National legal practice Colin Biggers & Paisley has engaged Respond Global, a leading pandemic management specialist, to work with its management team and partners to implement best practice safety measures and assist its staff and clients to safely coexist with COVID-19.

Respond Global, led by Dr Ian Norton, a Specialist Emergency Physician with post-graduate qualifications in Surgery, International Health and Tropical Medicine, will review current and proposed COVID procedures around Colin Biggers & Paisley's Return to Office program and COVIDSafe measures for its offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Respond Global has already begun a review of these policies, in conjunction with Colin Biggers & Paisley's partners and its HR and Operations groups.

Respond Global and Colin Biggers & Paisley will also jointly deliver a series of webinars and other workshops. These are aimed at shared clients and other participants in relevant industries such as Aged Care, Disability Services, Construction, Property, Hotels, Tourism and Hospitality, and Insurance-related businesses.

"Our work with Ian and Respond Global ensures that our workplace safety will be at 'global best practice' levels," said Nick Crennan, managing partner at Colin Biggers & Paisley. "Ian and his team are absolutely the best at this, and we also look forward to working with them to bring our shared perspectives - from a health and legal safety position - to our clients and to those Australian industries particularly affected by the COVID pandemic."

Dr Norton and his team are assisting a number of organisations respond, adapt and be prepared to live with the coronavirus for the next 18 months, or longer.

"With the right support, companies, organisations and communities will be able to safely return to business and be COVIDSafe," he explained. "Together with the team at Colin Biggers & Paisley, we are in a position to help businesses do that, no matter what the COVID risk level may be at any given time or place." Dr Norton said.

Respond Global and CBP will be running their first co-presented webinar on October 1, "Cutting Through The Noise - Aged Care In A COVID Normal World". Both businesses are promoting this on LinkedIn to interested participants and encourage all those with an interest in the Aged Care industry to attend the event.

For more information please contact Linda Branton on 0418 272 111 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.

About Respond Global

Respond Global, founded by Dr Ian Norton in early 2020, was established as a social enterprise to provide assistance to national and international organisations seeking to improve their localised response in times of emergencies in health. We do not seek to replace but rather empower those in charge and those on the frontlines to do their jobs efficiently and safely. Ian and his team are currently assisting numerous organisations during the COVID pandemic, providing strategic and practical operational support about how to be COVID-Safe now and into the future. Current clients are in the cruise, beef, higher education, fitness, humanitarian, and corporate sectors, and are spread across Australasia, Africa, Europe and the US.

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