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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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Security of Payment Act not available to claimants in liquidation
Taking steps to mitigate personal liability risk is key
Hayward decision consistent with Australian settlement and fraud principles
New legislation will provide protection for certain subcontractors
Court's order may encourage open class proceedings

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Colin Biggers & Paisley announces the appointment of corporate and commercial special counsel, Dalvin Chien
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 www.cbpfoundation.com.au, our own microsite showcasing our community offering.

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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.
Jon Meadmore leads the corporate and commercial team. Prior to joining Colin Biggers & Paisley, Jon was a partner of a Brisbane based commercial law firm for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in advising clients on all aspects of commercial activities with a particular focus on acquisitions, corporate structuring and dispute resolution.   Jon provides invaluable strategic advice and direction to clients to identify and manage risk and to leverage opportunities.   Jon was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a leading commercial lawyer in Brisbane he was also listed in the 2016 and 2017 editions of  Best Lawyers in Australia for commercial law.   Jon holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in addition to his law degree. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
Rhett Oliver is a partner in the property and development team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. He has over 13 years' experience in all forms of advisory and transactional work involving property and development law in all industry sectors. Rhett is the national leader of the agribusiness team at Colin Biggers & Paisley which comprises lawyers who are nationally recognised as experts in their respective practice areas, including corporate and commercial law, planning infrastructure and construction, work health and safety, and property and tenure. Rhett has strong experience in acting for parties in relation to disposals and acquisitions of rural properties and agribusinesses interests; joint ventures; environmental and planning advice on greenfield and brownfield agribusiness projects; providing tenure and titling advice; acting on conduct and compensation agreement negotiations and advising on related CSG/mining compliance issues; water issues including transacting entitlements; management agreements and leasing; bio-security compliance issues; and negotiating supply/offtake arrangements. He has experience in working for a range of clients, including aged care facilities, retirement villages and childcare centres involving acquisitions, leasing and licensing issues. He has expertise in working with listed and unlisted property trusts and associated regulatory compliance. Rhett's expertise extends to initial public offerings and further rights issues, financial services compliance advice, banking and finance advice for on and offshore clients and Foreign Investment Review Board advice. He has worked for clients on matters involving commercial and residential construction, projects and infrastructure. He also has experience in equine law including syndications, sales, risk advice, breeding and training. Rhett was listed as "Recommended" under leading property and real estate lawyers - Queensland in Doyle's Guide  for 2016. Rhett holds a Masters of Law and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Queensland University of Technology. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia.  
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.
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.

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