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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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Cathryn Prowse is a partner in the insurance team with extensive experience in litigation and dispute resolution in all Victorian and federal jurisdictions. Primarily through professional indemnity, management liability and other financial lines insurers, Cathryn receives instructions to act on behalf of a wide range of professionals and entities. These include construction professionals, education providers, local councils, financial advisors, estate agents, valuers, accountants and healthcare/pharmaceutical professionals. In this context Cathryn provides both complex coverage advice and defence work. Through title insurers, Cathryn receives instructions to conduct property related proceedings and mortgage recoveries involving fraud, resulting in long-tail, multi party proceedings. Alongside her insurance work, Cathryn runs a busy employment practice, acting for employers in unfair dismissal, general protections, discrimination and other workplace-related claims. She provides advice in connection with termination, redundancy, employment contracts, sub-contractor arrangements and best practice workplace policies. Cathryn also acts in the disciplinary space, conducting proceedings into the conduct and performance of regulated professionals and running registration/licensing appeals. Cathryn joined the legal practice as a partner in 2012. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia.

Timothy Seton
Senior Associate

Tim Seton is a senior associate in the dispute resolution and construction and engineering teams. He specialises in litigation and dispute resolution matters. Tim has acted on a range of commercial litigation for a variety of clients such as construction and engineering companies, international corporations, insurers, small businesses, associations and individuals. Tim was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 2003. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. Tim joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2007.
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.

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.
Brent Van Staden is a partner in the corporate team. Brent has considerable experience in all aspects of corporate, mining and commercial law, both in professional practice in Australia, the United Kingdom and in South Africa and as in-house counsel for one of South Africa's largest companies. He has recently advised clients on initial public offerings, takeovers, mergers and acquisitions, secondary debt and equity capital raisings and cross-border issues. Brent is commercially focused and skilled in providing strategic legal advice. He takes an incisive approach to legal issues and excels at distilling complex legal matters into plain English. Brent was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a leading commercial lawyer in Brisbane. Brent holds a Masters of Law in Taxation and Commercial Law and a Diploma of Legal Practice. He is admitted to practice in Queensland and New South Wales, as well as England, Wales and Johannesburg.

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