Colin Biggers & Paisley scales up insolvency expertise to assist clients navigate uncertain times

22 October 2012
Long regarded as having the most well established stand alone construction and property practice in the country advising big-end-of-town clients including Downer, Grocon, Laing O’Rourke, Walker Corporation, Australand, Lend Lease and St Hilliers, challenger legal firm Colin Biggers & Paisley has significantly boosted the depth and breadth of its insolvency capabilities in Sydney and Melbourne.

High profile and widely respected insolvency practitioners Nigel Watson and Scott Hedge have bolstered Colin Biggers & Paisley’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Group with Nigel joining the Melbourne office and Scott the Sydney office. Under the stewardship of practice head Peter Harkin, Colin Biggers & Paisley’s insolvency practice has grown to 12 lawyers ensuring the firm has the resources and expertise to assist clients protect themselves from insolvent contractors and subcontractors so that projects can be completed with as little disruption, cost blowout and delay as possible.

According to the head of Colin Biggers & Paisley’s Commercial Dispute Resolution Group Mr Antony Riordan "Scaling up the firm’s insolvency and turnaround capabilities has been and will continue to be part of the firm’s strategic plan going forward as clients, particularly those in construction and property, can sometimes need a depth of expertise that is not readily available.

"That is why we approached Nigel and more recently Scott. Both have been selected by their peers to be ranked in ‘Best Lawyers’ 2012 for insolvency and reconstruction and have played key roles in establishing successful insolvency practices in law firms.

"Colin Biggers & Paisley has a reputation for being the challenger firm in the profession, consistently punching above its weight in construction, property, insurance and commercial dispute resolution. With the earlier addition of Nigel in Melbourne and more recently Scott in Sydney we are positioning the firm to repeat that success in our rapidly expanding insolvency and turnaround practice. We now have in place the expertise to be a full service insolvency and turnaround practice able to provide clients with practical and commercial advice to achieve their outcomes," Mr Riordan said.

And why did Scott choose to join Colin Biggers & Paisley? "It was the challenge of working with Peter and the team to build an insolvency and reconstruction practice that is second to none in a firm that is already highly regarded and well placed in the commercial world. The culture of Colin Biggers & Paisley was very attractive and we seemed to be a great fit," he said.

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Nigel Watson Consultant

Scott Hedge Partner