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Outstanding commercial lawyers.
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

We provide first-class legal advice and representation. Our lawyers are experts in construction, insurance, property, government, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and safety, planning and environment, restructuring and insolvency, transport and logistics.
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Applicants must satisfy obligations but ultimate decision to grant order rests with court or tribunal
Measures will help start-ups overcome capital raising difficulties
Small businesses should be familiar with lease terms and rights under the Retail Leases Act
Error of law on the face of the record found to be an available ground to quash an adjudication determination, but availability of remittal to adjudicator later questioned


Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce that partner Amanda Ryding and solicitor Aristea Friedrich have been named as finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards.
Colin Biggers & Paisley continues its expansion with the appointment of construction and engineering partner, Catherine Bell.
Today, the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is proud to launch, our own microsite showcasing our community offering.
Electronic contracts are revolutionising property transactions, saving paper and time
Shareholders' agreements allow for regulation of all aspects of the company's management and control

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Craig Tanzer is a senior associate in the construction and engineering team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Craig's expertise includes government tendering and procurement, contract drafting for major projects, including bespoke contract drafting for major infrastructure projects, and administrative review proceedings, acting both for and against the Queensland building industry regulator. He has advised and represented clients in payment and contract disputes in the Supreme, District and Magistrate Courts. Craig has a particular skill for adjudication and litigation matters arising out of security of payment legislation throughout Australia. He assists his clients not only with the preparation of adjudication and court documents, but with the structuring of their claims and administration of their contracts to ensure that they have the best possible chance of success in any payment dispute which may arise. Craig regularly provides advice to clients on: payment disputes and options for securing payment in a volatile industry contract terms and their operation government procurement and tender process contracts risk mitigation through contract drafting and good contract administration practice licensing of building contractors statutory insurance claims and procedure administrative reviews Relevant experience Acting for Logan City Council in the preparation of all tender and contract documents and the evaluation of tenders for a multimillion dollar infrastructure development program for asphalt and spray seal works Acting for Sunshine Coast Regional Council in the preparation of bespoke contract agreements for the design, build, operation and maintenance of a proposed solar farm and a proposed automated waste collection system Acting for two medium sized construction companies in separate disputes with the State of Queensland related to claims for damages arising out of construction work performed or tendered for Acting for Scentre Group in relation to disputes arising from the redevelopment of Westfield Garden City in Mount Gravatt Producing a suite of practical guides for the use of security of payment legislation in each jurisdiction in Australia, including comprehensive explanation of the operation of each statute, practical examples of the operation of the legislation and template documents for use in each jurisdiction to deal with matters arising under the relevant legislation Acting for a large electrical subcontractor in Supreme Court proceedings arising under the Queensland security of payment legislation, defending the application for review of the adjudicators decision. Acting for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission on all levels of disputes, including Supreme Court proceedings for alleged negligence, judicial review proceedings and administrative review proceedings Acting for and against building certifiers in disciplinary matters arising out of findings of professional misconduct and unsatisfactory professional conduct Acting for a civil contractor in a million dollar dispute over the construction of runway aprons at the Brisbane Domestic Airport Acting for a body corporate in a dispute for more than $6 million relating to a claim under the Queensland statutory insurance scheme  
Emma Whitney is a senior associate in the planning and environment team. Emma has extensive experience in state and local government, environmental and planning law. Emma's experience includes advising on planning, property and development matters for staged large-scale development projects, commercial, mixed-use, tourist facilities and residential developments. She also advises on compliance with environmental legislation, state planning and local government planning controls. Her work with local government clients includes advising on the drafting of voluntary planning agreements, employment contracts and disputes, council code of conduct disputes and compliance with the Local Government Act 1993 requirements. Emma advises state and local governments, corporate and commercial clients, as well as property developers and mining corporations. She represents these clients in merit appeals, civil enforcement proceedings and criminal prosecutions. In addition to her Bachelor of Laws, Emma holds a Bachelor of Science. She is a member of the Environment and Planning Law Association NSW, Women Lawyers Association of NSW and the Law Society of NSW. Emma was admitted to practice in 2002. She joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.
Geoff Standen is a partner in the construction and engineering 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, and 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 & 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. Recognised internationally as a leading construction lawyer in publications such as the Asia Pacific Legal 500 , Best Lawyers in Australia, Who's Who Legal  (2016) and Chambers and Partners (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), Geoff has also been acknowledged by his inclusion in 2005 in the "Who's Who Historical Society of Professionals". In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Geoff as a leading construction lawyer NSW and in 2016, it named him as a recommended construction and infrastructure lawyer in Sydney. In its 2017 edition, Best Lawyers in Australia listed Geoff as a leading litigation lawyer in addition to his listing as a leading construction and infrastructure lawyer.  Geoff holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Master of Laws from the University of Sydney. He was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1977. Geoff joined the legal practice in 1984 and became a partner in 1986.

Tim Mitchell
Senior Associate

Tim Mitchell is a senior associate in the construction and engineering team.    Tim acts for contractors, subcontractors, consultants, developers, owners and government agencies in disputes of all sizes in the courts, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal and under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 2004 .   Tim's work also includes contract drafting and negotiation. He provides advice on contract administration, risk management, procurement and probity for construction and infrastructure projects.    Tim has practised in building and construction law since 2006. He joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2013.

Rachel White
Senior Associate

Rachel White is a senior associate in the insurance team.  Rachel's practice focuses exclusively on insurance litigation, with a particular expertise in professional indemnity, including coverage disputes and large-scale construction matters.    Rachel provides advice and manages litigation for a wide range of leading Australian insurers, the London market and various Australian coverholders and agents of the London market. She has also acted in the defence of claims against various professionals in the construction, health care, property and insolvency sectors, including engineers, private certifiers, surgeons, psychologists, chiropractors, valuers, real estate agents, accountants and receivers.    Rachel holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in addition to her Bachelor of Laws (Honours). She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW as well as the Federal Court and High Court of Australia in 2011. Rachel joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2013.

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