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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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Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce its participation in the Law Society of New South Wales Charter for the Advancement of Women in the Legal Profession
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

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Charles Brannen
Special Counsel

Charles Brannen is a special counsel in the construction and engineering team. His main area of practice is the litigation of building disputes and the resolution of disputes by alternative dispute resolution methods. Charles has experience in commercial and residential building disputes involving developers, builders, subcontractors, consultants and home warranty insurers in the Supreme, District and Local Courts and the Consumer, Trader & Tenancy Tribunal. He has extensive experience involving the adjudication of payment claims under the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 1999. Charles also provides advice to principals, contractors and subcontractors on contract documentation and project risk. Charles was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2001 and joined the legal practice in 2005.
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 fire, professional indemnity, directors and officers liability, product liability, financial 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). He has also served on the boards of the Sydney Port Authority and the Sydney Ports Corporation. In 2013 and 2014-15, Stuart was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for shipping and maritime, transportation and insurance. In its 2016 and 2017 editions, he was once again recognised in these categories, as well as in alternative dispute resolution and litigation. Best Lawyers also named Stuart the Shipping and Maritime Lawyer of the Year in Australia in 2014-15. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Stuart as a recommended Australian shipping lawyer, and in 2016, it named him as a  leading shipping and maritime lawyer in Australia. In addition, Stuart was listed as a recommended lawyer in transport in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015 and 2016 editions. He has also been recognised as a leading lawyer in shipping in Chambers and Partners (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016) and Who's Who Legal Transport 2015, 2016 and 2017. Stuart is an accomplished author, having published Annotated Admiralty Legislation in 1988 and numerous articles. He has also presented papers at seminars for clients, the legal profession and the insurance and shipping industries. 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. Stuart joined the legal practice as a partner in 2005.
Simon Fraser is a partner in the property and development team. He practises primarily in commercial property and development and finance. Simon has experience in probate litigation and supervises Colin Biggers & Paisley'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. Simon joined the legal practice as a Partner in 1989. Simon worked out of the UAE offices of LutfiCBP for nine months from September 2009, particularly advising on the area of contractual disputes relating to property development. He is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the Society of Notaries of NSW. He has had a long involvement in the Urban Development Institute of Australia-NSW (UDIA) and for 2005-2008 was Chairman of its Planning and Tax Reform Committee. Please read Simon Fraser's article Court takes big-picture approach to planning process challenges in Issue 1, 2012 of Developers Digest , the journal of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Simone Farrugia
Senior Associate

Simone Farrugia is a senior associate in the dispute resolution team. She has acted in a broad range of matters, including debt recovery for public and private companies and various organisations. She advises and acts on building and construction disputes, general contractual disputes, freezing orders, general declaratory relief, insolvency, winding up and bankruptcy actions. She also provides commercial advice and assists in the negotiation of disputes in pre-litigation dealings. Simone is able to represent clients in all court jurisdictions and the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal. She has represented a broad range of clients, including listed and private companies, small businesses, local councils, insolvency practitioners and individuals involved in litigation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in addition to her law degree and is admitted to practice in the Queensland Supreme Court and the High Court of Australia.
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.

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