Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce that effective 1 July, Katherine Jones has joined the partnership.

Katherine joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2008 before relocating to Hong Kong in 2015. There, Katherine completed her overseas law exams and was admitted to the Hong Kong High Court in 2016 where she joined Gall, a litigation boutique firm in Hong Kong.

Katherine re-joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2020 and brought a wealth of experience in international cybercrime and litigation with her.

Managing Partner Nick Crennan said Katherine is a highly-valued and passionate member of the Disputes and Investigations and Digital Governance teams and the promotion would complement a fast-emerging and everchanging area of law.

"We stayed close to Katherine during her time in Hong Kong and we were delighted to welcome her back to Colin Biggers & Paisley. Katherine had an opportunity to broaden her skills, and while that was away from our practice, she has returned with cybercrime and commercial litigation experience which was a natural fit to establish a strong and formal practice with Partner, Toby Blyth," Mr. Crennan said.

Katherine reflected that it was exciting to work in an area that is growing exponentially.

"It's incredibly exciting to be able to play a leading part in driving this rapidly changing and expanding area of law forward for our practice," Ms Jones said.

A cyber-attack is one of the biggest disruptors a business can face and being on hand to respond to cybersecurity incidents and safeguard for future attacks is incredibly challenging and rewarding."

The growth of the disputes and investigations team has been accelerated by several key appointments including partners David Grant and Michael Nurse who joined the practice's team in Melbourne following the merger with Logie-Smith Lanyon Lawyers.

 "Our Disputes and Investigations team are a group of specialists advising industry leading clients to solve complex problems and to manage their exposure and reputation in large disputes, investigations and class actions," Mr Crennan said.

"Katherine is an incredibly talented and brilliant role model for young and aspiring legal professionals. Since her return to the practice, she's been integral in positioning our disputes and investigations practice as a core part of our cross-practice capabilities, helping to deepen our industry-specific disputes expertise and encompasses, at a higher level, our experience in investigations, major disputes, class actions and international arbitrations."

This announcement follows the recent promotions of 11 lawyers to senior associate, special counsel and partner level.