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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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Kristen Lopes is a partner in the workplace relations team with expertise in employment, industrial relations and human rights law. She has experience in matters of both a litigious and non-litigious nature. Kristen represents clients in a large number of industries including the service, retail, financial, insurance, manufacturing, clubs, healthcare, education and not-for-profit sectors. She also has extensive experience speaking at conferences and conducting client seminars on workplace issues. Kristen regularly advises employers on legislation relevant to the workplace, including the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth). In addition, she assists employers to deal with issues arising from employment contracts, the interpretation of industrial awards and related instruments, privacy issues, termination and restructuring strategies, return to work and workplace policies. Kristen has a special interest in managing workplace discrimination, harassment and bullying. In 2004, she was invited to present a paper at the Oxford University Round Table on discrimination in employment. In May 2010, Kristen received her master of laws degree with first class honours from the University of Sydney, focusing on comparative employment law. She obtained the prize in advanced employment law in 2007 and was a finalist in the 2008 McCallum Medal Presentation Competition where she presented on workplace bullying. Kristen was also a finalist in the 2013 Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for the Jacinta Fish Legal Mentor Award. Kristen was called to the bar in Ontario Canada in 1995 and practised employment law as a partner in one of Canada's leading law firms until she relocated to Australia. Kristen was admitted as a solicitor in NSW and joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2006.  
David Kerwin is a partner in the insurance team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. His focus is on directors' and officers' liability, property, professional indemnity and general liability. David worked in London for 5 years where he focused on insurance coverage and litigation. He has maintained strong links with the London market since his return to Australia and continues to act as a trusted advisor to several Lloyd's syndicates. David has a strong reputation as a technically excellent and practical coverage and defence lawyer in both the Australian and London markets. He regularly advises on policy coverage and Australian law for various clients both locally and internationally. David was listed as a recommended lawyer in insurance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. In addition to his Masters of Laws, David has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is a member of the APIG Committee. David joined the legal practice in 2014.  
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.  

Adam Stevens
Senior Associate

Adam Stevens is a senior associate in the insurance team, working primarily in litigation and dispute resolution. He has advised and represented both national and international clients in the financial, pharmaceutical, property, health and manufacturing industries.   Adam regularly advises on product liability, general liability and consumer law related matters. He has acted as part of a team representing companies and financial institutions in various significant Australian class actions and in that space has experience managing discrete legal projects, large-scale discovery and document analysis. He also has considerable experience in the Victorian asbestos jurisdiction, including advising sophisticated clients and attending mediations, settlement conferences and interlocutory applications.   Adam obtained his law degree from the University of Melbourne. He was admitted to practice in Victoria 2011. In 2012, he was awarded Most Outstanding Advocate in the LIV & Hanover Welfare Services Mooting Competition. He was a co-researcher and contributor to the textbook Annotated Class Actions Australia (published 2014). He also is currently an Executive Committee Member of the National Product Liability Association.

Mark Robertson
Senior Associate

Mark is a senior associate in the insurance team. He is a barrister by training and an expert in arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution, submission drafting and court litigation. His expertise encompasses international arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, directors' duties, equity/fiduciary duties, insolvency, employment and insurance law. Mark has been involved in a wide range of litigation, including company and commercial matters and cases involving fraud. He has practised in New Zealand, in London and in New South Wales. While in London he worked for an international commercial law firm in the investment treaty and international commercial arbitration team. Mark has assisted with a number of major international arbitrations, including a review of submissions and witness evidence for a large European telecommunications company with an amount in dispute of several billion Euros. He drafted detailed submissions in an international investment dispute against a European state and advised a large US company on sanctions imposed by the UN, EU, US and UK on Libya in 2011. Mark has a Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School / WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management in Hamburg in addition to his bachelor degrees in law and commerce. He joined the legal practice in 2013.

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