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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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Managing risks will help to avoid chance of claims
Insurers should consider effect of the Versloot decision on marine insurance in Australia
Occupiers' duty of care does not extend to preventing every foreseeable injury
High time for a legislative regime to manage insolvent trusts
Identifying terms and conditions on which debt is based is key


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 www.cbpfoundation.com.au, 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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Daniel Creasey
Special Counsel

Daniel Creasey is a partner in the insurance team and heads the Responsible Business Group, including our pro bono practice and the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation. He has extensive experience in responsible business, pro bono, poverty and public interest law, community engagement and dispute resolution in the areas of commercial disputes, personal injury, professional indemnity, general liability, management liability and other financial lines insurance.  Daniel is a leading pro bono and responsible business lawyer. He has been a speaker at the Asia Pro Bono Conference in Myanmar, the PBI Conference in the United States, the National Pro Bono & A2J Conference in Sydney and the NACLC Conferences in Brisbane and Melbourne. Daniel is often quoted in the legal and mainstream press, including The Age, LIJ, Boardroom Radio, Lawyers Weekly, Brisbane Legal and ADVOC News . He has written various articles that have been published in the LIJ, Governance Directions and My Business .  Daniel's primary areas of practice include: insurance litigation (defence/claims work); poverty law (housing/tenancy rights, welfare rights, criminal law, domestic violence, credit and debt, and victims' compensation); public interest law/human rights litigation; and practice management (pro bono and community legal centres).  Daniel has developed considerable expertise in acting for community legal centres, charities and non-profit organisations, as well as insurers and corporations. He has built a substantial practice advising and assisting charitable institutions and is a trusted advisor to many of the largest charities, non-profits and community legal centres in Australia. Daniel has been involved in planning, delivering and managing significant pro bono projects, with large teams of people, in a variety of jurisdictions, including Australia, South Africa, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Japan, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, the Cook Islands, Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands. Many of these projects have been run in partnership with commercial clients. Daniel also leads Colin Biggers & Paisley's thinking and response in the areas of business and human rights, environment and sustainability, inclusion and diversity, and community engagement. Daniel holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours), as well as a Bachelor of Media Studies (Journalism). He is admitted as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.
David Kennedy is a partner in the 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 is a member and Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, counsel to and a member of ClubsNSW and a member of the Australian Equipment Lessors' Association, Australian Institute of Management, Commercial Law Association, International Bar Association including the Section on Business Law and various Committees, and the NSW Society for Computers and the Law. David was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1975. He is admitted to practise in the Supreme Court NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Commercial business sales and purchases competition and trade practices contract negotiations and documentation corporations and associations distributorships, agencies and franchises e-commerce and technology equipment sales and finance intellectual property including trade marks joint ventures commercial leases mergers and acquisitions Hospitality and registered clubs advertising, marketing and promotions amalgamations Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority matters compliance constitutions enquiries and investigations executive contracts gaming machines governance liquor licensing major contracts meetings and elections property developments David was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1975. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
Caroline Cohen is a special counsel in the corporate and commercial team. She has significant experience in providing commercial advice to organisations within the education sector. Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Caroline worked as in-house counsel, providing legal services and advice in the Office of General Counsel at Monash University on a wide range of matters arising out of activities across teaching and learning, research, and national and international collaboration initiatives. Some of her responsibilities in her role in the Office of General Counsel included: drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements relating to funding for research, contracted research, research collaborations and protection of intellectual property supporting the effective operation of the University’s teaching and learning activities by drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements (examples include student placement and student exchange agreements, material transfer agreements, and software licence agreements), and advising on processes and individual cases of student conduct and performance supporting the effective operation of the University’s strategic commercial activities by drafting, negotiating and reviewing a wide range of commercial agreements (examples include confidentiality agreements, deeds of indemnity, commercialisation agreements, reviewing terms of competitions created by the marketing department, technology agreements, performing arts agreements and services agreements) advising on compliance with external legislative requirements (such as copyright, privacy, freedom of information and equal opportunity) responding to investigations of the actions of the University and/or staff members named as respondents in complaints, which involved providing expert advice on issues of administrative law, such as lawful decision-making, delegations of powers, FOI and privacy complaints, and the administration of the University’s student exclusion, discipline and grievance processes Caroline also has experience acting for large national and international corporations in a wide variety of tax and structuring matters, as well as business acquisitions and sales transactions for both vendors and purchasers. Caroline holds a Bachelor of Arts in addition to her Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. She was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1998 and the Supreme Court of England and Wales in 2002.
Vanessa Gulesserian is a senior associate in the insurance team. She has experience working in insurance litigation with a focus on the defence of a wide range of general liability and professional indemnity claims in the Local, District and Supreme Courts. Vanessa has acted for various insurers defending claims against clients such as owners of shopping centres and supermarkets, event organisers and occupiers. She has also acted for engineers, accountants, and various medical practitioners. In addition, Vanessa has experience in advising insurers in relation to coverage disputes and policy interpretation.   Vanessa is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.
Patrick Tuohey is a partner in the insurance team. Patrick's expertise is in professional indemnity claims. He acts mainly for lawyers and conveyancers and their respective insurers. He has also acted for other professionals, including accountants, engineers and trustee service providers. His practice includes both large and small claim matters. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Patrick as a recommended Melbourne professional indemnity lawyer. 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 became a partner in January 2013.

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