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Chambers and partners 2016
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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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Government funding will provide research and business opportunities
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Following modification procedure will ensure proper jurisdiction is enlivened

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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.
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

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Joanne Perdriau
Senior Associate

Joanne Perdriau is a senior associate in the construction and engineering team. Her main area of expertise is in the litigation of commercial and residential building disputes and the resolution of disputes by alternative dispute resolution methods such as mediation and arbitration. Joanne acts for a variety of clients including developers, builders, subcontractors, legal counsel, liquidators and consultants in various jurisdictions across Australia as well as in matters involving the Security of Payment Act . Joanne also advises her clients on the preparation of contracts and commercial agreements, contract administration, interpretation and compliance. Joanne was admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia in 2005. Joanne held the position of Chairwoman of the Civil Litigation Committee in NSW Young Lawyers from 2007 to 2010 and is the managing editor of two publications, The Practitioner's Guide to Civil Litigation (3rd edition) and How to Survive and Thrive in your First Year of Law .
Anisa Memari is a senior associate in the commercial and dispute resolution team with proficiency in all aspects of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, as well as experience in construction law, superannuation, employment and workplace relations law.   Anisa is a commercial litigator with both private practice and in-house experience. She understands the commercial and practical realities of legal practice and that it involves more than just a solid understanding of the law. Anisa has experience in litigating large-scale commercial disputes in the context of contractual disputes, corporate insolvency, property matters and trade practices claims. She acts for local and international clients from a variety of industries on commercial disputes, as well as for respondent companies and claims insurers for misleading or deceptive conduct, breach of contract, negligence (including professional negligence) and breach of statutory duty. Anisa also acts in complex commercial and securities litigation disputes, white-collar crime and regulatory enforcement cases. She has litigated and advised high net worth individuals, property developers and multi-million dollar engineering breach of contract claims.   Anisa has also provided pro bono legal services and always stood for equality and fairness. She has extensive experience in indigenous, refugee, disability, children, women and homeless legal services.   Anisa is admitted to the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Advanced Science in addition to her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. Anisa joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2016.
Simone Whetton is a partner in the corporate team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Simone's expertise is in corporate transactions and corporate advisory, with a focus on unlisted companies across key industry sectors including transport and logistics, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and healthcare, energy and resources and technology, telecommunications. Simone also advises in respect of outsourcing and procurement issues. Simone regularly advises on: share and business sales and acquisitions, including all aspects of due diligence, drafting and negotiating contractual documentation joint ventures, shareholder agreements, constitutions and general corporate documentation drafting and negotiating a range of corporate agreements   directors’ duties, governance and compliance issues trusted advisory and corporate issues for boards and executive management setting up operations for foreign companies doing business in Australia tenders and procurement processes including drafting associated documentation Simone is a fluent German speaker and acts for many German and foreign companies operating in Australia. She is a member of the Australian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce. Simone became partner at the legal practice in 2014.
John Bowman is a partner in the corporate team. He has extensive knowledge of corporations law and the Australian Stock Exchange listing rules and has acted in regard to a large number of mergers, acquisitions, prospectuses and information memoranda. John has acted on prospectuses for several public companies and initial public offerings, and for public companies raising additional funds in the market. On a number of occasions, John has been the chairman of the due diligence committee for IPOs and devised and documented the due diligence process. John was admitted as a solicitor in NSW in 1976. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of NSW, Federal Court and High Court of Australia. John joined the legal practice as a partner in 1998.
Matthew Castley is a partner in the property team and has over 15 years' experience in commercial property law. His focus is on commercial property and projects, leasing, government advisory, insolvency and land tax appeal work.   Matthew has substantial expertise in all manner of real property related work, including commercial acquisitions and disposals, due diligence, property development and corporate advisory.   Matthew has acted for Federal and State Government departments, statutory bodies, property developers, institutional property owners and high net wealth private clients with significant exposure to major transactions interstate and overseas.   He has significant experience in commercial and industrial property acquisition, leasing and development and has been a member of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Industrial Property Committee. He frequently speaks at internal and external industry-focused presentations. Matthew was named in Doyle's Guide 2016 as a recommended  property and real estate lawyer in Brisbane.   Matthew is admitted to practice in Queensland and joined the legal practice as a partner in 2015.  

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