Colin Biggers & Paisley is reinforcing its commitment to providing clients with specialist insurance offering with the recent promotions and appointments across its national institutional risk and liability team. Sydney based Mathisha Panagoda and Brisbane based Georgina Wong were both promoted to partner in January 2023, followed by the appointment of special counsel Bianca Wallace in February 2023.

Mathisha acts for schools, religious institutions, disability service providers and insurers on claims of institutional risk and liability, bodily injury, professional indemnity and general liability. He also works closely with his clients on governance, compliance and risk management with a particular focus on child safety.

Georgina acts on behalf of faith based and not-for-profit organisations in institutional risk and liability claims. She is renowned for her forensic skill-set and genuine empathy when dealing with stakeholders involved in these matters. She also has experience in workplace litigation with a particular focus on public liability, personal injury and workers' compensation claims.

Bianca brings with her a wealth of experience in institutional risk and liability, complex public liability, professional negligence and indemnity litigation with private and insurance clients across Australia and the United Kingdom. She has a strong reputation for managing complex and sensitive claims in an empathic and pragmatic way. 

Along with Melbourne based partners Vanessa Kemp and Chris Jones, and special counsel Jessica Jansen, the elevations of Mathisha, Georgina and Bianca secures the insurance team's national focus on institutional risk and liability work. These senior promotions and appointments underpin the team's capabilities in providing a holistic, principled and outcome-focused framework for sensitively managing claims and servicing our clients' individual needs. 

"Our insurance practice has undergone significant growth over the last few years and we continue to focus on promoting and appointing talented people to service the breadth of our clients' needs nationwide," said Cathryn Prowse, Colin Biggers & Paisley's joint insurance practice leader.

"It is such a delight for us to see organic promotions. Mathisha and Georgina have made a substantial contribution to the practice and our culture. Their work and approach in the institutional risk and liability space will complement the existing team and offering, helping us to better service clients nationally." 

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