Colin Biggers & Paisley have announced their latest round of senior promotions, with seven lawyers appointed to senior positions.

Effective 1 July, Allan Lonergan has been promoted to partner, Thanh Bui and Chris Jones have been promoted to special counsel, and Emily Brownlee, Daniel Kim, Jemma McLaughlin and Kerry O'Brien have been promoted to senior associate.

Allan Lonergan joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2018, establishing a property disputes practice that focuses on statutory land valuation matters, compulsory acquisition, resumption and compensation matters, mining land access and compensation matters, sale and purchase of land matters. Now a partner in the property and development team in Brisbane, Allan has over 14 years' experience in property law and dispute resolution, bringing a unique perspective to his practice having worked in private practice, at the Queensland Bar and as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Racing Queensland.

Thanh Bui and Chris Jones have both been promoted to special counsel in the insurance team in  Melbourne. Thanh and Chris' practices both cover professional indemnity claims, acting mainly for lawyers and their insurers, as well as for other professionals, including surveyors, conveyancers, valuers, engineers and financial advisors.

Emily Brownlee joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2013 and has since worked across the commercial litigation and insurance practice groups. Emily's practice focuses mainly in litigation, including property disputes, strata law, family provision claims, professional negligence claims, and general contract disputes. 

Kerry O'Brien joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in March 2018 as a solicitor in the CDR group, working as part of the Employment and Safety team. Kerry's practice focuses in employment law and industrial relations, assisting clients in a broad range of industries, including insurance, manufacturing, aged-care, education, retail, charity collection, hospitality, construction and shipping. 

Jemma McLaughlin joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in November 2016 as a Solicitor in the Insurance group. Jemma McLaughlin's experience includes insurance related matters in the areas of public liability, professional indemnity and property damage. 

Daniel Kim joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in May 2017 as a solicitor in the Property and Development group. Daniel advises property developers, landlords and tenants in respect to all aspects of property development and leasing for industrial, retail, commercial and residential properties.

This announcement comes just one week after Colin Biggers & Paisley's insurance and property teams were listed as finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards, and follows a string of senior appointments for the practice, including the recent hires of partner Toby Norgate, special counsel Susannah Maclaren, Alan McKernan, Georgina Wong and Michelle Morgan, and senior associates Nicole Franklin, Mary Kinna, Mathisha Panagoda, Lauren Piscioneri, Katie Jacklin and Alicia Taylor.

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