2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Founded in 1900.
At Colin Biggers & Paisley, we’ve always been different. We have built a dynamic culture of innovation, opportunity and balance. It applies to the solutions we create for our clients and the careers we build for our people.
Against this focus, we operate to a strategic purpose: to collectively build and secure the future of our clients, colleagues and community. We support this through our values of collaboration, balance, respect and loyalty, to ourselves, our clients and the society around us. We are proud of our long-standing relationships with many of Australia's most respected and successful companies. We are the lawyers of choice in the construction, property and insurance industries and maintain a strong presence across a wide range of other areas, delivering solutions to clients that cover a broad selection of business sectors and legal applications.
Our exceptional people and an unrelenting commitment to our clients have taken Colin Biggers & Paisley from strength to strength over the last century. We undertake some of the most pro bono hours of any major Australian law firm and are striving to be leaders in diversity and inclusion. We are proud of the impact our practice has on our clients, the law and the community.
Our desire to be leaders in all that we do drives us to continue to improve what is already a successful and established legal practice. It is this ambition that saw us become the first legal practice to create an online property contract exchange platform, revolutionising the way real estate is bought and sold throughout Australia and the rest of the world.
The future of Colin Biggers & Paisley is about developing new ways to deliver legal solutions and the services that support these, to arm our clients for the challenges of tomorrow. It's about creating opportunities for our people, our clients and our community—and being there to support them every step of the way.
2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
181 William Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Level 35 Waterfront Place
1 Eagle Street
Brisbane QLD 4000
- Nick Crennan
- Managing Partner
Nick is the Managing Partner of Colin Biggers & Paisley.
He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley more than 30 years ago and now leads a partnership of more than 70 partners and team of more than 500 people to provide legal services to Australian, Asian and global businesses as well as governments, through the practice's offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
Nick leads the development and implementation of Colin Biggers & Paisley's Strategic Plan which sets out our purpose - to collectively build and secure the future of our clients, colleagues and community.
In 2015, Doyle's Guide Nick was listed as a recommended construction lawyer NSW. Nick was also named in Doyle's Guide 2016 and 2018 as a recommended construction and infrastructure lawyer in NSW. In the 2019-2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, he was recognised as a leading alternative dispute resolution, and construction and infrastructure lawyer.
- Dunstan de Souza
Colin Biggers & Paisley has been at the centre of Dustan's professional career since joining the legal practice as a graduate solicitor in 1985. He became a partner in 1993, practising primarily in property development, was managing partner from 2007 to 2017 and is now a senior partner in the property team.
Dunstan's commitment to, and deep understanding of, the legal practice has enabled him to significantly build on its successes in recent years.
Under his stewardship, Colin Biggers & Paisley evolved into an elite legal practice, recognised for its top tier work, particularly in insurance, construction, property and commercial litigation.
Dunstan is a founding member of ADVOC Asia and was ADVOC Asia's President from 2002-2014. Dunstan is currently a member of ADVOC's International Executive.
Dunstan's aspiration is not only for Colin Biggers & Paisley to achieve excellence in all it does, but also to be a legal practice that is respectful and compassionate, that supports staff to be the best they can be, and builds bridges between people and their communities.
- Simon Fraser
Simon Fraser is a Partner in the property and development team. He practises primarily in commercial property and development and finance. Simon has experience in probate litigation and supervises Colin Biggers & Paisley's probate work.
Simon also has expertise in commercial law, including general corporate advice, trade practices, business sales and acquisitions and superannuation.
Simon is listed in the 2018-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of trusts and estates. Since 2014, Simon has been listed in Best Lawyers for energy law, mining law and natural resources law.
- Brendan Maier
Brendan is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property and development practice. He provides high quality legal advice on major commercial, industrial, residential, tourism and agricultural projects throughout Australia.
Brendan is a leading property lawyer who enjoys applying industry knowledge and networks to drive commercial value for his clients. His clients include property developers, construction companies, hotel operators, investment funds, agricultural businesses, banks, utilities and charities.
Both his legal peers and the industry generally have recognised Brendan as a property law expert and as a leader. Brendan has been listed as a recommended lawyer in real estate by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, a recommended property and real estate lawyer in Sydney in Doyle's Guide 2016, elected as a councillor of the Urban Development Industry of Australia (NSW) and elected as a councillor of the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
Brendan regularly publishes legal articles on current trends, and prepares government submissions on policy issues affecting clients and the Australian property industry more generally.
- Jon Meadmore
Jon leads the corporate and commercial team. Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Jon was a partner of a Brisbane based commercial law firm for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of commercial activities with a particular focus on acquisitions, corporate structuring and dispute resolution.
Jon provides invaluable strategic advice and direction to clients to identify and manage risk and to leverage opportunities.
Jon was named in Doyle's Guide 2016, 2017 and 2022 as a leading business and commercial lawyer in Brisbane. Jon is recognised for his expertise in commercial law in the 2016 - 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia. Best Lawyers also recognised Jon's expertise in Agriculture and Rural Affairs in its 2021-2023 editions.
- John Bowman
John Bowman is a Partner in the corporate and commercial team. He has extensive knowledge of corporations law and the Australian Stock Exchange listing rules and has acted in regard to a large number of mergers, acquisitions, prospectuses and information memoranda.
John has acted on prospectuses for several public companies and initial public offerings, and for public companies raising additional funds in the market. On a number of occasions, John has been the chairman of the due diligence committee for IPOs and devised and documented the due diligence process.
- David Kennedy
David Kennedy is a Partner in the corporate team, and leads our hospitality and club law and our intellectual property law teams. David is widely experienced in commercial law and provides both specialised and general legal counsel, as well as handling commercial transactions and disputes, legal and general drafting, management of and advice on negotiations and legal risks, and legal issue project management.
David is a member and Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, counsel to and a member of ClubsNSW and a member of the Australian Equipment Lessors' Association, Commercial Law Association, and the NSW Society for Computers and the Law.
- Simone Whetton
Simone is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate practice. Her expertise is in corporate transactions and corporate advisory, with a focus on unlisted companies across key industry sectors including transport and logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, energy and resources and technology, and telecommunications. She also advises in respect of outsourcing and procurement issues.
Simone regularly advises on matters including, but not limited to, share and business sales and acquisitions, including all aspects of due diligence, drafting and negotiating contractual documentation; joint ventures, shareholder agreements, constitutions and general corporate documentation; directors’ duties, governance and compliance issues; setting up operations for foreign companies doing business in Australia; and tenders and procurement processes including drafting associated documentation.
Simone speaks German fluently and acts for many German and foreign companies operating in Australia. She is a member of the Australian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
- Patrick Monahan
Patrick Monahan is a consultant in the insurance team.
Patrick is regarded as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in the area of professional indemnity insurance and directors' and officers' liability insurance, representing company directors, solicitors, barristers, accountants, auditors, insurance brokers, stockbrokers, estate agents and other professionals, as well as their insurers. He also acts regularly for banks and financial institutions on the instructions of their insurers.
Patrick's expertise includes dispute resolution and litigation, in particular involving financial services, professional negligence, insurance litigation, and commercial litigation. He acts for financial institutions, insurers and underwriters at Lloyd’s and internationally.
Patrick frequently speaks at conferences on insurance and reinsurance topics throughout Australia and has been published in many professional journals.
- Peter Moran
Peter is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice and has over 37 years' experience in insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation. He has expertise in the defence of public liability personal injury litigation as well as in the defence of claims against solicitors and other professionals (primarily estate agents and conveyancers). He has been a Lawcover panel solicitor for 30 years.
His practice also includes large scale and high volume recovery actions as well as life insurance regulatory advice and claims defence policy drafting.
Peter regularly presents papers and seminars to clients and the legal profession. He conducts training sessions for regional real estate and legal practitioners throughout NSW on good practice and risk management.
Since 2015, Peter is listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Peter as a recommended Sydney professional indemnity lawyer.
- Paul Bannon
Paul is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's disputes and investigations team. He started his career as a construction lawyer and has worked extensively for contractors in civil engineering and construction disputes and for principals on large commercial construction ventures.
Paul's area of expertise is acting for construction industry consultants, particularly architects and engineers instructed by their professional indemnity insurers. These cases have ranged from large industrial, commercial and infrastructure projects to domestic dwellings. He has also acted for numerous other professions, instructed by their professional indemnity insurers and in relation to directors' and officers' liability, construction risk insurance and property recovery claims. He has been involved in policy drafting, particularly in relation to home warranty insurance and professional indemnity policies.
Paul has acted as defence and coverage counsel in securities class actions and is recognised across multiple directories for his work. Paul is listed in the 2014-2023 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law and product liability litigation. In the 2020-2023 editions, Paul is listed for personal injury litigation and professional malpractice litigation.
- Keith Bethlehem
Keith is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. His focus is in the areas of financial institutions and directors’ and officers’ insurance, as well as professional indemnity insurance. Keith's practice incorporates both advice to insurers on coverage issues and defending litigated claims on behalf of insured individuals and entities. He has worked internationally gaining extensive experience in the Lloyd’s market, with a particular specialisation in defending claims against financial institutions and investment professionals. He led the team that brought the leading case on the operation of section 6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW), Chubb & Ors v Moore & Ors, to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Keith's experience in Australia includes defending claims against corporations and their directors and officers by aggrieved shareholders, and negligence claims against investment managers, stockbrokers and valuers. He also acted for insurers and reinsurers in relation to policy interpretation and disputes. Keith has authored numerous insurance-related articles, co-authored the chapter entitled 'Directors’ & Officers’ Liability' in the second edition of Directors' Duties During Insolvency published by Thompson in January 2007 and has presented at various forums on insurance topics both in London and Australia.
He is listed as a leading individual in insurance in Chambers and Partners (2013-2020), and listed in the 2014-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law. In 2015-2019, Doyle's Guide listed Keith for his expertise in professional indemnity law in New South Wales. He is also listed in the 2018 Insurance and Reinsurance ExpertGuides.
- Gavin Creighton
Gavin is a Partner in the insurance team with extensive experience in professional indemnity, general liability, life insurance, defence of FOS complaints and general litigation. He specialises in defending a wide range of professional indemnity claims, particularly against construction industry professionals, accountants, real estate agents, financial planners and insurance brokers, as well as general liability claims against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises.
A major part of Gavin's practice involves the defence of professional indemnity claims for a wide range of professionals, including accountants, real estate agents, financial planners, insurance brokers, barristers and construction and design professionals.
Gavin regularly presents papers to insurers and brokers on developments in the law. He has assisted with risk management, advice on recent legislative changes, policy drafting and interpretation.
Gavin is listed as a recommended lawyer in insurance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. He is also listed in the 2018-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law. From 2020 to 2023, Gavin is listed for insurance law and personal injury litigation.
- Melissa Fenton
Melissa is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. She has been a litigation lawyer for over 25 years and has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution, in professional indemnity and general liability claims acting for insurers and professionals in a variety of different fields.
Melissa has experience in defending both large scale litigation and small claim matters, acting for an array of professionals, including architects, engineers, surveyors, valuers, barristers and solicitors, financial advisers, auditors and accountants, as well as general liability claims against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises.
Melissa advises insurers in respect of policy interpretation issues and has acted for major insurers in coverage disputes involving directors and officers and other professionals.
In 2014-15 and 2016-2023, Melissa was listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law and was identified as a leading Personal Injury Litigation lawyer in 2020-2022. In 2019 Melissa was recognised in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer (Defendant Insurance) in NSW. She won the Mondaq Top Communicator Award for the most popular article in Australia for the month of August 2015.
In 2017 Melissa won the Partner of the Year Award at the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
- Stuart Hetherington
Stuart is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance and commercial disputes resolution practices. He has nearly 50 years' experience as an insurance and commercial litigation lawyer with extensive experience in maritime and logistics law. Stuart's clients include some of Australia's largest insurers as well as London and international market insurers.
Stuart has acted in a wide range of shipping and commercial litigation cases and has acted for P&I Clubs. He has also acted for many overseas and local insurance companies and syndicates, conducting cases in diverse areas including ﬁre, professional indemnity, directors' and ofﬁcers' liability, product liability, ﬁnancial institutions and business interruption. He was also the President of the prestigious Comité Maritime International (CMI) from 2012-2018.
Stuart is listed in the 2013-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of shipping and maritime, transportation and insurance. Every year since 2016 he has also been listed in the fields of alternative dispute resolution and litigation, and since 2019 in the field of trade law. Best Lawyers also named Stuart the Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year in Australia in the 2014-15 edition, Transportation Lawyer of the Year in 2021 and Trade Lawyer of the Year in 2023.
In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Stuart as a recommended Australian shipping lawyer, and in 2016, it named him as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer in Australia. In 2017 and 2020 Doyle's Guide listed Stuart as a preeminent shipping and maritime lawyer and in 2017 as a recommended aviation lawyer.
In addition, Stuart was listed as a recommended lawyer in transport in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and 2016 editions. He has also been recognised as a leading lawyer in shipping in Chambers and Partners (2013 - 2022) and Who's Who Legal Transport 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
- Jonathan Newby
Jonathan Newby is a partner in the insurance team. He has a substantial professional indemnity practice acting for a wide range of professionals, with a particular focus on the construction and financial services industries.
Jonathan's practice extends to coverage and defence of shareholder class actions and he has been deeply involved in some of the most substantial litigation in that space in recent years. He has extensive experience in project specific policy coverage disputes as well as high profile warranty and indemnity claims and directors and officers disputes. A significant portion of Jonathan's work originates from the London market.
He is a go-to lawyer on large-scale claims with many of the disputes he is instructed on being for tens and hundreds of millions, both as defence counsel and for coverage. Jonathan is described as a "first-class operator" and listed as a recommended lawyer in insurance by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016 and key contact in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017. He is also listed in 2018 ExpertGuides for Insurance and Reinsurance. In the 2020-2023 editions, Jonathan was recognised in The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading professional malpractice litigation lawyer. In Doyle's Guide 2019 Jonathan is listed as a leading Professional Indemnity Lawyer in New South Wales.
- Amanda Ryding
Amanda Ryding is a Partner in the insurance team, specialising in directors’ and officers’ exposure and professional indemnity claims. She has acted for both insurers and plaintiffs and has particular expertise in conducting large-scale litigation. Amanda has advised insurers in respect of a wide range of claims against directors, both under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the common law. Recently, Amanda was a key member of the team that brought the leading case on the operation of section 6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW), Chubb & ors v Moore & ors, to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW.
Amanda also practises in the area of education law, and has advised both schools and tertiary institutions on a wide range of issues.
Amanda has lectured and presented training seminars to clients on a range of subjects, including the Competition and Consumer Act, third party claims against insurers, document management, and email and internet risk management. She is the co-author of "The e company", published by Lawbook Co. Between 1990 and 2000, Amanda practiced in the UK.
In the 2014-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Amanda was listed as a leading insurance lawyer. She was also listed in the 2014 edition of Legal 500 as a recommended insurance lawyer for her "incredible ability to formulate strategy". In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Amanda as a recommended Sydney professional indemnity lawyer.
- Greg Skehan
Greg Skehan is a Partner in the Disputes and Investigations team. Greg began his professional career as a construction lawyer. Subsequently he moved into the insurance area with a diverse practice across all areas of insurance. This includes construction risk, professional indemnity, directors & officers liability, accident, health, products, property and reinsurance. He is extremely experienced in all forms of commercial negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Under Greg's leadership the Insurance Group of Colin Biggers & Paisley in Sydney was awarded the ALB Mettle Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year Award for 2008. Further, with Greg as senior partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley advise many of Australia's largest corporations and government departments in all matters involving property development, construction, infrastructure and the insurance requirements.
Greg was listed for insurance in the 2013 - 2023 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia; class action litigation in the 2018 - 2023 editions and in 2020-2023 he was recognised for construction and infrastructure law. He was recommended in insurance by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, and is listed in the 2013 - 2022 editions of Chambers and Partners as a leading individual in insurance. In 2015-2016 and 2018-2021, Doyle's Guide listed Greg as a leading Sydney professional indemnity lawyer and in 2016, Who's Who Legal listed him as a leading insurance and reinsurance lawyer. Greg is also listed in the 2016 and 2018 ExpertGuides for insurance and reinsurance.
- Brad Kermond
Brad Kermond leads the construction and engineering team. Brad joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 1983 and has been a partner since 1989. Brad provides expert advice on all facets of claims and disputes and in the drafting and negotiation of contracts for the construction and engineering industries. He has extensive experience in all forms of dispute resolution, including court proceedings, arbitration, mediation and expert determination procedures.
Brad has successfully advised contractors, principals, sub-contractors, consultants and financiers involved in commercial and residential property developments, heavy engineering and civil engineering projects, marine engineering projects and software engineering projects.
His expertise in construction and infrastructure law has been acknowledged in a number of renowned legal directories. He was listed in Doyle's Guide in 2014 as a recommended construction lawyer in New South Wales, and in 2015 as a leading construction lawyer. In 2016 and 2020, Brad was named in Doyle's Guide as a recommended construction and infrastructure lawyer. In 2018, he was listed as a recommended construction and front-end construction, and infrastructure lawyer.
Brad was listed as a recommended lawyer in the 2015-2017 editions of Legal 500 Asia Pacific in the area of construction law. He first appeared in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of alternative dispute resolution. He has been listed as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer in every edition of Best Lawyers since 2017, and in the 2021 edition, he was also listed for his expertise in litigation.
Since 2016, Brad have been listed as a leading construction lawyer in Chambers and Partners.
Brad also lectured at conferences for the construction industry and regularly conduct in-house lectures for clients of the legal practice on matters of interest to their business. He is a member of several construction industry associations.
- James Neal
James is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's construction and engineering practice. His expertise includes appearing in the Supreme, District, Local and Federal Courts and the Consumer, Trader and Tenancy Tribunal. James is referred to in The Legal 500 (2010 Edition), Construction editorial section as "highly recommended". In 2018, Doyle's Guide recommended him as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer in NSW.
James's practice is focused on all forms of dispute resolution and particularly on alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration. He is also involved in advising on contract documentation and project risk allocation. His expertise extends to all matters related to the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999.
- David Miller
David Miller is a partner in the Disputes and Investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Widely regarded as one of Australia's leading lawyers in asbestos-related matters, David is a regular speaker in Australia and overseas on indemnity and claims management issues.
As a former in-house counsel for an ASX100 company, David is acutely aware of reputational risk issues and has provided advice and counsel to clients in relation to press coverage over the last 20 years.
Since 2014, David is listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. He is also listed as a leading product liability lawyer in the 2017-2023 editions. The 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021 Doyle's Guide lists David as a leading defendant dust diseases lawyer in NSW.
- Leanne Walker
Leanne is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property practice. Leanne is a highly regarded commercial litigator who handles disputes across a variety of industries. From 2015 to 2020, she served as the national head of the disputes resolution team, and is currently leading the property disputes and advisory team.
Leanne practice focuses on commercial dispute resolution with a particular emphasis on property and leasing based disputes, land contract disputes and access to land issues. She has experience in alternative dispute resolution, including expert determination, and mediation.
Leanne handles all aspects of contested business and real estate related matters. Working closely with our transactional team, she has particular expertise in developing strategies and systems to reduce, manage or resolve disputes. If litigation is necessary, Leanne is experienced in dealing with complex disputes, and lead a team of lawyers with expertise in dispute resolution.
She represents small businesses, landowners, owners corporations, and corporate clients in complex business and property disputes. Acting in partnership with the Australian Institute of Conveyancers, she also provides strategic advice and represent AIC members and their clients.
- Peter Harkin
Peter is a Partner in and lead of Colin Biggers & Paisley's restructuring and insolvency practice. He has extensive experience in all areas of insolvency law. Peter acts for a number of liquidators, receivers and trustees as well as financial institutions and creditors. Peter also assists companies and businesses in financial turnaround exercises.
Some of the recent cases Peter has run include a five-nil successful appeal on liquidators remuneration (Sanderson v Sakr Nominees) and the first Section 511 justification application under the new reformed Insolvency Law Reform Act, as well as the successful 'defence' of a deed of company arrangement and creditors' trust.
In the 2019-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Peter is listed as a leading Insolvency and Reorganization and Litigation lawyer. In the 2020-2023 editions, Peter is also listed for alternative dispute resolution.
- Scott Hedge
Scott is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's restructuring and insolvency practice and one of Australia's leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers. Scott is consistently listed in a number of legal directories including Best Lawyers, Doyle's Guide, Who's Who Legal and Chambers and Partners for insolvency and restructuring.
Scott advises on all aspects of restructuring and insolvency, from both a contentious and non-contentious perspective. He regularly advises on and, when necessary, enforces securities on behalf of financial institutions and lending syndicates.
Scott also has experience in commercial dispute resolution and has conducted substantial commercial litigation across all Australian jurisdictions. Scott's practice also focuses on alternative dispute resolution. As a trained mediator, he has acted for parties in many complex commercial mediations and expert determinations.
Scott is listed as a key individual in Chambers and Partners - Restructuring/Insolvency. He has been listed as a leading insolvency and litigation lawyer in The Best Lawyers in Australia each year since it was first published in 2008 and has also been listed in Who's Who Legal: Restructuring & Insolvency 2017 each year since 2012. In 2018 and 2019, Scott was recognised in Doyle's Guide as a leading insolvency and restructuring lawyer.
- Greg McCann
Greg McCann is a Partner in the workplace relations and work health and safety teams.
He has many years' experience in private practice in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, working for national corporations in a wide range of industries including transport, mining, retail, labour hire and oil and gas and is an expert in work health and safety with over 18 years' experience. He has acted in numerous WHS cases and has assisted many corporations with strategic safety advice, including advice and seminars to directors and officers on their WHS responsibilities.
Greg leads Colin Biggers & Paisley's employment and safety practice in providing integrated risk management and employment and safety advice across a number of core industries. Greg is recognised as an expert in work health and safety, with over 20 years' experience. He has acted in numerous work, health and safety (WHS) cases and assisted many corporations with strategic safety advice, including advice and seminars to directors and officers on their WHS compliance obligations.
Greg has successfully acted for a number of corporations seeking to obtain return to work orders or to impose employment restraints on departing members of staff. He has considerable experience representing employers in claims of unfair dismissal and harassment and discrimination complaints. His work extends to advising corporations on the creation and implementation of appropriate workplace behaviour policies and procedures.
The Best Lawyers in Australia has listed Greg as a leading occupational health and safety lawyer in every edition since 2016. In 2019 and 2020, he was also listed in Doyle's Guide as a Recommended Workplace Health & Safety lawyer.
- Kristen Lopes
Kristen Lopes is a partner in the workplace relations team with expertise in employment, industrial relations and human rights law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.
Kristen regularly advises employers on legislation relevant to the workplace, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). In addition, she assists employers to deal with issues arising from employment contracts, the interpretation of industrial awards and related instruments, privacy issues, termination and restructuring strategies, return to work and workplace policies.
Kristen has a special interest in managing workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying. In 2004, she was invited to present a paper at the Oxford University Round Table on discrimination in employment.
In May 2010, Kristen received her master of laws degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney, focusing on comparative employment law. She obtained the prize in advanced employment law in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2008 McCallum Medal Presentation Competition where she presented on workplace bullying. Kristen was also a finalist in the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award.
- Alex Rhydderch
Alex is a Partner in the corporate and disputes resolution team specialising in commercial, intellectual property and technology law.
Alex advises on all aspects of trade mark, copyright, registered design, confidential information and border protection issues and often acts in trade mark opposition and non-use proceedings before the Australian Trade Marks Office (IP Australia). He helps manage Colin Biggers & Paisley's trade mark portfolio acting for a number of well-known brand owners. Alex advises on commercialisation of intellectual property and deals with patent licensing and cross border aspects.
Alex also advises in respect of general commercial, technology and regulatory transactions and issues, including in respect of share and business sales and purchases, agreements between shareholders and unitholders, trading structures and restructures, stamp and transfer duty issues, valuation and land tax disputes, trading terms, supply and procurement generally, technology procurement and disputes, privacy and data protection issues, inbound investments, foreign investment approvals, financial services regulatory issues, banking and finance issues, personal property securities law and competition and consumer law issues.
- Dr Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray is a partner in the construction and engineering team. His main areas of practice include construction contract drafting and the resolution of construction disputes through litigation and alternative dispute resolution approaches.
Andrew has extensive commercial litigation experience and has conducted construction and general commercial litigation in the Federal, Supreme and District Courts, including the Supreme Court's specialist commercial and technology and construction lists. Andrew provides advice to principals, contractors and subcontractors on contract documentation and project risk.
In the 2019-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Andrew is listed as a leading Construction and Infrastructure lawyer. In the 2022 and 2023 editions, Andrew is listed for his expertise in alternative dispute resolution. In 2020, Doyle's Guide recognised Andrew as a recommended Front End Construction, Infrastructure and Major Projects Lawyer in NSW.
In 2018, he received a doctorate from the University of Sydney for his thesis on reforming the law relating to legal professional privilege in the context of expert evidence.
- Bob Miljevic
Bob Miljevic is a partner in the property and development team. He joined the legal practice in 2013. Since his admission in 1997, he has worked on the full spectrum of property law matters.
Bob advises developers of residential property about titling and disposal procedures. He is experienced in drafting contracts, management statements and by-laws for strata and community scheme developments and greenfields sites. Bob also assists in the supervision and coordination of large scale stream conveyancing for residential developments.
In addition, Bob provides advice about commercial and retail leases and agreements for lease, as well as about whole of building acquisitions, both commercial and retail, including full due diligence coordination and reporting.
- Greg Beguad
Greg is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's construction and engineering practice. He has 30 years' experience in his main areas of practice, which are construction, infrastructure, procurement, and energy and resources projects.
Having worked as a lawyer in private practice and as a civil engineer, Greg is able to draw on a deep knowledge of both construction and contract law and the technical and engineering aspects of the construction industry. His extensive experience includes providing strategic advice, tenders, contract drafting, negotiations, dispute resolution, and implementation throughout the construction and operations phases.
Greg works for government and private clients in a broad range of industries, including energy and resources, transport, defence, public infrastructure, IT and property development.
In 2018, Doyle's Guide recommended him as a leading front-end construction and infrastructure lawyer in NSW. In 2020, Doyle's Guide listed him as a recommended front-end construction, infrastructure and major projects lawyer in NSW.
- Kate Craig
Kate Craig is a Partner in the banking and financial services team. She specialises in banking and finance law with emphasis on corporate and construction finance. Primarily Kate acts for international and Australian banks and corporate borrowers.
Kate's practice is largely focused in the area of debt finance with particular expertise in the hotel, residential and commercial property industries, including advising on limited recourse financing, acquisition and construction financing, corporate and syndicated financing.
She has also acted on a number of insolvency work-outs and she has a keen focus in the area of distressed debt trading.
- Michael Russell
Michael has extensive experience acting and advising in relation to large scale litigation and complex matters involving corporate collapses, class actions, insurance, financial services, transport, technology and professional services.
In 2020, The Legal 500 recognised the practice's expertise in Dispute Resolution: Class actions. In the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers, Michael is recognised for his expertise in Litigation and in the 2022 and 2023 editions, he is recognised in both Litigation and Insurance law. Michael was recognised in Lawyerly's 2021 Litigation Rising Stars series, which profiles the leading high stakes and class action litigators in Australia under the age of 40.
- Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's transport and logistics team and partner responsible for the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation.
Stephen's practice is primarily transactional and advisory, with a focus on the shipping, maritime, ports and supply chain industries. His clients number among the leaders in the transport and logistics field, and he has extensive experience advising Australian and overseas shipping lines, logistics companies, port operators and government organisations. He has also worked with shipping specialists in London.
Stephen is recognised in Chambers and Partners as one of Australia's leading shipping lawyers, and is listed in the 2014-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of transportation law and in 2020-2023 he was recognised for his shipping & maritime law expertise. In addition, Best Lawyers named Stephen lawyer of the year in shipping and maritime law in its 2022 edition. In 2016-2020, Doyle's Guide listed him as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer. Stephen is also listed for shipping in Who's Who Legal: Transport 2017, 2018 and 2019.
- Timothy Seton
Tim is the joint leader and partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's disputes and investigations practice. He has expertise in litigation and dispute resolution matters and works on significant commercial disputes.
Tim's experience includes acting for clients in court proceedings and arbitration, as well as the early resolution of matters by mediation, neutral evaluation and direct negotiation.
Tim has acted on a range of commercial litigation for a variety of clients such as international corporations, insurers, construction and engineering companies, small businesses, associations and individuals.
Tim has over 15 years' experience as a commercial litigation lawyer. His experience includes large and complex matters, including contract disputes, negligence cases, shareholder claims and trust disputes.
- Todd Neal
Todd is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's planning, government, infrastructure and environment (PGIE) practice with over 15 years' experience in his field.
Todd runs a "cradle to grave" practice dealing with environmental and planning issues from concept to completion and beyond. He also has a deep understanding of the processes, protocols, codes and empowering legislation of both local and state government, as well as state-owned corporations. Todd's clients include state and local governments, state-owned corporations, private landowners, as well as developers and contractors. This variety of clients allows him to factor in multiple perspectives to manage and resolve planning and environment matters.
In 2018, Doyle's Guide recognised Todd as a leading environment and climate change lawyer and in 2019-2022 as a recommended planning and development lawyer.
Todd was recognised in the 2020-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading lawyer in government practice, and planning and environmental law. He is also listed in the 2022 and 2023 editions for land use and zoning law.
- Ana Kolovos
Ana is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. She has a diverse range of experience in all areas of insurance litigation, including product liability, general liability and compensation claims, across all Victorian jurisdictions and in the High Court.
Ana has managed large liability portfolios for national and multinational insurers, claims management organisations, hoteliers, shopping centre owners, supermarket chains and other self-insured corporations.
In the compensation sphere, Ana has represented both WorkCover insurers and self-insured corporations, including defending statutory indemnity claims.
Ana's experience extends to general liability, product liability claims relating to fires and substantial property damage, contractual and property disputes, asbestos-related matters and trade practices claims (including class actions), as well as defence of prosecutions of corporate clients and directors for breaches of work health and safety legislation.
Ana is recognised in Doyle's Guide 2019 and 2020 as a recommended public and product liability lawyer in Victoria.
- Andrew Probert
Andrew is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice, based in the Melbourne office. His core areas of practice include financial lines, directors and officers, professional indemnity, transport law and fraud investigations.
In particular, Andrew has acted in both coverage and defence roles for a wide range of professionals including directors and officers, solicitors, accountants, financial institutions, stockbrokers, real estate agents, patent attorneys, insurance brokers and trustees.
Andrew also has extensive experience representing local and overseas insurers:
• in a wide range of transport work including marine recoveries, port liability claims, international trade, and claims arising from road and rail carriage of goods; and
• in general liability, product liability, property damage and recovery claims. Andrew also deals with captive insurance and reinsurance matters, fraud investigations, motor vehicle claims, and provide detailed policy reviews and wording advice across a range of business lines.
For over 25 years, Andrew has advised insurers, captive insurers, reinsurers, brokers and other insurance professionals and participants in a range of disciplines and jurisdictions, including state and federal courts and various tribunals.
Andrew is listed in the 2014-2017 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law, and in the 2018, 2019 and 2020 editions he is listed for insurance and transportation law and received the Best Lawyer of the Year Award in 2023 for the same category. In 2021 and 2022 Andrew was listed for Insurance Law, Shipping and Maritime Law and Transportation Law. In 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Andrew was listed by Doyle's Guide as a leading Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer, and leading public and product liability lawyer in 2017 and 2018. Andrew is also listed in the 2017, 2018 and 2019 Insurance and Reinsurance ExpertGuides.
- Andrew Tulloch
Andrew Tulloch is a partner in the insurance team. Andrew's practice focus is on trade and transport law, supply chain and logistics. He has extensive experience in maritime and aviation law and has a special interest in transport insurance. Andrew is very experienced in the insurance of the shipping, offshore and transportation sectors.
Andrew acts for a wide variety of maritime and aviation clients in Australia in all aspects of trade and transport law, including advice in relation to disputes concerning imports and exports and advice to port authorities and ship and airline operators. He also acts for cargo and hull insurers.
Andrew is listed in the 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the fields of aviation, insurance, trade and transportation, and in Shipping and Maritime Law in the 2023 edition. In addition, Best Lawyers named Andrew Lawyer of the Year in trade law in 2016 and in the 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2022 editions he was listed as the Lawyer of the Year in aviation. Andrew is also listed in AsiaLaw 2020 as a Distinguished Practitioner for his expertise in shipping.
Andrew is the author of the Australian chapter in the 8th edition of The Aviation Law Review, which was published in September 2020.
- Nathan Abbott
Nathan Abbott is a Partner in the construction and engineering team. He has extensive experience in both providing advice on major construction projects and acting in construction disputes. The projects he has worked on include office buildings, sporting complexes, large residential developments, freight distribution facilities, food processing facilities, port redevelopments, the Studio Docklands development and extensions to the terminal at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport.
Nathan has acted for the Victorian State Government, the federal government, property developers, contractors, major corporations and significant clubs and sporting organisations, including Carlton Football Club, Essendon Football Club, the Royal Automotive Club of Victoria and the Melbourne Cricket Club.
Nathan has extensive experience acting on security of payment claims in construction disputes. He is admitted to practice in the Federal Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Nathan was listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended construction lawyer in Victoria. In the 2019 - 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Nathan is listed as a leading Construction and Infrastructure lawyer. He is also an Accredited Specialist in Commercial Litigation (Law Institute of Victoria).
- Patrick Tuohey
Patrick is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. His expertise is in professional indemnity claims and acting in defence of claims made against lawyers and their respective insurers. Patrick acts also for other professionals, including accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, conveyancers and the full range of insured construction professionals (engineers, building surveyors, etc). His practice includes both large and small claim matters in all Victorian courts and tribunals, and also in the federal jurisdictions.
Patrick is experienced in providing coverage advice to insurer clients in respect of a broad range of policies and insurance issues. His insurer clients are based both locally and internationally.
Doyle's Guide listed Patrick as a recommended Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer in 2015 and 2018, and a leading lawyer in this area in 2016, 2017 and 2019. He is listed in the 2018-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of alternative dispute resolution and in the 2020-2023 editions for insurance law. In the 2019-2023 editions, Best Lawyers recognised him as a leading litigation lawyer. He is also recognised in the 2022 and 2023 editions for professional malpractice litigation.
- Rose Raniolo
Rose is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. For over 25 years, Rose has helped major insurance companies, corporate clients and WorkCover self-insurers to navigate compensation, workplace and general liability claims. Her clients value her ability to get to the heart of what is important to them and to set a claims strategy that matches their goals.
Rose's experience incorporates personal injury, property damage, product liability, dust diseases and workers' compensation claims, coronial inquests, and safety investigations and prosecutions. She has also assisted clients with their self-insurer applications and to prepare related self-insurer notifications.
Rose's career highlights include acting for a major publicly listed company and strategically managing its portfolio of long-tail dust disease claims, and also being the sole WorkCover legal services provider of self-insurer Paper Australia Pty Ltd.
Rose heads up our Victorian workers' compensation practice. She is recognised in Doyle's Guide as a leading lawyer for WorkSafe and workers' compensation and also dust diseases in Melbourne, and is recommended for her expertise in public and product liability.
Away from work, Rose enjoys keeping fit by working out at the gym and running, and spending time with family.
- Vanessa Kemp
Vanessa is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution.
Vanessa has over 20 years' experience in general liability and product liability insurance, and professional indemnity insurance, including medical malpractice.
Vanessa’s experience includes acting for insurers of lawyers, accountants, real estate agents, financial planners and building and construction professionals, including architects, engineers and building surveyors, as well as other professionals. She also acts for psychologists and other health professionals, including in relation to their representation at disciplinary hearings and coronial inquests. Vanessa also defends general liability claims against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises.
Vanessa provides advice on policy drafting and the interpretation of complex policy indemnity issues, as well as advice on managing motor vehicle and property damage claims.
Vanessa is listed in the 2014-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law. She is also listed in the 2022 and 2023 edition for product liability litigation. Vanessa was listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended Melbourne Medical Negligence & Malpractice lawyer in 2018 and 2019, and in 2019, she was listed in Doyle's Guide as a leading Melbourne Dust Diseases lawyer.
- Ben Caldwell
Ben is a Partner in the planning government infrastructure and environment group at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
He has advised a number of large corporations on planning developments, including a development with 20,000 lots. His expertise covers a wide range of planning including for banks, commercial developers and local governments.
As well as experience with various levels of government in the infrastructure and policy space, Ben has advised on many major environment and sustainability matters in Queensland, including the North South Bypass Tunnel, Airport Link and the Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal. He has also had significant experience advising on an environmental offsets system, delegations and planning legislation, as well as general advice of local laws and the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
In 2016, Doyle's Guide listed Ben as a recommended Queensland planning and environment lawyer. From 2017 to 2022, Doyle's Guide listed Ben as a recommended Queensland planning and development lawyer, and from 2017 to 2019 as a recommended planning and environment, and environment and heritage lawyer. In the 2019 - 2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Ben is listed as a leading Planning and Environment lawyer.
- Brent Van Staden
Brent is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate practice. He has considerable experience in all aspects of corporate, mining and commercial law, both in professional practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and in South Africa and as in-house counsel for one of South Africa's largest companies. He has recently advised clients on initial public offerings, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, secondary debt and equity capital raisings and cross-border issues.
Brent is commercially focused and skilled in providing strategic legal advice. He has an incisive approach to legal issues and excel at distilling complex legal matters into plain English.
In 2016 and 2020, Brent was named in Doyle's Guide as a leading commercial lawyer in Brisbane.
- Ian Wright
Ian is a Senior Partner in the planning government infrastructure and environment group in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Brisbane office.
Ian is an expert planning, government, infrastructure and environment lawyer with extensive experience in the provision of planning, government, infrastructure and environmental law advice, the drafting of land use and infrastructure planning instruments, the drafting of state and local government statutory instruments and the conduct of planning, environmental and public law litigation.
Ian has prepared state government legislation including the Urban Land Development Authority Act 2007 and State Planning Regulatory Provisions for various Regional Plans as well as amendments to the Integrated Planning Act 1997, Brisbane Casino Agreement Act 1983, Jupiters Casino Agreement Act 1983 and Breakwater Island Casino Agreement Act 1984.
Ian is a Certified Practising Planner member of the Planning Institute of Australia, a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia and is a former President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association. Ian was a lecturer in Environmental Law and Assessment at the Queensland University of Technology's Department of Built Environment and Engineering from 1993 to 2015 and was a lecturer in Planning Law at the University of Queensland from 1997 to 2005.
- Mathew Deighton
Mathew Deighton is Partner in the disputes and investigations team. He has extensive experience in the litigation and resolution of business and corporate disputes, with particular expertise in shareholder/partnership disputes, trade practices, franchising and intellectual property litigation. Mathew has also acted for plaintiffs in professional negligence claims against valuers, accountants, financial planners and lawyers, and for corporate clients in investigations and prosecutions by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and various state environmental authorities.
Mathew is skilled at managing complex litigation and has a reputation for adopting a forensic, proactive and solution- focused approach to complex litigation and disputes.
Having acted for public companies (banks, miners and retailers) and private companies, Mathew recognises that corporate counsel, directors and other company officers have limited capacity to be involved in the day-to-day running of complex litigation and disputes. His experience and effective communication strategies ensure that clients are able to make informed decisions at each stage of a dispute and that the disruption caused by litigation and commercial disputes to clients’ core business activities and their officers is minimised. Mathew also recognises the commercial benefit of resolving disputes prior to litigation commencing and aims to provide clients with informed and strategic advice at the earliest opportunity.
- Matthew Castley
Matthew is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property practice with over 20 years' experience in commercial property law. His focus is on commercial property and projects, leasing, government advisory, insolvency and land tax appeal work.
Matthew has substantial expertise in all manner of real property related work, including commercial acquisitions and disposals, due diligence, property development and corporate advisory.
Matthew has acted for federal and state government departments, statutory bodies, property developers, institutional property owners and high net wealth private clients with significant exposure to major transactions interstate and overseas.
Matthew has significant experience in commercial and industrial property acquisition, leasing and development and have been a member of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Industrial Property Committee. He frequently speaks at internal and external industry-focused presentations.
Matthew was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a recommended property and real estate lawyer in Brisbane. In 2020 and 2021, he was recognised by Best Lawyers in Australia for real property law and in 2021, Best Lawyers also recognised his expertise in leasing.
- Megan Kavanagh
Megan is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's employment and safety practice. Her main areas of expertise include equal opportunity, discrimination, unfair dismissal, harassment and diversity, work health and safety, and industrial relations.
Megan is an experienced employment litigator and defends claims in the industrial, discrimination and human rights, workplace health and safety, and civil jurisdictions. Her practice is focused on working with insurers and their insureds to resolve or defend claims arising under employment practices liability (EPL) policies and directors' and officers' policies. She is recognised as the preferred EPL lawyer in Brisbane by some of Australia's largest insurers.
In addition, Megan provides advice on employment, work health and safety, equal opportunity, harassment and bullying to clients in a range of industries, including education, health, transport, manufacturing, retail and hospitality, as well as government and the not-for-profit sector. She also regularly conducts client training in these areas.
Doyle's Guide recognised Megan as a leading employment lawyer (employer representation) Queensland in 2018 and 2020. She is also listed in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia for labour and employment law.
- Rebecca Castley
Rebecca is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property and development practice. She has 20 years' experience in property law and is recognised by the Queensland Law Society as an accredited specialist.
Rebecca has extensive experience in the acquisition and sale of commercial, industrial, retail and residential property, due diligence, joint ventures and leasing. She also advises on commercial and retail greenfield developments and refurbishments, strata titling and flat land subdivisions, as well as body corporate matters, including general advice, management rights and disputes.
Rebecca has acted for a broad range of clients, including property developers, corporations, landlords, tenants, private investors, property fund managers, building and shopping centre owners. She has also acted for educational organisations, churches and charities.
Rebecca is a committee member for Queensland for the Property Council of Australia (Residential). She presents regularly at professional development seminars.
Rebecca is listed in the 2017-2023 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of real property law. In the 2020-2023 editions she is also listed for leasing law. Rebecca is also recognised in the 2020 and 2022 edition of Doyle's Guide as a Recommended Property & Real Estate Lawyer, as well as a Leading Leasing Lawyer in 2022.
- Rhett Oliver
Rhett is the national head of Colin Biggers & Paisley's property and development practice. He has over 18 years of property and development related experience, offering end-to-end real estate services to leading property development businesses across Australia.
His focus areas of expertise encompass all aspects of property and development, including planning and infrastructure, acquisitions and disposals, and corporate and project structuring and titling of major mixed-use, residential, commercial, integrated resort and aged-care/retirement developments, and hotel and serviced apartment management.
Rhett advises both private and public entities from a range of industry sectors, and has been integral to the practice's holistic offering as a result of his close relationships with the practice's construction and engineering; planning, government, infrastructure and environment; and commercial and disputes teams.
Doyle's Guide listed Rhett as recommended under leading Queensland property and real estate lawyers (2016 and 2019). He was also listed as recommended under leading Queensland commercial lawyers (2017).
- Michael Bracken
Michael is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and commercial practice in Sydney. He has an extensive corporate advisory, transaction and regulatory practice with a particular focus on financial services, banking and payments, insurance, reinsurance, capital markets, health funds and mutuals.
His expertise encompasses providing corporate and commercial legal advice to the financial services and insurance industry and related sectors, regulatory and governance advice in the insurance, financial services and health fund industry sectors, and ongoing liaison and dealings with regulators such as ASIC, APRA, ASX, Treasury and Department of Health
Michael has been listed as a Leading Lawyer in the AsiaLaw Profiles for Insurance and M&A in 2018, for Financial Services Regulatory (2015 and 2016) and Banking & Finance (2014, 2015 and 2016). Michael has also been recognised by Best Lawyers each year since 2017 for his expertise in Commercial Law. He was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009/10, 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13) for Corporate/M&A and in IFLR1000 Legal Guide (2015) for Financial Services Regulatory and M&A.
- Chris Jones
Chris is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice, with expertise in personal injury claims with a particular emphasis on defending institutional clients in historic institutional abuse cases.
Chris has more than 10 years' experience as an insurance lawyer, with extensive experience in both litigated claims and matters pursued through alternative dispute resolution forums, including cases where there has been active media involvement.
Chris primarily acts for religious organisations and their insurers in the historic institutional abuse space, and also works with clients in relation to the Federal Government's National Redress Scheme (Institutional Child Abuse), and (where applicable) their own pastoral care schemes.
For the last seven years, Chris has acted for insurers, as well as their insureds directly, in both litigation and non-litigation contexts, in historic abuse cases. Chris also has expertise in professional indemnity claims, acting mainly for lawyers and their insurers. He has acted for the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee, and its insureds, in both large-scale litigation (including shareholder class actions) and in smaller claims. He has also acted for Lawcover and its insureds in a variety of claims.
Chris has also represented insurers in a range of transport work, including marine recoveries and claims arising from road and sea carriage of goods. He has experience in the (legal) regulatory space.
- Toby Norgate
Toby has more than 19 years' experience advising clients on a range of commercial activities with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, financial services and franchising.
He has extensive experience advising clients in all aspects of their commercial activities, including involvement with the technology, transport and financial services industries.
Toby’s experience also includes the proprietorship of his own law firm and senior in-house counsel legal experience, including four years co-managing the legal and market supervision teams at the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX). This role gave him close involvement and insight into many of New Zealand’s biggest corporate transactions.
- Connie Chen
Connie provides advice to clients pursuing investment opportunities in both Australia and China.
Connie has expertise in international and domestic M&A transactions and has assisted clients with many significant projects in Australia, China and other parts of the world. She has extensive experience on corporate advisory work including structuring advice, joint ventures, transaction strategies, corporate restructuring, FIRB, due diligence, corporate governance, drafting and negotiating sale and purchase agreements, shareholders' agreements, finance documents and a wide range of other commercial documents.
With 20 years' experience, Connie is highly regarded in advising clients on infrastructure, real estate, mining and marine logistics projects. Connie has particular experience managing the acquisition and disposal of container terminal portfolios, having worked on over 45 ports and terminals projects in China, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and Africa.
Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Connie has practised for many years in both Australia and mainland China for leading international firms. She has lived and worked in Beijing and Shanghai and has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating legal documents requiring English and Chinese bilingual legal skills. Having worked extensively on both inbound and outbound Chinese investment projects, Connie understands the key elements required for a successful cross-border transaction between Australia and China.
- Glen Williams
Glen is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Brisbane restructuring and insolvency team, which operates within the broader dispute resolution practice.
He has significant experience in restructuring and insolvency and commercial litigation with a particular focus on banking and finance litigation. He acts for administrators, liquidators and receivers, as well as the major banks and financial institutions.
Glen's expertise encompasses providing focused legal advice to insolvency practitioners regarding all matters arising in the course of their administrations, conducting targeted litigation for external administrators and business enterprises, enforcing transaction documents, and acting as lead negotiator in the management and resolution of complex commercial disputes
Glen also provides strategic advice to boards, companies and businesses regarding turnaround options and implementation.
In the 2019 and 2020 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Glen is listed as a leading litigation lawyer.
- David Grant
David is a Partner in the disputes and investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
David's principal areas of practice include insolvency litigation, commercial litigation, Corporations Act applications, debt recovery, corporation investigations (including ASIC examinations) and advice on white collar crime. David's litigious experience also canvasses dealing with insolvency matters, banking and finance issues and royal commissions.
David has previously worked at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, where he was involved in enforcement and compliance, liaising with investigators and conducting litigation on behalf of the authority. He has also worked across foreign bribery and interference matters - some being the first of their kind in Australia.
In the 2017, 2019-2021 editions of Doyle's Guide, David is listed as a recommended Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Lawyer. In the 2018-2021 editions, David is also listed for Insolvency & Restructuring.
- Michael Nurse
Michael is a partner in the disputes and investigations team at Colin Biggers & Paisley and is passionately committed to achieving a successful result for his clients.
Michael handles a wide range of matters in Federal and Supreme Courts for companies in industries including property, telecommunications, media and information technology, education, defence contracting, and insurance among others.
Michael's areas of practice include commercial litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution, and the enforcement of domestic and overseas judgments.
- Morgan Lane
With experience in both the Sydney and Melbourne markets, and advising clients both locally and overseas and on cross-border transactions, Morgan offers broad corporate and commercial experience specialising in transactions, technology and IP/IT. Morgan's clients range from larger established corporates through to SMEs, start-ups and individuals.
Morgan's corporate advisory work includes handling various structural and commercial arrangements, including structuring start-ups and restructuring established businesses, fundraisings, asset and equity transactions, share schemes and advising on corporate governance, compliance and other operational matters.
In the tech space, Morgan advises in respect of technology and telecommunications related procurement and outsourcing (including service agreements, SLAs, SOWs), and giving advice in respect of media and communications matters, and investments in technology.
Morgan is also experienced in working with clients to commercialise and protect their IP (including licensing, acquisitions and litigation).
- Andrew Logie-Smith
Andrew is a forward thinking commercial and corporate lawyer with significant experience advising on complex commercial transactions, both domestically and internationally. His efforts focus on working with clients to define and achieve business goals and outcomes.
Possessing strong commercial skills that distinguish him from his peers, Andrew is increasingly involved in the corporate governance aspects of Boards and the interplay with directors' duties and responsibilities. More recently he has accepted directorships and advisory board positions, taking on the role of “independent director”. Andrew is an articulate team player with an extensive business network and is highly regarded by clients and peers.
A Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Andrew was admitted to legal practice in 1981 and comes from a commercial and corporate background, with a focus on strategic advice to business involving corporate governance and fund raising (Corporations Act and ASX Listings), mergers and acquisitions and the Federal Government contracts sector. Andrew's professional industry sector experience covers real estate, logistics, media, defence, manufacturing and primary industry.
Andrew graduated with a bachelors of laws and bachelors of economics, and joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2021.
- Michael Lanyon
Andrew is a forward thinking commercial and corporate lawyer with more than 40 years' experience advising on complex domestic and international commercial transactions. He has a sharp focus on working with clients to define and achieve business goals and outcomes.
Possessing strong commercial skills that distinguish him from his peers, Andrew is involved in the corporate governance aspects of boards and the interplay with directors' duties and responsibilities. He holds several directorships and advisory board positions, taking on the role of “independent director”. Andrew adeptly straddles the line between board room functions and responsibilities and those of adviser to C suite executives, having successfully fused together the roles of trusted corporate advisor, mentor and confidant.
Andrew is an articulate team player with an extensive business network. He is highly regarded by clients and peers who appreciate his approachable manner and innate understanding of the requirements of business. He is at ease in providing strategic advice to business involving corporate governance and fund raising (Corporations Act and ASX listings), mergers and acquisitions and the Federal Government contracts sector. Andrew's professional industry sector experience covers real estate, logistics, media, defence, manufacturing and primary industry.
- Ece Mustafa
Ece is a Partner in the national restructuring & insolvency team and is located in our Melbourne office.
Ece has considerable experience in personal and corporate insolvency advice and litigation, including bankruptcy and winding up proceedings, voluntary administrations, company liquidations and receiverships - acting for both company directors and insolvency practitioners.
She has conducted complex commercial litigation in a variety of jurisdictions, including both State and Federal Courts, and ranging from urgent interlocutory applications to trials, right through to appeals.
Ece's matters are wide ranging and diverse and include recovery of large international debts, commercial contractual disputes, shareholder and corporation’s disputes, trade practices claims, freezing orders/Anton Piller orders and litigation proceedings relating to property and construction, mortgage recovery including both possession and enforcement proceedings.
She has also conducted insurance litigation relating to property damage and consequential economic loss with respect to heavy vehicles and fatalities. In particular, I this includes acting in a number of matters in the Federal Court of Australia for clients under s 51 of the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 (Cth).
- Adrian Konstantinidis -
Adrian is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Disputes and Investigations team. Adrian has extensive experience acting in defence of class actions and complex commercial disputes.
Adrian has acted in some of Australia's major securities, employment and product liability class actions. In 2020, The Legal 500 recognised the practice's expertise in Dispute Resolution: Class actions.
He also has considerable experience in matters arising from contractual disputes, corporate collapses and financial services.
In 2021, Adrian was listed as a Litigation Rising Star by Lawyerly, which recognises lawyers under the age of 40 for their work in high stakes litigation.
- Philip Atkin
Philip Atkin is a Partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. He has significant experience in the defence of claims against a wide range of professionals including solicitors, construction professionals, real estate agents, mortgage and insurance brokers and financial services professionals. He has particular expertise in claims against solicitors and construction professionals.
Philip's construction insurance experience includes acting for professional indemnity insurers, D&C contractors and other builders, engineers, architects, building owners and property developers in significant building and construction disputes. He also acts in building industry workplace health and safety prosecutions and matters before building compliance and disciplinary boards.
Philip has had the conduct of large, multi-party disputes throughout Australia. He regularly appears in person for clients in private mediations and in court ordered alternative dispute resolution settings and achieves excellent results.
Philip is listed in the 2022 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law.
- Katherine Jones
Katherine is a Partner in the Disputes and Investigations team and an integral member of the Digital Governance team. With almost 15 years' experience in commercial litigation and disputes, Katherine is a well-rounded litigator in a number of legal areas, handling commercial and insurance disputes, Australian Consumer Law matters, complex litigation involving financial crime and bribery, cybercrime and fraud, and employment litigation.
Working extensively in large scale litigation, Katherine has acted for a broad range of clients including private and public corporations, financial institutions, fin-tech companies, insurers and high net worth individuals.
Katherine worked at Colin Biggers & Paisley for seven years before spending four years in Hong Kong in the commercial litigation team at Gall Solicitors, a specialist dispute resolution law firm. Hong Kong, as a financial hub, saw a large portion of Katherine's work involve fraud and cybercrimes.