies, minimising the financial and emotional stress that litigation can cause.

Whilst experienced in successfully managing court processes including preparing and presenting matters for hearing, Rob understands that the intervention of the court should be an alternative means of dispute resolution. Rob has the legal expertise and strategic experience to resolve disputes before they result in expensive litigation and he has substantial experience in negotiation and mediation.

When the matter cannot be resolved, Rob knows what is required to ensure the clients position is represented in the strongest possible terms to the court. He has successfully managed key litigation outcomes for his business and insolvency clients.

Rob works closely with liquidators, administrators, directors and creditors throughout all aspects of the insolvent administration process to ensure best outcomes.

His commercial support has assisted clients dealing with breaches of professional, fiduciary and directors' duties, partnership and contractual disputes, defamation, leasing and property disputes, preference claims and Corporations Act obligations and compliance issues.

Eleni Paras
PRINCIPAL


Eleni is a collaborative advisor.

Eleni is recognised for her practical and pragmatic management of her insurance portfolio. She is able to oversee an extensive file load, providing advice to insurers for the efficient management of matters leading to best outcomes.

She is a highly regarded negotiator and file-manager and successfully progresses matters to resolution in a timely and cost efficient way.

Clients acknowledge and appreciate her ability to bring together the many strands of the claim in order to negotiate the best result. Such is her skill that she manages a portfolio across the whole range of risks from mid-level assessments to highly complex catastrophic and complex injuries. Eleni is highly respected for her ability to work collaboratively with the client and stakeholders to ensure every matter is managed toward achieving the best result.

Nadia Stanev
PRINCIPAL


Nadia is a straight-shooter.

With enviable expertise, Nadia tells it like it is. Cutting through the legal jargon and unravelling the complexities of insurance claims, she presents solutions with her renowned cogency and clarity.

She manages a diverse portfolio including complex catastrophic injuries, claims requiring scheme critical legislative interpretation and claims based on fraud or deception.

Clients respect and appreciate her ability to work towards best outcomes with a no nonsense approach and a minimum of fuss.

She is a fierce competitor. Tough, fair, skilled and determined. We are very pleased (and slightly relieved) to have her on our team.