2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
Founded in 1900.
Colin Biggers & Paisley has achieved consistent growth and developed long-term client relationships since it was founded over 100 years ago. Colin Biggers & Paisley now has nearly 500 people, including 69 partners and over 150 lawyers.
Colin Biggers & Paisley is a specialist in construction, insurance, property, government, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, commercial and corporate, employment and safety, planning and environment, restructuring and insolvency, and transport and logistics.
We retain skilled people and maintain sophisticated technical resources to provide practical and reliable legal solutions. We have a national and international presence, with many of our lawyers admitted in multiple jurisdictions.
We foster our client relationships through regular communication from partners who are committed to taking a hands-on approach. Our commitment to client service is paramount.
2 Park Street Sydney
New South Wales 2000
- Chris Rumore
Chris Rumore is a senior partner and leads the property team. Chris practises in the areas of commercial property and general commercial work, acting for property developers, corporations, property trusts, institutions and government departments and instrumentalities on all manner of property transactions. He has written a very substantial number of articles and has given numerous seminars on topics related to property law. Chris has particular expertise in the structuring of complex property development transactions including joint venture, project delivery, project management and syndication arrangements. Chris was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in March 1974. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.
- Dunstan de Souza
Dunstan joined the firm as a graduate solicitor in 1985. He became a partner in 1993, practising primarily in property development, and was subsequently made managing partner in 2007. Dunstan’s deep understanding of the firm has enabled him to build significantly on its successes in recent years. Under Dunstan’s stewardship, Colin Biggers & Paisley has evolved into an elite firm, recognised for its top-tier work, particularly in the specialisations of insurance, construction, property and commercial litigation. Over the past four years, the firm’s revenue growth has exceeded 40 per cent. Dunstan has been responsible for the firm chalking up many ‘firsts’ in the legal sector. It was the first Australian law firm to open an office in the United Arab Emirates. Dunstan is a founding member of ADVOC Asia and was its President from 2002-2014. He is currently a member of ADVOC Asia's International Executive. Dunstan’s aspiration is not only for the firm to achieve excellence in all it does, but also to be respectful and compassionate, to support staff to be the best they can be, and to build 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. Simon was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1976 and as a Public Notary of the Supreme Court of NSW in 1992.
- Brendan Maier
Brendan is a partner in the property team. Brendan has practical experience in the property and finance industry, having previously worked as in-house legal counsel for one of Australia's largest property developers. Brendan works for property developers, construction and finance companies, state and local government authorities, commercial, industrial and retail investors. He advises on a range of transactions including site acquisition and disposal, development agreements, finance and syndication arrangements, environmental remediation, leases, hotels and serviced apartments, contractual disputes and off-the-plan sales. Brendan was admitted as a solicitor in the ACT in 1997 and in NSW in 2000. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Jon Meadmore
Jon is a partner in the commercial and corporate team. 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 holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in addition to his law degree. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
- John Bowman
John is a partner in the commercial and corporate 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. John was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1976. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- David Kennedy
David is a partner in the commercial and 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 was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1975. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Simone Whetton
Simone is a partner in the commercial and corporate team. Simone's 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. Simone 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 is fluent in German and acts for many German and foreign companies operating in Australia.
- Patrick Monahan
Patrick is a senior partner and leads the insurance team. Patrick is regarded as one of Australia’s leading lawyers in professional indemnity insurance and directors' and officers' liability insurance. Patrick's expertise includes dispute resolution and litigation, in particular involving financial services, professional negligence, insurance litigation, commercial litigation and defamation. He acts for financial institutions, insurers and underwriters at Lloyd’s and internationally. In 2013 and 2014, Patrick was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia and Chambers and Partners. In 2014 he was listed in Who's Who Legal for insurance and reinsurance. Patrick was listed as a leading individual in insurance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. Patrick was ranked by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 as one of the best lawyers in his jurisdiction.
- Peter Moran
Peter is a partner in the insurance team and has over 30 years' extensive experience in insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation. He has expertise in the defence of claims against solicitors and other professionals, as well as in general liability litigation. Peter has been a Lawcover panel solicitor for 23 years. His experience also includes policy drafting. Peter regularly presents papers and seminars to clients and the legal profession. He conducts training sessions for regional legal practitioners throughout NSW on good practice and risk management. In 2014, Peter was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. Peter was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1983. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Paul Bannon
Paul Bannon is a partner in the insurance team and started his career as a construction lawyer. He 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 and commercial projects to domestic dwellings. He has also acted for numerous other professions, instructed by their PI insurers. Paul also acts in relation to directors' and officers' liability and construction risk insurance. He has been involved in policy drafting, particularly in relation to home warranty insurance and professional indemnity policies. Paul has advised as defence and coverage counsel in shareholder class actions. In 2014 Paul was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance and product liability litigation lawyer. Paul was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1982. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of NSW, VIC and ACT, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Keith Bethlehem
Keith is a partner in the insurance team. 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. Keith has worked internationally gaining extensive experience in the Lloyd’s market, with a particular specialisation in defending claims against financial institutions and investment professionals. Recently, Keith 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 has also acted for both insureds and insurers on policy disputes involving insurance and reinsurance agreements. 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 key individual in Chambers and Partners and as a Recommended Lawyer in the Legal 500. In 2014 Keith was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law. Keith was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999.
- Gavin Creighton
Gavin is a partner in the insurance team with extensive experience in professional indemnity, general liability and general litigation. He currently specialises in defending a wide range of professional indemnity claims, particularly against construction industry professionals, accountants and real estate agents, as well as general liability claims against builders, contractors, retailers and occupiers of commercial premises. 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 was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1995. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court.
- Melissa Fenton
Melissa is a partner in the insurance team. Melissa has been a litigation lawyer for nearly 20 years and has extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution, spanning general liability and professional indemnity claims, acting for insurers and professionals in a variety of different areas. Melissa has experience in 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. 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 has lectured and presented training seminars to clients on a range of subjects including insurance policy interpretation, the operation of aggregation clauses and the drafting of pleadings. In 2014 Melissa was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law. Melissa was admitted to the Federal Court, the High Court of Australia and the ACT Supreme Court in 1997. In 2002 she was admitted to the NSW Supreme Court.
- Stuart Hetherington
Stuart Hetherington leads the transport and logistics team in both Sydney and Melbourne. 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 ?re, professional indemnity, directors' and of?cers' liability, product liability, ?nancial institutions and business interruption. Stuart was awarded the Lloyd’s List DCN Maritime Service Award in 2010. In October 2012, Stuart was appointed the first non-European President of the prestigious Comité Maritime International (CMI). In 2013 and 2014, Stuart was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for shipping, marine and transportation and in Chambers and Partners for shipping. Stuart was also awarded the 2014-2015 Sydney Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Australia. Stuart was listed as a recommended lawyer in transport by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015, and as a leading lawyer in shipping by Who's Who Legal Transport 2015. Stuart was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1973 and admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1978. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of NSW and Victoria, the Federal Court and the High Court of Australia.
- Jonathan Newby
Jonathan is a partner in the insurance team. He has a substantial professional indemnity practice, acting for a wide range of professionals including construction professionals, brokers, accountants, auditors, insolvency practitioners, private certifiers, valuers, financial planners and medical and allied health practitioners. Jonathan has worked extensively on policy coverage matters across a spectrum of policy types, including D&O, professional indemnity, contract works, project specific and liability policies. Jonathan also acts in claims related to product liability, property damage, business interruption, economic loss, misleading and deceptive conduct and shareholder class actions. He has acted for insurers of a state-owned energy generation corporation in a series of power station outages and reinsurers involved in the Pan Pharmaceuticals collapse and class action. The majority of his work originates from the London market.
- Amanda Ryding
Amanda 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 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 practised in the UK. In 2014 Amanda was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. She was also listed in the Legal 500 as a recommended insurance lawyer for her 'incredible ability to formulate strategy’. Amanda was admitted to the Supreme Court in WA in 1989 and in NSW in 2001. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Courts of WA and NSW, the Federal Court and High Court of Australia, as well as the High Court of England and Wales.
- Greg Skehan
Greg began his professional career as a construction lawyer before moving into the insurance area with a diverse practice across all areas of insurance. This includes construction risk, professional indemnity, directors' and officers' liability, accident, health, products, property and reinsurance. He is extremely experienced in all forms of commercial negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution. With Greg as senior partner, the firm advises many of Australia's largest corporations and government departments in all matters involving property development, construction, infrastructure and the insurance requirements. Greg returned to Sydney in October 2009, having spent the prior 18 months running the firm's associated offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Since returning from the UAE, Greg's time has been spent advising a variety of clients on risk management, corporate governance, due diligence and a variety of commercial dealings. He is on the board of a number of corporations and a board adviser to others. In 2013 and 2014 Greg was listed in Best Lawyers for insurance. He was also listed in Chambers and Partners.
- Brad Kermond
Brad leads the construction team. 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. Brad has lectured at conferences for the construction industry and regularly conducts in-house lectures for clients on matters of interest to their business. He is a member of several construction industry associations.
- Nick Crennan
Nick is a partner in the construction team. He advises and acts for businesses and professionals involved in construction, infrastructure and mining projects. His expertise is in helping clients prevent or manage obstacles, disputes and other challenges which arise and in developing and executing strategies to resolve them. Nick is an accredited adjudicator and a trained mediator. He leads an energetic, enthusiastic and highly skilled team of professionals acting on some of the most complex projects and disputes in Australia as well as overseas. Nick was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1987. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia.
- James Neal
James is a partner in the construction team. 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". James’ 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. James was admitted as a solicitor in 2002.
- Jonathan Stafford
Jonathan is a partner in the construction team and has over 14 years' experience in advising government, developers, contractors, consultants and financiers on a broad range of construction and infrastructure projects in Australia, Asia and the UK. His experience covers a broad range of sectors, including residential, retail, commercial, health, education, roads, rail, ports, energy and telecommunications projects. Jonathan specialises in advising clients on the procurement, structuring and delivery of projects, the allocation of risks and the drafting and negotiation of project documentation, including construction contracts, subcontracts, consultants' appointments, operation and maintenance agreements, interface agreements and security and finance documents. His experience covers a variety of contracting structures, including construct-only, design & construct, alliances, PPPs, construction management, managing contractor, EPC/EPCM and operation and maintenance contracts. Jonathan regularly provides ongoing advice to clients during the construction and operation of projects, including advising on contract administration, work health and safety issues, environmental matters, Security of Payment claims and construction disputes. In 2014 Jonathan was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. He is admitted to practice in both England and Wales and NSW. Jonathan regularly presents to clients and to the construction industry on a variety of construction law topics.
- Geoff Standen
Geoff is a partner in the construction team. He has practised extensively in all areas of the law relating to the building, construction and engineering industries and is highly regarded for his work. Geoff's practice is primarily centred on commercial, industrial, rail, mining, energy and infrastructure projects and extends from project inception to dispute resolution. He is heavily involved in project structuring, contract documentation, project risk analysis and claims advice and management. He also conducts a substantial litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice. Geoff is involved in major projects including power projects, hospitals, prisons and water and sewerage infrastructure and has extensive experience in PPP projects. He also advises participants in the rail, mining and resources, and energy sectors. Geoff has lectured at the University of New South Wales on commercial arbitration and at the University of Technology Sydney on business law. He also lectures at various conferences and seminars. International publications, such as the Asia Pacific Legal 500, Best Lawyers in Australia and Chambers and Partners, have also noted Geoff's expertise in the construction and engineering field. He was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1977.
- Antony Riordan
Antony leads the commercial litigation and dispute resolution team, and is a partner in the construction team. He has experience in all areas of commercial, construction and engineering litigation and alternative dispute resolution, including expert appraisal, expert determination, mediation and arbitration. He has been recognised in the Australian Legal Business Journal as a leading intellectual property and construction lawyer. Antony has acted for clients in the private sector (including individuals, large international corporations and smaller businesses), the public sector, professional indemnity and public liability insurers, architects, engineers, local councils, contractors, banks, liquidators and administrators. Antony has advised on the preparation and negotiation of contract documentation across a broad range of construction, engineering and infrastructure projects. Antony has advised and acted for state government departments in complex work health and safety prosecutions in the NSW Industrial Commission. Antony is also skilled in managing complex major disputes requiring the ability to manage and lead a litigation project team in addition to legal expertise. In 2014 Antony was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer. Antony was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1987. He is admitted to practice in NSW, Queensland, WA, Victoria, ACT and NT.
- David Miller
David is a partner in both the insurance and the commercial and corporate teams. 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. His Masters of Law included significant work on the question of causation and the use of epidemiological evidence in asbestos cases. David is also experienced in corporate governance and risk management (including regulator actions involving the ACCC and various Workcover authorities), Australian Consumer Law issues and commercial disputes. During 2014, David acted for various parties called to give evidence before the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption in Operation Credo and Operation Spicer. As a former in-house counsel, David is acutely aware of the reputational and financial risks which can arise when a claim is made and works with his clients to proactively address those aspects of the dispute resolution process. In 2014 David was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. David was admitted to practice in NSW and the Federal Court in 2000.
- Leanne Walker
Leanne is a partner in the commercial litigation and dispute resolution team. She specialises in property and leasing-based disputes, contract disputes, professional negligence and insolvency law. Leanne has acted for clients in the private and public sector, including professional indemnity and general liability insurers, local councils, contractors, liquidators, trustees and administrators. Leanne has experience in dealing with complex disputes, with the ability to lead a litigation project team. Leanne was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2002. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Peter Harkin
Peter leads the restructuring and insolvency team. 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. Peter was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1985. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
- Scott Hedge
Scott is a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team and one of Australia's leading insolvency and restructuring lawyers. Scott has consistently been listed in Best Lawyers and Chambers for insolvency and restructuring. He 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 specialises in commercial dispute resolution and he has conducted substantial commercial litigation across all Australian jurisdictions. His practice also focuses on alternative dispute resolution. A trained mediator, Scott has acted for parties in many complex commercial mediations and expert determinations. Scott numbers among his clients 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 has a particular specialisation in advising directors of both publicly listed and private companies when those companies are facing turnaround issues or restructuring debt. He has often advised the boards of local subsidiaries of multi-national companies. He also regularly advises non-Australian corporations on issues arising under Australian corporations and insolvency law. In 2013 and 2014 Scott was listed as a key individual in Chambers and Partners and as a leading insolvency lawyer in Best Lawyers in Australia.
- Greg McCann
Greg is a partner in the employment and safety team. Greg 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. Greg 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 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.
- Kristen Lopes
Kristen is a partner in the employment and safety 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 represents clients in a large number of industries including the service, retail, financial, insurance, manufacturing, clubs, healthcare, education and not-for-profit sectors. She also has extensive experience speaking at conferences and conducting client seminars on workplace issues. 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. Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario Canada in 1995 and practised employment law as a partner in one of Canada's leading law firms until she relocated to Australia. Kristen was admitted as a solicitor in NSW.
- Alex Rhydderch
Alex is a partner in the corporate and commercial team.
Alex helps clients who typically operate in, support or finance the property, construction or insurance sectors.
He also helps manage Colin Biggers & Paisley's China Practice and trade mark portfolio.
Alex was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1999 and joined the legal practice in 2008. Alex is also a registered trade marks attorney.
- 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.
Andrew is currently completing a Doctor of Juridical Studies at the University of Sydney, focusing on reforming the law relating to legal professional privilege in the context of expert evidence and has presented a number of seminars to legal and forensic accounting professionals on litigation, insolvency law and the law relating to expert evidence.
Andrew was admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales in 2000 and joined the legal practice in 2010.
- 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.
- Dan Yang
Dan Yang is a partner in the corporate and commercial team. As co-head of Colin Biggers & Paisley's China practice, Dan jointly leads our strategy on China practice and coordinates the practice's services out of all of its offices to inbound Chinese investors and established Chinese clients.
Dan is experienced in a wide range of corporate matters including private and public M&A, joint ventures, disposals and scheme of arrangements.
Dan advises both large and medium sized businesses as well as high net worth private clients in a range of key sectors including property, agriculture, energy, mining and resources, financial service and health care on their corporate and commercial matters.
Dan has practised for a number of years in Australia, mainland China and Hong Kong for leading international firms before relocating back to Australia and is a fluent speaker of Mandarin.
Dan was admitted to practice in NSW in 2008. He has received a Master of Laws in addition to a Bachelor of Laws in both Australia and China. Dan joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2015.
- Duane Keighran
Duane Keighran is a partner in the property team, leading the hotels, tourism and leisure group as well as the Middle East and Korean practices at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
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 regions such as the Middle East, North and East Africa and Eastern Europe. He is consistently ranked in legal directories such as Legal 500 and Chambers Global, where he 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."
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).
He acts for a wide variety of clients, including developers, hotel operators, investors, fund managers, landlords and tenants.
Duane is admitted to practice in New South Wales. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in addition to his Bachelor of Laws degree.
Duane joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.
- Greg Beguad
Greg Begaud is a partner in the construction and engineering team. 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 his 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.
Greg is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2017.
- Kate Craig
Kate Craig is a partner in the banking and finance 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.
Kate was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2006. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW and High Court of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in addition to her law degree.
Kate became a member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association in 2014.
- Michael Russell
Michael is a partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley and focuses on insurance and commercial disputes for a broad range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, directors, professionals, government and insurers.
Michael currently acts and advises in relation to a number of complex matters involving corporate collapses, class actions, financial services, recoveries, infrastructure and transport, technology, professional services and property damage.
Michael has degrees in Commerce (International Business) and Law and is a graduate of The Tax institute.
Admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW as well as the Federal Court and High Court, Michael has been involved in litigation across all levels of first instance and appellate jurisdictions, including a number of appeals to the High Court.
In 2017, Doyle's Guide listed Michael as a leading professional indemnity lawyer.
- Peter Bournas
Peter Bournas is a partner in the property and development team.
Peter has close to 20 years' experience in property law acting for a variety of clients in the public and private sectors on a broad range of property-related matters, with particular emphasis on property development, projects, leasing, acquisitions and disposals.
Peter's experience includes the acquisition and sale of commercial, industrial, retail and residential property as well as industrial, office and shopping centre leasing.
Peter has also been involved in managing the legal process, strategy and negotiations around significant EOI and tender processes, as well as due diligence investigations and reports.
Peter is a member of the Law Society of New South Wales and is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Supreme Court of Queensland.
In addition to his Bachelor of Laws, Peter holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Business (Real Estate Management) from the Real Estate Institute of New South Wales.
- Steven Carcano
Stephen Carcano is a partner in the construction and engineering team.
Stephen acts predominantly for private clients on major infrastructure projects and commercial and residential property developments. Stephen's experience covers a broad range of sectors, including rail, road, airports, waste, water and wastewater, hospitals, schools and prisons. Stephen also has experience in the energy sector, including renewable energy projects such as onshore and offshore wind farms.
Stephen's recent experience includes roles on the following projects:
• WestConnex 1B road project
• WestConnex 2 road project
• Northern Beaches Hospital PPP project
• Sydney Light Rail PPP project
• Ravenhall Prison PPP project
• North West Rail Link PPP
• North West Rail Link (tunnels and stations package) project
• NorthConnex road project
• East West Link PPP project
Stephen was listed as a recommended lawyer in construction in the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Legal 500 Asia Pacific.
Stephen was admitted as a solicitor in 2002, and spent five years in London working in the energy and infrastructure team of an international law firm.
Stephen was made partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2014.
- Stephen Thompson
Stephen Thompson is a partner in the transport and logistics team.
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 is a member and former Director of the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, as well as a member of the Legal Committee of Shipping Australia Limited. Stephen has also participated in several working groups, on the invitation of the Federal Court, addressing the potential for reform of the Admiralty Act.
Stephen is recognised in Chambers and Partners as one of Australia's leading shipping lawyers, and is listed in the 2014-15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of transport law. In 2016 and 2017, 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.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce in addition to his law degree. He is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Stephen joined the legal practice as a partner in 2016.
- Timothy Seton
Tim Seton is a partner in the dispute resolution and construction and engineering teams. He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution matters.
Tim has acted on a range of commercial litigation for a variety of clients such as construction and engineering companies, international corporations, insurers, small businesses, associations and individuals.
Tim was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2003. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Tim joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2007.
- Todd Neal
Todd Neal is a partner in the planning and environment team with over 15 years' experience in his field.
He 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:
o refusals of development and modification applications
o criminal prosecutions for threatened species and development without consent
o compulsory acquisition proceedings
o valuation of land proceedings
o Local Government Act matters
o section 88K easements
o 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
Todd is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.
- Ana Kolovos
Ana Kolovos is a partner in the insurance team. Ana 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 was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1994. She has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. Her Arts major was in modern Greek and she speaks Greek fluently. Ana joined the legal practice in 2014.
- Andrew Komesaroff
Andrew Komesaroff is a partner in the corporate and commercial team, acting as its lead partner in the practice’s Melbourne office. He has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of commercial activities, with a particular focus on the energy and resources, forestry and manufacturing sectors.
His clients include major Australian corporates and international businesses with extensive interests in Australia. He acts as a trusted advisor to these clients, working collaboratively with them to advise them on their major projects and ventures in Victoria and nationally. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, corporate advisory, commercial contracts, major projects, capital raisings and managing compliance within complex regulatory frameworks.
Andrew incorporates an astute commercial perspective and expertise in the challenges and solutions he provides to corporate and commercial enterprises, delivering decisive and assured advice to his clients. He has developed this style as a result of his earlier roles, which include proprietorship of his own legal firm and a partnership at a national firm, as well as senior in-house counsel experience.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce in addition to his Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and Master of Laws degrees. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria. Andrew is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Australian Mining and Petroleum Law Association.
- Andrew Probert
Andrew Probert is a partner in the insurance team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Andrew has expertise in commercial and general insurance litigation in a range of jurisdictions, including State and Federal Courts and various tribunals.
Andrew conducts claims 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 insurers in a wide range of transport work including marine recoveries, port liability claims and claims arising from road and rail carriage of goods.
Andrew acts for both local and overseas insurers in general liability, product liability, property damage and business interruption claims. He also deals with captive insurance and reinsurance matters, fraud investigations, motor vehicle claims, and provides detailed policy reviews and wording advice.
Andrew is listed in the 2014-15, 2016 and 2017 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law, and in the 2018 edition he is listed for insurance and transportation law. In 2015 and 2016, Andrew was listed by Doyle's Guide as a leading Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer.
Andrew was admitted to legal practice in South Australia in 1992, the Federal Court and High Court in 1993 and in Victoria in 1996.
- 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 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 has 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 has 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 being the current President of the latter Association. He 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 joined the legal practice as a partner in 2013.
Andrew is ranked as a leading lawyer for shipping in Chambers and Partners 2014, 2015 and 2016. Andrew is listed as a leading individual in transport law, as well as being recommended in this practice area in the 2015 and 2016 editions of Legal 500 Asia Pacific. He is also listed as a leading lawyer in the shipping and aviation sections in Who's Who Legal Transport 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Andrew is named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a recommended lawyer in shipping and maritime, as well as aviation in Australia. In 2017, he is listed as a leading shipping and maritime lawyer, and a leading aviation lawyer.
Andrew is listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of aviation, insurance, trade and transportation. In the 2016 and 2017 editions, Andrew is listed for aviation, trade and transportation. In addition, Best Lawyers named Andrew Lawyer of the Year in trade law in 2016 and in 2017, Lawyer of the Year in aviation.
- Catherine Bell
Cathryn Prowse is a partner in the insurance team with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in all Victorian and federal jurisdictions.
Primarily through professional indemnity, management liability and other financial lines insurers, Cathryn receives instructions to act on behalf of a wide range of professionals and entities. These include construction professionals, education providers, local councils, financial advisors, estate agents, valuers, accountants and healthcare/pharmaceutical professionals. In this context Cathryn provides both complex coverage advice and defence work.
Through title insurers, Cathryn receives instructions to conduct property related proceedings and mortgage recoveries involving fraud, resulting in long-tail, multi party proceedings.
Alongside her insurance work, Cathryn runs a busy employment practice, acting for employers in unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination and other workplace-related claims. She provides advice in connection with termination, redundancy, employment contracts, sub-contractor arrangements and best practice workplace policies. Cathryn also acts in the disciplinary space, conducting proceedings into the conduct and performance of regulated professionals and running registration/licensing appeals.
Cathryn is listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law.
Cathryn joined the legal practice as a partner in 2012. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
- Lisa Lane
Lisa Lane is a partner in the property and development team. She has 10 years' experience in property law covering commercial, residential, industrial, retail and mixed-use transactions. Her practice focuses on sales and acquisitions, development projects, off-the-plan contracts and leasing.
Lisa has experience negotiating contracts of sale through to settlement, preparing master contracts and contracts of sale for individual lots, and drafting, negotiating and advising on commercial, industrial and retail leases. In the area of development, her experience includes drafting and negotiating development agreements and structuring arrangements.
Lisa is a committed property industry professional who began her career with a private developer as general manager of one of Australia's largest privately owned asset portfolios. As a result, she has a unique perspective on the client side challenges and changing market landscape which she is able to draw on when assisting her clients.
Lisa acts for private, corporate and listed clients, including vendors and purchasers, landlords and tenants, property developers, property investors and construction companies.
Lisa has a Graduate Diploma in Property from RMIT and a Juris Doctor from Monash University. She joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2017.
- 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 the Federal Court, the High Court and the Supreme Court of Victoria.
Nathan is an accomplished public speaker and has presented numerous seminars and conference papers on construction contract drafting, risk allocation and other construction law topics. He has a Bachelor of Science in addition to his legal qualifications.
In 2015, Nathan was listed by Doyle's Guide as a recommended Melbourne construction lawyer.
Nathan joined the legal practice as a partner in 2013.
- Nigel Watson
Nigel is a partner in the corporate and dispute resolution teams focusing on insolvency and corporate reconstruction. He is an Accredited Specialist in commercial litigation by the Law Institute of Victoria and has practiced for over 20 years in this area. He has a significant practice advising the lawyer’s professional indemnity insurer on claims against lawyers arising out of corporate and commercial transactions.
Nigel was National Chairman of the Insolvency & Reconstruction Committee of the Law Council of Australia, a role in which he was responsible for expanding the committee membership to include all states and to give it a national focus on law reform issues. Nigel is an ongoing member of this committee. He is also a member of the Law Institute of Victoria Commercial Litigation Law Specialisation Advisory Committee. Nigel is recommended in numerous leading legal guides for his expertise in both insolvency and dispute resolution.
Nigel is listed in the 2013, 2014-15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insolvency and reorganisation law, as well the field of alternative dispute resolution in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Nigel was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a recommended lawyer in insolvency and reconstruction in Melbourne.
Nigel is admitted to practice in Victoria and the Federal Courts. He joined the legal practice as a partner in 2012.
- Patrick Tuohey
Patrick Tuohey is a partner in the insurance team.
Patrick's expertise is in professional indemnity claims. He acts in defence of claims made against lawyers and their respective insurers. He 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. Patrick's insurer clients are based both locally and internationally.
Doyle's Guide listed Patrick as a recommended Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer in 2015, and a leading lawyer in this area in 2016. Patrick is listed in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of alternative dispute resolution.
Patrick was admitted as a solicitor in Victoria in 2005. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria, as well as the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Patrick has been a partner of Colin Biggers & Paisley since 2013.
- Paul O'Halloran
Paul is a partner in the employment and safety team at Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Paul has over 15 years' experience, specialising in high risk matters in employment law including employment-related litigation, workplace and institutional misconduct, preventing and resolving industrial and bargaining disputes, assisting with discrimination and sexual harassment compliance and defending and resolving unfair dismissal and adverse action claims. He also has experience in work health and safety and how to manage ill and injured workers.
Paul works across a diverse range of industries including education, retail, aged care, health, construction and manufacturing. He has particular expertise in the education industry assisting schools, childcare providers, private colleges, higher education providers, religious entities and higher education institutions with sensitive and high risk employment matters including:
• resolution of enterprise bargaining disputes and industrial action
• undertaking or advising on complex and sensitive workplace investigations into workplace and institutional misconduct corporate governance
• compliance devising dismissal and exit strategies drafting enterprise bargaining agreements, contracts and policies managing matters relating to reportable conduct such as sex-related offences in educational institutions and advising on child protection compliance unfair dismissal and general protection claims
Paul has a Master of Laws (University of Melbourne), Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Macquarie University) and Advanced Diploma (Business) (RMIT University). He is also an Accredited Specialist in Workplace Relations (Law Institute of Victoria).
Paul was admitted to practice in 2008. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2017.
- Rose Raniolo
Rose Raniolo is a partner in the insurance team.
She has substantial experience in compensation litigation and workplace law and is considered to be an expert in her field of practice.
Rose has acted for the Victorian WorkCover Authority in common law and statutory benefit claims. She has acted for many major insurance companies on liability claims and has represented numerous clients in compensation claims. She has also acted in many statutory indemnity claims in Victoria and other jurisdictions in Australia.
Rose has represented clients in coronial inquests and WorkSafe investigations and prosecutions brought under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
Rose has experience preparing self insurance applications under the Accident Compensation Act (Victoria). She also represents self insurers in statutory benefit and common law claims brought under the provisions of the Act.
In 2015, Rose was listed in Doyle's Guide as a leading Melbourne WorkSafe and workers' compensation lawyer.
Rose was admitted to practice in Victoria in 1992.
- Seamus Gunson
Seamus is a partner in the property team of Colin Biggers & Paisley.
Seamus has more than 20 years' experience working in commercial property law across Australia, South East Asia and Europe.
His 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.
He 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 is named as a Leading Property & Real Estate Lawyer – Melbourne in the 2016 Doyle's Guide.
Seamus was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of NSW in 1996 and in Victoria in 1997.
He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2017.
- Vanessa Kemp
Vanessa Kemp is a partner in the insurance team with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution.
Her expertise is primarily in general liability and product liability insurance, professional indemnity insurance and general insurance.
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. She works in all Victorian and Federal jurisdictions.
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. She has had several years' experience in-house at a large Australian insurer, managing general and product liability claims.
Vanessa is listed in the 2014-15, 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of insurance law.
Vanessa was admitted to practice in New South Wales and Victoria in 1999, and is also admitted to practice in the High Court of Australia.
- Ben Caldwell
Ben Caldwell is a partner in the planning and environment team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. He has expertise in all areas of planning and environmental law and also specialises in property development.
Ben 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.
Ben has advised local and state governments on reviewing budgets and rating proposals, preparing planning scheme policies and the preparation of agreements between local councils and private companies. He has also advised on numerous infrastructure projects throughout Brisbane and Queensland for both local governments and private companies.
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, and in 2017 listed Ben as a recommended Queensland planning and development, planning and environment, and environment and heritage lawyer.
Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce in addition to his Bachelor of Laws. He joined the legal practice in 2013.
- Brent Van Staden
Brent Van Staden is a partner in the corporate team.
Brent 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 takes an incisive approach to legal issues and excels at distilling complex legal matters into plain English.
Brent was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a leading commercial lawyer in Brisbane.
Brent holds a Masters of Law in Taxation and Commercial Law and a Diploma of Legal Practice. He is admitted to practice in Queensland and New South Wales, as well as England, Wales and Johannesburg.
- Damien Butler
Damien Butler is a partner in the restructuring and insolvency team.
Damien has extensive experience acting both for and against financial institutions, including many of the major banks, as well as insolvency practitioners and their clients. His experience involves complex insolvent administrations of businesses ranging from large-scale mining operations to land developers.
Damien advises on corporate insolvency, security enforcements and corporate advisory in addition to his litigation work.
Damien's cases include complex security enforcements, cheque forgery and third-party cheque cases, litigated customer disputes, and other potentially sensitive customer and reputation risk matters for many of the major banks and financial institutions.
Damien is named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a recommended insolvency and reconstruction lawyer in Brisbane. In the 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia, Damien is listed as a leading insolvency and reorganisation lawyer.
Damien was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1999 and in Queensland in 2006. He has a Bachelor of Science in addition to his legal qualifications.
- Ian Wright
Ian Wright has over 25 years' experience in all aspects of planning, infrastructure, government and environmental law.
Ian is recognised for his expertise in Doyle's Guide as a pre-eminent planning and development lawyer, Queensland (2014 - 2017); pre-eminent planning and environment lawyer, Queensland (2016 - 2017); leading planning and environment lawyer, Australia (2016); and leading environment and heritage lawyer, Queensland (2017). Ian is listed in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of planning and environmental law, and is also listed as a leading environment lawyer in Australia in Chambers and Partners from 2013 - 2017.
Ian has been a member of award winning project teams responsible for delivering projects which have won Planning Institute of Australia Awards in 2015, 2012, 2011, 2008 and 2007, the Australian National Award for Economic Environmental Innovation, Institute of Public Works Energy Australia (Qld) Award and the Civil Contractors Federation Queensland Branch Award.
Ian has particular expertise in advising listed development corporations, private development corporations and State and local governments in relation to State and local government planning and development legislation. Ian has also advised development corporations and local governments in urban, residential and rural areas of Queensland in respect of master planned residential communities and other property development projects.
Ian is recognised for 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 holds the qualifications of a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), a Bachelor of Arts (Geography and Economics) and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Ian has been a lecturer in Environmental Law and Assessment at the Queensland University of Technology since 1993 and was also a lecturer at the University of Queensland from 1997 to 2005. Ian is also a former President of the Queensland Environmental Law Association and currently is a trustee of the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).
- 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 Bode
Matthew Bode is the national head of the Banking and Finance team. He specialises in complex institutional banking, corporate and property finance law. He primarily acts for leading international and Australian banks and large corporate clients.
Matthew advises on property, asset and structured finance, project and acquisition finance, bilateral and syndicated lending and ISDA documentation.
He has considerable international legal experience, which has seen him act for international banks and corporations on major corporate finance deals in the mining and resources, rail, shipping and aircraft industries throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, the Caribbean and South America. He has also advised a number of high-profile Australian companies in the beef, lamb and cotton industries.
Matthew is listed for aviation finance in Who's Who Legal: Transport 2017.
Matthew holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws from Queensland University of Technology and was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1994.
He is also admitted as a solicitor to the High Court of Australia, the Supreme Court of England and Wales, the Supreme Court of NSW and the Supreme Court of the Cayman Islands
- Matthew Castley
Matthew Castley is a partner in the property team and has over 15 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.
He has significant experience in commercial and industrial property acquisition, leasing and development and has 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.
Matthew is admitted to practice in Queensland and joined the legal practice as a partner in 2015.
- Megan Kavanagh
Megan Kavanagh is a partner in the employment and safety team. 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.
Megan's 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.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Human Resources and Industrial Relations in addition to holding a Bachelor of Laws. She is admitted to practice in Queensland. Megan joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.
- Rebecca Castley
Rebecca is a partner in the property team. 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 and 2018 editions of Best Lawyers in Australia in the field of real property law.
Rebecca is admitted to practice in Queensland and England and Wales. She joined the legal practice as a partner in 2016.
- Rhett Oliver
Rhett Oliver is a partner in the property and development team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. He has over 13 years' experience in all forms of advisory and transactional work involving property and development law in all industry sectors.
Rhett is the national leader of the agribusiness team at Colin Biggers & Paisley which comprises lawyers who are nationally recognised as experts in their respective practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, planning infrastructure and construction, work health and safety, and property and tenure.
Rhett has strong experience in acting for parties in relation to disposals and acquisitions of rural properties and agribusinesses interests; joint ventures; environmental and planning advice on greenfield and brownfield agribusiness projects; providing tenure and titling advice; acting on conduct and compensation agreement negotiations and advising on related CSG/mining compliance issues; water issues including transacting entitlements; management agreements and leasing; bio-security compliance issues; and negotiating supply/offtake arrangements.
He has experience in working for a range of clients, including aged care facilities, retirement villages and childcare centres involving acquisitions, leasing and licensing issues. He has expertise in working with listed and unlisted property trusts and associated regulatory compliance.
Rhett's expertise extends to initial public offerings and further rights issues, financial services compliance advice, banking and finance advice for on and offshore clients and Foreign Investment Review Board advice.
He has worked for clients on matters involving commercial and residential construction, projects and infrastructure. He also has experience in equine law including syndications, sales, risk advice, breeding and training.
In 2016, Doyle's Guide listed Rhett as "Recommended" under leading Queensland property and real estate lawyers. In 2017, he was listed as "Recommended" under leading Queensland commercial lawyers.
Rhett holds a Master of Laws and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
- Victor Borzillo
Victor Borzillo is a partner in the construction and engineering team.
Victor has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provides 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.
As well as 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.
Victor 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.
Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws (majoring in alternative dispute resolution).