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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, 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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Rebecca Hosking
Special Counsel

Rebecca Hosking is a special counsel in the insurance team. She has experience involving litigated and non-litigated claims, acting in the interests of both insurers and their insureds.  Rebecca has acted for developers of residential and commercial properties, construction companies and builders and owner/occupiers of industrial premises on matters including commercial and contractual disputes, property damage and general liability claims. She has defended lawyers, real estate agents and financial advisers in professional negligence claims. In addition, Rebecca has experience advising on indemnity disputes and advising on coverage and recovery actions in relation to product recall and product contamination claims. She has also advised and acted in relation to recovery actions on claims arising from property damage and fraud. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, with a double major in Political Science and Women's Studies, from the Australian National University in Canberra. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia. Rebecca joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2014.
Richard Arrage is a special counsel in the transport and logistics team, maintaining a comprehensive practice covering transactional, contentious, contractual and regulatory issues. His practice focus is on carriage of goods by sea, ship arrest and admiralty, marine insurance, ship sale, purchase and charter, offshore support, land-side logistics, corporate acquisitions and disposals, commercial litigation, and competition and restrictive trade practices. His experience includes providing full commercial legal service and risk management advice to shipping industry participants in respect of their Australian and international transactions, acquisitions and disposals. He acts and advises on litigated and mediated cargo claims and marine insurance claims. His clients include Australian and international shipping and cruise lines and their agents, towage providers, logistics companies, port operators, offshore operators, freight forwarders and marine insurers. Richard is recognised in the 2016 edition of Chambers and Partners as a rising star in the Australian shipping industry. In addition to his Law degree, Richard holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.  He is admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia.  Richard joined the legal practice in 2016.
Peter Moran is a partner in the insurance team and has over 30 years' extensive experience in insurance, reinsurance and commercial litigation. He has expertise in the defence of claims against solicitors and other professionals, as well as in general liability litigation. Peter has been a Lawcover panel solicitor for 26 years. His experience also includes policy drafting. Peter regularly presents papers and seminars to clients and the legal profession. He conducts training sessions for regional legal practitioners throughout NSW on good practice and risk management. Peter acts for life insurers in orchestrating the investigation of life claims submitted, advising on policy indemnity and conducting the defence of litigated claims brought against life insurers. He also advises on introducer and commission agreements for life insurers. Specifically Peter: advises insurers on group life policy response and TPD claims represents life insurers in Ombudsman and industry dispute resolution schemes acts in the defence of District and Supreme Court claims brought against life insurers orchestrates the investigation of policy claims   In 2014-15, 2016 and 2017, Peter was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia as a leading insurance lawyer. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Peter as a recommended Sydney professional indemnity lawyer. Peter was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1983. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Peter joined the legal practice in 1990 and became a partner in 1993.
Michael is a partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley and focuses on insurance and commercial disputes for a broad range of clients, including corporates, financial institutions, directors, professionals, government and insurers.     Michael currently acts and advises in relation to a number of complex matters involving corporate collapses, class actions, financial services, recoveries, infrastructure and transport, technology, professional services and property damage. Michael has degrees in Commerce (International Business) and Law and is a graduate of The Tax institute.    Admitted in the Supreme Court of NSW as well as the Federal Court and High Court, Michael has been involved in litigation across all levels of first instance and appellate jurisdictions, including a number of appeals to the High Court.  
Julia Godfrey is a senior associate in the property and development team. She has advised on a range of property transactions, including acquisitions, sales and leasing. Julia has extensive experience in community title developments, drafting and negotiating contracts, leases, land due diligence and advice. She acts for a range of clients including property developers and body corporates. She also has extensive experience in community title and flat land off-the-plan residential and mixed use developments, including acquisition of the development site, contract and disclosure document preparation, construction funding, sale of management rights, plan registration and supervision of the conveyancing. Julia was admitted as a solicitor by the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court of Australia in 2009. She holds a Bachelor of Business in addition to her Bachelor of Laws (Hons).    

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