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 66 partners and team of 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 2019-2021 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 is a partner in the property team. He practises primarily in commercial property and development and finance. Simon has experience in probate litigation and supervises the firm's probate work. Simon also has expertise in commercial law, including general corporate advice, trade practices, business sales and acquisitions and superannuation.
- 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
• listed as 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)
• 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 Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and commercial practice and is head of the China practice. 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 and 2017 as a leading commercial lawyer in Brisbane. Jon is also recognised for his expertise in commercial law in the 2016-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia. Best Lawyers recognised his expertise in agriculture and rural affairs in its 2021 edition.
- John Bowman
John is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate practice. 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, he has been the chairman of the due diligence committee for IPOs and devised and documented the due diligence process.
- David Kennedy
David is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate practice, and leads our hospitality and club law, and our intellectual property law teams. David is widely experienced in commercial law and provides 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:
• 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
• drafting and negotiating a range of corporate agreements
• directors’ duties, governance and compliance issues
• trusted advisory and corporate issues for boards and executive management
• setting up operations for foreign companies doing business in Australia
• 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 is a senior partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's 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 act 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.
Patrick also acts for financial institutions, insurers and underwriters at Lloyd’s and internationally. He frequently speaks at conferences on insurance and reinsurance topics throughout Australia and has been published in many professional journals.
Patrick is listed in a number of legal directories, including:
• Best Lawyers in Australia - listed as a leading insurance lawyer (2013-2020), as well as for alternative dispute resolution in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020
• Chambers and Partners - listed as a leading insurance lawyer and recognised as one of the best in his jurisdiction (2013-2016, 2019 and 2020)
• Who's Who Legal for insurance and reinsurance (in 2014 and 2016)
• Legal 500 Asia Pacific - listed as a leading individual in insurance (2015-2019 editions)
• Doyle's Guide - listed as a pre-eminent Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer (2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
• Insurance and Reinsurance ExpertGuides 2018
- 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.
Peter's practice includes large-scale and high volume recovery actions, as well as life insurance regulatory advice and claims defence policy drafting. He also acts for workers' compensation insurers and larger self-insured corporations in the defence of personal injury and workers' compensation claims.
Peter's practice focus covers professional indemnity, general liability, product liability, risk management, life insurance, policy drafting and interpretation, dispute resolution avenues, including mediation and arbitration, health and medical, reinsurance, workers' compensation, and wills and probate litigation.
Peter also regularly present papers and seminars on risk management to the legal profession, real estate agents and licensed conveyancers, and conduct training sessions for regional legal practitioners throughout NSW.
Outside of Colin Biggers & Paisley, Peter is an active member of the Cronulla community, and is involved in the management of sporting teams in the area.
- 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. He is listed in the 2014-2021 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law and product liability litigation. In the 2020 and 2021 editions, he 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 insurance and joint head of Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. He have over 25 years' experience as an insurance lawyer with extensive experience in general liability, professional indemnity, including medical malpractice, and general litigation. Gavin's clients include some of Australia's largest insurers, London market insurers and corporations.
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 has particular experience in medical malpractice and manage a range of claims for medical and allied health practitioners including acupuncturists, psychologists, radiographers, chiropractors, physiotherapist, sonographers, IVF clinics, Chinese traditional medicine practitioners, laser clinicians, optometrists, pharmacies/chemists, massage therapists, and personal trainers amongst others. These matters have included everything from responding to HCCC/AHPRA complaints (and appeals) through to large complex civil claims for personal injury, as well as coronial inquests and Medicare audits.
Gavin also has extensive expertise in general liability claims including bodily injury, property damage and product liability against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises. He has handled many complex high value claims involving catastrophic injuries, sensitive matters and those involving multiple jurisdictions. He also advises clients on risk management, recent legislative changes, and policy drafting and interpretation.
Gavin was honoured to be listed in Best Lawyers in Australia 2021 in the fields of 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 20 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.
Melissa also regularly lectures and presents training seminars to clients (both insurers and insureds) on risk management, as well as specific insurance-related issues, including policy interpretation, the Insurance Contracts Act 1984 and claims management generally.
In 2014-15 and 2016-2021, Melissa was listed in The Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law and was identified as a leading personal injury litigation lawyer in 2020 and 2021. In 2019, Melissa was recognised in Doyle's Guide as a leading professional indemnity lawyer (defendant insurance) in NSW. She also won the Mondaq Top Communicator Award for the most popular article in Australia for the month of August 2015. In 2017, she 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 45 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.
For the first 20 years of his practice Stuart acted for most of the International Group of P&I Clubs as well as the major participants in the Australian marine insurance market, handling liability claims, hull and cargo claims. He instructed overseas lawyers in cases that were conducted in the Privy Council in the United Kingdom, the US Supreme Court, as well as instructing interstate lawyers in the Supreme Courts of Queensland, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia and instructing counsel in leading cases in the Australian High Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court of New South Wales.
In the last 20 years Stuart has continued to act for the above markets and practised extensively in other commercial litigation cases, as well as in a significant High Court constitutional law case.
Stuart also advise clients in the transport and logistics industry in a wide range of admiralty, cargo liability, hull and liability claims areas, as well as advising clients on legislative changes, policy and documentary drafting and interpretation.
As President of the Comite Maritime International (CMI) from 2012 to 2018 and now as the Immediate Past President of the CMI, Stuart has been involved in advising on reform of international maritime law in diverse areas such as Places of Refuge for Ships, the Salvage Convention, the Judicial Sale of Ships and the Rotterdam Rules cargo liability convention amongst others. In doing so, Stuart has liaised with the Australian Government, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), UNCITRAL and other international organisations.
Apart from continuing activities on the CMI Executive Council, Stuart continues to write articles and book reviews for legal and maritime journals. Most notably Stuart has written book reviews on recent works concerning Captains Cook and Phillip, and Alexander Hamilton for Shipping Australia as well as a major critique, published in the Journal of International Maritime Law, of the UK Supreme Court's controversial decision concerning the burden of proof in cargo litigation in the Volcafe case.
- Jonathan Newby
Jonathan is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. His clients, including Australian and London market insurers, seek him out to handle their complex claims.
Jonathan runs a leading practice in construction and infrastructure disputes, both acting for contractors and design professionals and managing claims under project insurance policies. He is also regularly retained to act in defence of a broad range of professional service providers and firms, by insurers on contentious insurance coverage disputes, and in large-scale and contentious directors and officers matters for defence, as well as coverage and monitoring instructions.
Jonathan has been recognised by several legal sector publications including 2020 Expert Guides for Insurance and Reinsurance, 2021 Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading professional malpractice litigation lawyer and in Doyle's Guide 2020 as a recommended professional indemnity lawyer in New South Wales.
Ever since Jonathan was admitted as a solicitor, he has acted for a wide range of professionals, with a particular focus on the construction and financial services industries. He enjoys the challenge of mastering the intricacies of each of these specialist disciplines.
Jonathan's practice extends to coverage and defence of shareholder class actions and as a result he has been deeply involved in some of the most substantial litigation in that space in recent years. He is viewed as a go-to lawyer on large-scale claims with many of the disputes he is instructed on being for tens and hundreds of millions of dollars, both as defence counsel and for coverage.
Jonathan is regularly retained by leading construction professional indemnity insurers in the market for defence and coverage and monitoring instructions. He has gained extensive expertise in project specific insurance projects and engineering defence work but he acts across the board for construction professionals. In recent times, Jonathan has been at the forefront of legal actions arising from the cladding crisis.
Prior to practising law, Jonathan worked in risk management for one of the largest US ski resorts. He is a passionate skier and avid traveller, both of which are now done with his young children in tow. Those children are of limited assistance in his wine collecting.
- Amanda Ryding
Amanda is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice, with expertise 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 advises insurers in respect of a wide range of claims against directors, both under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and the common law. 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 practise 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, when she practised in the UK.
In the 2014-2021 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 her as a recommended Sydney professional indemnity lawyer.
- Greg Skehan
Greg is a senior partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. He began his professional career as a construction lawyer and subsequently moved into the insurance area with a diverse practice across all areas of insurance. He has a particular emphasis on policy wordings, liability issues and litigation. He is extremely experienced in all forms of commercial negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution.
Greg's areas of expertise include:
• Professional indemnity, directors’ and officers’ (D&O) cover - dealing with claims and policy wording
• Construction risk - policy interpretation and claims
• Property damage claims including business interruption, loss of use, etc
• General liability - policy writing/amendment and claims
• Medical negligence
• Personal accident
• Acting as arbitrator in insurance disputes
• Acting in credit and financial risk issues, including the issuing and performance of insurance bonds/guarantees
• Acting in marine disputes, including personal injury and property damage claims
• Drafting contracts of insurance or endorsements thereto, particularly professional risk, D&O and liability wordings
• Advising insurers and reinsurers on all aspects of reinsurance
In later years Greg has increasingly been involved in corporate governance/board of directors advisory. He has acted as a director or advisor to a number of private companies including an engineering company with offices in Australia and the Middle East, a construction company and a large community care company retaining some 1,200 people.
Under Greg's leadership, Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance team in Sydney was awarded the ALB Mettle Insurance Specialist Law Firm of the Year Award for 2008. Proudly, with him as senior partner, Colin Biggers & Paisley advises many of Australia's largest corporations and government departments in all matters involving property development, construction, infrastructure and the insurance requirements including representing insurers in pursuing subrogated recovery claims.
Greg is extremely proud to be listed for insurance in the 2013-2020 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia. In addition, Best Lawyers in Australia listed him in the field of class action litigation in the 2018 and 2019 editions, and in 2020 he was listed as a leading insurance, construction and infrastructure and class action litigation lawyer. He has been recommended in insurance by the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2016, and is listed in the 2013-2020 editions of Chambers and Partners as a leading individual in insurance. In 2015-2016 and 2018-2020, Doyle's Guide listed him as a leading Sydney professional indemnity lawyer and in 2016, Who's Who Legal listed Greg as a leading insurance and reinsurance lawyer. Greg is also listed in the 2016, and 2018-2020 ExpertGuides for insurance and reinsurance.
In Greg's downtime he enjoys sailing and fishing.
- Brad Kermond
Brad leads Colin Biggers & Paisleys construction and engineering practice. He 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 is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's disputes and investigations practice.
David has wide-ranging expertise in commercial disputes and considerable experience in running defamation claims and defences for clients including companies and high profile individuals.
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 joining Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2008, David has provided advice on potentially defamatory material in a range of media - extending from bowls club noticeboards and P&C committee meeting minutes to publications in major metropolitan newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review.
In particular, David has advised clients in relation to press interest and media coverage arising out of ICAC investigations and the reporting of evidence taken in various ICAC hearings.
Since 2014, David has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. He was listed as a leading product liability lawyer in the 2017-2020 editions. David is also listed in the 2016-2019 editions of Doyle's Guide 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.
Leanne is the client relationship manager for a number of Colin Biggers & Paisley’s key clients, including:
• Pfizer Australia
• Australian Institute of Conveyancers
- Peter Harkin
Peter is a partner in and lead of Colin Biggers & Paisley's restructuring and insolvency practice. He has a deep expertise and experience in restructuring distressed entities in the building and construction, property, registered club and SME sectors.
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.
Peter acts for liquidators, voluntary administrators, deed administrators, directors and boards on all significant issues pertaining to restructuring and insolvency including:
• advising boards as to their obligations
• presenting claims on behalf of liquidators
• developing turn around strategies to assist companies avoid insolvencies
• developing formulating and documenting deeds of company arrangements and creditors' trusts
• advising liquidators and administrators at meetings of creditors and throughout their appointments.
In the 2019-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Peter was listed as a leading insolvency and reorganisation and litigation lawyer. In the 2020 and 2021 editions, Peter was 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's clients include many of the leading insolvency and restructuring firms in Australia, a number of Australian and US-based banks and financial institutions, several multinational manufacturing, construction and property development companies and a number of Australian universities.
Scott is a member of the Law Council of Australia's Insolvency and Reconstruction Sub-Committee (former deputy chair), the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association, the Turnaround Management Association of Australia, the Banking and Financial Services Law Association and Commercial Lawyers Association, and INSOL (International Association of Restructuring, Insolvency & Bankruptcy Professionals).
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 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 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 advises corporations and their officers on achieving safety compliance and delivering best practice solutions to safety management. This includes delivering seminars and interactive discussions with directors and officers on their WHS due diligence obligations.
Greg has conducted many workplace investigations involving misconduct and bullying and harassment allegations and providing seminars to personnel to manage these risks. He also manages any union disputes and employment issues.
Greg has many years' experience in private practice in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth, working for national corporations in a wide range of industries including mining, construction, transport, retail, labour hire and oil and gas.
Greg is listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading occupational health and safety lawyer in every edition since 2016, and in 2019 and 2020 he was listed in Doyle's Guide as a recommended workplace health and safety lawyer.
Outside of work, he regularly competes in the sport of triathlon and trail running.
- Kristen Lopes
Kristen is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's employment and safety practice with expertise in employment, industrial relations and discrimination law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature.
Kristen regularly acts on behalf of a diverse range of employers across a broad range of sectors including: insurance, education, faith-based, service, retail, financial, manufacturing, clubs, healthcare, construction, shipping and not for profit.
Kristen assist clients to respond to employment claims in the courts and tribunals. These claims include; applications for unfair dismissal, general protection claims, bullying complaints, discrimination complaints, sexual harassment complaints and common law breach of contract claims.
In addition, Kristen provides advice on legislation relevant to the workplace, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and assist clients to deal with workplace issues. She also has extensive experience speaking at conferences and conducting client seminars on workplace issues. 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.
- Alex Rhydderch
Alex is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and disputes resolution practice. He has expertise in commercial, intellectual property and technology law. He holds a Master of Laws, post graduate qualifications in trade mark law and practice, and is a registered trademarks attorney, in addition to being a solicitor.
Alex provides advice 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.
Alex also advises on 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).
- Dr Andrew Murray
Andrew is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's construction and engineering practice.
Andrew's practice focuses principally on front-end construction matters, including advice in relation to contract drafting and negotiation and all aspects of contract administration. He also has extensive experience in relation to claims management issues, the resolution of disputes through litigation (including in the Federal, Supreme and District Courts) and alternative dispute resolution approaches.
In the 2019-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, Andrew is listed as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. In 2020, Doyle's Guide recognised Andrew as a recommended front end construction, infrastructure and major projects lawyer in NSW.
Andrew was awarded a doctorate (SJD) from the University of Sydney for his thesis focusing on reforming the law relating to legal professional privilege in the context of expert evidence. He enjoys presenting and has delivered a number of seminars to legal and forensic professionals on various topics, including litigation, insolvency law, the law relating to expert evidence and the enforceability of dispute resolution clauses in construction contracts.
Outside of professional life, Andrew is passionate about dogs, classical music and Korean food.
- Bob Miljevic
Bob is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property and development practice. 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. He 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 whole of building acquisitions, both commercial and retail, including full due diligence coordination and reporting.
- Duane Keighran
Duane is the deputy head of Colin Biggers & Paisley's national property and development practice, as well as the head of the cross-practice dedicated hotels, tourism and hospitality team, and the leader of the Middle East and Korean practices.
Duane's expertise includes property development, management and investment; hotel and serviced apartment management, franchising and refurbishment; strata and community title structuring; high value leasing and joint venture arrangements.
Duane's experience has led him to advise on numerous, iconic mixed-use developments and large-scale transactions throughout Australia, as well as in the Middle East, North and East Africa and Eastern Europe. He is consistently ranked in Legal 500 and Chambers Global, where Duane is noted as being "widely regarded as a go-to practitioner for hospitality matters" and "well respected for his work with clients in the hospitality sector." Duane was also recognised by Who's Who Legal in 2020 as a leading individual for his expertise in hospitality in Australia.
In 2018, Duane was recognised for his expertise in Real Estate (Expertise Based Abroad) - United Arab Emirates, by Chambers and Partners Global.
In recent times, Duane has negotiated hotel deals involving international hotel operators across a range of their brands, including Starwood, Hilton, Rezidor, Marriott, Accor, Movenpick, Versace and Banyan Tree (which include new build hotels, re-flagging and refurbishment, mixed use, and sales or acquisitions).
Duane acts for a wide variety of clients, including developers, hotel operators, investors, fund managers, landlords and tenants.
- 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 is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's banking and finance practice, and national co-head of the commercial and dispute resolution group. She has expertise in banking and finance law with an emphasis on corporate and construction finance. Kate primarily 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.
Kate has also acted on a number of insolvency work-outs and have a keen focus in the area of distressed debt trading.
- Michael Russell
Michael is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice and a member of the disputes and investigations team. He is an experienced disputes and insurance litigator who provides advice to a broad range of clients, including listed entities, insurers, financial institutions, directors, executives and professionals.
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.
Michael leads the class action practice at Colin Biggers & Paisley and has acted in various capacities on some of Australia's largest commercial and class action litigation.
In 2020, Legal 500 recognised the practice's expertise in dispute resolution: class actions and Best Lawyers recognised Michael's expertise in litigation.
- 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 advises clients on business acquisitions and disposals, regulatory issues, negotiation and drafting of contracts, carriage of goods and passengers by sea, air and land, ship arrest and admiralty.
Stephen joined the legal practice as a partner in 2016.
- 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.
In the intellectual property space, Tim has acted on a range of copyright, trade mark, patent and related disputes in the Federal Court and Supreme Court. Tim holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and has a unique understanding of the issues that arise in technology related 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.
Todd's expertise includes:
- litigation in the Land and Environment, Supreme and District Courts on matters such as:
- refusals of development and modification applications
- criminal prosecutions for threatened species and development without consent
- compulsory acquisition proceedings
- valuation of land proceedings
- Local Government Act matters
- section 88K easements
- trespass disputes
- due diligence for greenfield and brownfield sites, linear infrastructure projects, and business acquisitions covering native title and Aboriginal land
rights issues, Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 actions, as well as pollution and development compliance issues
- approval and compliance issues for all tiers of development and activity
- land access strategies and "problem shooting" over congested sites
- probity and governance issues impacting on projects and government decision making
- project documentation, including contract drafting, interpretation and disputes relating to voluntary planning agreements, contamination
responsibilities, and compulsory acquisitions
In 2018, Doyle's Guide recognised Todd as a leading environment and climate change lawyer and in 2019 as a recommended planning and development lawyer. Todd was recognised in the 2020 and 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading lawyer in government practice, and planning and environmental 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. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne where her Arts major was in modern Greek and speaks Greek fluently.
- 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 Tulloch
Andrew is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance practice. His 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 has extensive knowledge in subrogated recovery actions against air and sea carriers. He also has experience in policy interpretation and drafting. He has worked both in Australia and overseas providing advice to insurers in relation to these issues and have extensive knowledge of both the Australian Insurance Contracts Act 1984 and the Marine Insurance Act 1909 (Cth).
Andrew has advised many major corporations on supply chain and logistics contracts and have also advised on a number of major disputes regarding damage to offshore energy facilities.
Andrew has had significant involvement over many years in the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand and the Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, and was the past President of the latter Association. Andrew regularly participates in the Sydney Marine Discussion Group and was a founding member of both the Melbourne Marine Insurance Forum and the Australian Aviation Insurance Forum.
Andrew has been ranked as a leading lawyer for shipping in Chambers and Partners each year since 2014. He is listed as a leading individual in transport law, as well as being recommended in this practice area in the editions of Legal 500 Asia Pacific since 2015, including the latest edition. Additionally he is listed as a leading lawyer in the shipping and aviation sections in Who's Who Legal Transport 2019.
Andrew is also listed in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of aviation, insurance, trade and transportation. In addition, Best Lawyers named me Lawyer of the Year in trade law in 2016 and in the 2017 and 2020 editions he was listed as the Lawyer of the Year in aviation. He 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 is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's construction and engineering practice.
Nathan 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 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 and an accomplished public speaker and have presented numerous seminars and conference papers on construction contract drafting, risk allocation and other construction law topics.
Nathan is an accredited specialist in commercial litigation (Law Institute of Victoria) and recognised in multiple directories for his work. In 2015, 2017 and 2018, Nathan was listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended construction lawyer in Victoria. In the 2019-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia, he was also listed as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer.
- 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 2018-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of alternative dispute resolution and in the 2020 and 2021 editions for insurance law. In the 2019-2021 editions, Best Lawyers also recognised him as a leading litigation lawyer.
- Paul O'Halloran
Paul is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's employment and safety team and an accredited specialist in workplace relations. He helps resolve complex matters in the workplace, with a particular focus on corporate and institutional culture, reportable conduct, stakeholder safety, serious misconduct, industrial action, employee misdeeds and reputational risk.
Increasingly, Paul's team are called upon to assist clients in the education, child care, aged care, health and labour hire sectors where a critical incident has occurred in the workplace and the organisation's future is in jeopardy, requiring the implementation of smart strategies to respond to the ensuing legal, cultural, governance and media challenges.
Paul's team work with clients to develop and implement integrated legal and communication strategies designed to mitigate liability; avoid adverse media; protect organisational brands and reputation and preserve stakeholder confidence.
Prior to practising as a lawyer, Paul played a critical role in state and federal judicial and court administration for a 10 -year period while working at the Supreme Court of Victoria and Federal Magistrates Court of Australia, where he worked with two Chief Justices. Paul also held an executive position at the Family Court of Australia where he was responsible for overall delivery of registry services to the judiciary and self-represented litigants, as well as the management and supervision of 60 registry staff.
- 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.
- Seamus Gunson
Seamus is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's property practice. He has more than 20 years' experience working in commercial property law across Australia, South East Asia and Europe.
Seamus' practice covers all aspects of residential, commercial and industrial and retail property, including sales and acquisitions, leasing, due diligence, subdivisions and industrial developments. His clients include leading property trusts and corporations, investors, commercial landlords, tenants and property developers.
Seamus has worked for clients on matters involving commercial and residential construction, projects and infrastructure. He has expertise in working with listed and unlisted property trusts and associated regulatory compliance.
Seamus is recognised as a leader in his field and was named as a leading property and real estate lawyer – Melbourne in the 2016 Doyle's Guide.
- 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 was honoured to have been recognised in Best Lawyers in Australia annually since 2014 in the field of insurance law. She has also been recommended by Doyle's Guide as a recommended Melbourne medical negligence and malpractice lawyer in 2018 and 2019, and as a recommended dust diseases lawyer in 2020. Vanessa practises predominantly in the area of personal injury.
A significant component of Vanessa's practice involves acting for an insurer and its insureds in the defence of historical sexual abuse claims for a number of church orders. While many of these claims proceed through an alternative dispute resolution process, a large number are litigated in a specialist list in the Supreme Court of Victoria.
A major part of her practice involves acting for a former manufacturer of asbestos products in the defence of its asbestos claims.
Vanessa has particular experience in medical malpractice, and manage a range of claims for medical and allied health practitioners including psychologists, chiropractors, physiotherapists and nurses. These matters have included everything from responding to disciplinary complaints to AHPRA, through to large complex civil claims for catastrophic personal injury, as well as coronial inquests.
Vanessa also defends general liability claims against aged care facilities, builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises.
Vanessa actively participates in Women in Insurance and the Australian Professional Indemnity Group, having been a committee member of both organisations in the past and regularly attend networking events and educational seminars run by these organisations.
- Ben Caldwell
Ben is a partner in the planning government infrastructure and environment group in Colin Biggers & Paisley's Brisbane office.
Ben is a specialist planning, government, infrastructure and environment lawyer. Ben is recognised for his expertise in local government law, Planning and Environment Court litigation, drafting of agreements and statutory documents and providing advice in respect of infrastructure charging and offsetting arrangements for urban and regional infrastructure.
Ben has acted for local governments, distributor-retailers and private sector corporations in many of Queensland's largest and complex projects.
Since 2014, Ben has been listed in industry listings such as Doyle's Guide and Best Lawyers which recognises his expertise in his specialist areas of practice.
Ben is a father of three and designer and builder of projects.
- 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 a multidisciplinary lawyer holding, in addition to a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Economics) and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning.
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 dispute resolution 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.
Mathew was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1999 and in Queensland in 2004. Mathew is also admitted to practice in the High Court and the Federal Court of Australia.
- 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 2017-2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of real property law. In the 2020 and 2021 editions, she is also listed for leasing law. In addition, Rebecca is recognised in the 2020 edition of Doyle's Guide as a recommended property and real estate lawyer.
- Rhett Oliver
Rhett is the national head of Colin Biggers & Paisley's property and development practice. He has over 17 years of property and development related experience, offering end-to-end real estate services to leading property development businesses across Australia.
Rhett's 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.
Rhett advises both private and public entities from a range of industry sectors, and have been integral to the practice's holistic offering as a result of close relationships with the practice's construction and engineering; planning, government, infrastructure and environment; and commercial and disputes teams.
Rhett has also been the primary architect behind the practice's bi-annual 'Property Think Tank' events in Brisbane, which bring together thought leaders in the Queensland property market with the aim of furthering innovation and opportunity in the industry.
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).
- Victor Borzillo
Victor is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's construction and engineering practice. He has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provide tailored and commercially focused advice in relation to structuring projects, preparing, negotiating and administering contracts, and resolving complex disputes and claims through a range of court proceedings, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations and general commercial negotiations.
In addition to many years of private practice experience, Victor has considerable in-house experience as an independent consultant providing both legal and project management services. As well as providing external advice, he has also worked internally as part of large project teams responsible for the delivery and commissioning of major marine, mining, manufacturing and water infrastructure projects.
He is regularly called upon by national and international senior executives and boards across a range of business sectors to provide advice on commercial and project related issues.
- 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, including the e-commerce sector, banks, non-bank financial institutions, financial services providers and intermediaries such as futures and commodities dealers and broking houses, payment system operators, health funds, medical defence mutuals, medical indemnity insurers and reinsurers
- regulatory and governance advice in the insurance, financial services and health fund industry sectors, including APRA Legislation and Prudential Standards together with advice to boards on director liability, directors' and officers' risk, coverage and compliance
- 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 and finance (2014-2016). He has also been recognised by Best Lawyers each year since 2017 for his expertise in commercial law and was selected for inclusion in the Asia Pacific Legal 500 (2009-2013) 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 close to 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 is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and commercial practice. He has more than 20 years' experience advising clients on a range of commercial activities with a particular focus on mergers and acquisitions and capital markets.
Toby 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 includes the proprietorship of a boutique corporate and technology focused law firm and senior in-house counsel legal experience encompassing:
• a six-month secondment in the Telstra legal team
• acting as in-house legal adviser to the manager of listed index funds
• three years at the New Zealand Securities Commission
• four years co-managing the legal and market supervision teams at the New Zealand Stock Exchange (NZX)
These later roles gave Toby close involvement and insight into many of New Zealand’s biggest corporate transactions. Toby also sits on the board of an incorporated association that aims to champion emerging technologies.
When not in the office, Toby has a keen interest in music and is often seen walking his dog.
- Connie Chen
Connie is a partner in Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and commercial practice, and also works in the China practice. Her focus is providing advice to clients pursuing investment opportunities in both Australia and China.
Connie has expertise in international and domestic mergers and acquisitions, 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 for her advice to clients on infrastructure, real estate, mining and marine logistics projects. She 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 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.
Outside of work, Connie enjoys spending time with the family, yoga, swimming and walking.
- 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, including facility agreements, guarantees and securities for banks and finance providers
• 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.