Colin Biggers & Paisley is pleased to announce the appointments of special counsel Katherine Jones and Scott Krischock and senior associates Mark Evans and Adriana Reina.

Katherine joins the disputes and investigations team. Katherine handles commercial and insurance disputes across a number of legal areas including trade practices, passing off, contractual disputes, construction, personal injury and public liability. Katherine rejoins Colin Biggers & Paisley after four years working at a specialist dispute resolution law firm in Hong Kong.

Scott joins the insurance practice in Melbourne. His practice focuses on professional indemnity claims, particularly in relation to lawyers. However his experience extends to managing claims involving a range of professionals, such as auditors and accountants, financial advisors and construction professionals. He has provided coverage advice to leading Australian and global insurers, underwriters and underwriting agencies.

Mark joins the planning and environment team. In addition to his extensive planning and environmental experience, Mark has a broad commercial and property background. His areas of focus include development appeals, environmental prosecutions, project documentation, biodiversity and New South Wales planning law.

Adriana joins the employment and safety team. She has wide ranging experience across employment and industrial relations law. Adriana's experience includes conducting investigations into and managing bullying, sexual harassment, discrimination and breach of contract complaints and claims.  

Managing Partner Nick Crennan said that Katherine, Mark and Adriana's appointments will strengthen the practice's capabilities in disputes and investigations, planning and environment, and employment and safety respectively.

"We are delighted to welcome to the practice Katherine, Scott, Mark and Adriana who each bring significant knowledge and experience in their areas of expertise. Their work with such a broad range of clients will further enhance our client service offering."

"Katherine rejoins us at a time when we're positioning our disputes and investigations practice as a core part of our cross-practice capabilities", Nick explained. "The team will build on our industry-specific disputes expertise and encompass, at a higher level, our experience in investigations, major disputes, class actions and international arbitrations."   

We will shortly be announcing that nine of our lawyers have been promoted effective 1 July 2020, two to special counsel and seven to senior associate. In April 2020, we announced that 49 of our senior lawyers had been listed in the 2021 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia.

For more information please contact Linda Branton on 02 8281 4594 or linda.branton@cbp.com.au.

About Colin Biggers & Paisley

Colin Biggers & Paisley was founded over a century ago. Today we are a legal practice with 69 partners and 480 employees. We are highly regarded for our expertise in construction, insurance, property, government, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and safety, planning and environment, restructuring and insolvency, transport and logistics. We act for major corporations, financial institutions, insurance companies, government departments and individuals. We have both the capacity and the expertise to deliver on complex national and multinational projects.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is based in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney. Through our growing Middle East Practice and our affiliation with ADVOC Asia, ADVOC International, ADVOC Europe and ADVOC Latin America, we are able to offer access to quality legal advice around the globe.

We launched the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation in 2015, with a core focus on promoting and protecting the rights of women and children in Australia and abroad through an innovative mix of pro bono legal services, volunteering and charitable contributions.

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