Colin Biggers & Paisley's Melbourne insurance team continues to grow, welcoming three new lawyers within the financial lines practice - special counsel Shehan Gunatunga, senior associate Zaid Mohammed and solicitor Lily Connell. The trio's appointment is part of the practice's commitment to building capability to meet clients' needs and adapt to the changing insurance industry. 

Shehan will be primarily advising on coverage and defence of professional indemnity and construction risk claims. Shehan recently moved to Melbourne from New Zealand where he represented insurers in litigated and contentious matters, including in respect of professional indemnity claims and complex material damage issues. Shehan has also acted for insurers across the general liability and statutory liability practice areas.

Zaid will be advising clients across EPL and professional indemnity claims. Zaid has advised on discrimination claims, general protection disputes, terminations, unfair dismissals, redundancies and workplace investigations. Complementing this experience, he also advises on claims brought against business owners, local councils, residential home owners, real estate agents and various other corporations and professionals. 

Lily will be advising on EPL and management liability claims. Her experience includes employment law, work, health and safety and worker's compensation.

Cathryn Prowse Colin Biggers & Paisley's joint insurance practice leader welcomed the trio. 

"I am absolutely delighted to welcome Shehan, Zaid and Lily to Colin Biggers & Paisley. Their appointments are a great addition to our team and support our strategy of attracting and retaining solicitors of the highest calibre. Shehan, Zaid and Lily bring diverse experience that will only enhance our ability to successfully provide commercial solutions for our clients". 

This announcement follows significant growth in the Brisbane insurance team with the appointments of George Williams and Alexandra King

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