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Chambers and partners 2016

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 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
New sunset clause legislation affects developer's right to rescind

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Ian Wright

Ian Wright has over 25 years' experience in all aspects of planning, infrastructure, government and environmental law. In 2016, Ian was listed by Best Lawyers as one of Australia's leading practitioners in the field of planning and environmental law. Ian is also listed as a leading environment lawyer in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Chambers and Partners . In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Ian as a pre-eminent Queensland planning lawyer recognised for his expertise in the drafting and negotiation of infrastructure agreements, as well as being a recommended Queensland environment lawyer. In its 2016 edition, Ian was named as a pre-eminent planning and environment lawyer in Queensland. 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).  

Audra Oliveira-Ben
Senior Associate

Audra Oliveira-Ben is a senior associate in the property team. Audra advises on major property development projects, land titling, acquisitions and disposals and commercial, retail and industrial leasing. Audra acts for a wide range of clients including property developers, corporations, investors, financial institutions, insurance companies, liquidators and registered clubs. Audra was first admitted as a barrister and solicitor by the High Court of New Zealand then as solicitor by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Auckland. Audra joined the legal practice in 2014.
Peter Harkin leads Colin Biggers & Paisley's restructuring and insolvency team. Peter 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. Peter joined the legal practice in 2002 and became a partner in 2003.

Laura Reisz
Senior Associate

Laura Reisz is a senior associate in the insurance team at Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers. Laura's practice focuses on coverage and defence of directors' and officers' and professional indemnity claims. Laura also practices in the area of education law and advises schools on a range of matters. In addition, Laura has significant experience acting for life insurers on a wide range of matters, including defending claims made by life insureds against life insurers in all jurisdictions.   Laura holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Political Science, from the University of Tasmania. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice. Laura was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Tasmania in 2006 and to the Supreme Court of NSW and the High Court in 2007. Laura joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2014.  
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 was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for insolvency and reorganisation law in 2013, 2014-15, 2016 and 2017, as well as for alternative dispute resolution in 2016 and 2017. 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.  

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