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Outstanding commercial lawyers.
Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

We provide first-class legal advice and representation. Our lawyers are experts in construction, insurance, property, government, commercial litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, banking and finance, corporate and commercial, employment and safety, planning and environment, restructuring and insolvency, transport and logistics.
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Managing risks will help to avoid chance of claims
Insurers should consider effect of the Versloot decision on marine insurance in Australia
Occupiers' duty of care does not extend to preventing every foreseeable injury
High time for a legislative regime to manage insolvent trusts
Identifying terms and conditions on which debt is based is key


Colin Biggers & Paisley continues its expansion with the appointment of construction and engineering partner, Catherine Bell.
Today, the Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation is proud to launch www.cbpfoundation.com.au, our own microsite showcasing our community offering.
Electronic contracts are revolutionising property transactions, saving paper and time
Shareholders' agreements allow for regulation of all aspects of the company's management and control
New sunset clause legislation affects developer's right to rescind

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Vanessa Gulesserian is a senior associate in the insurance team. She has experience working in insurance litigation with a focus on the defence of a wide range of general liability and professional indemnity claims in the Local, District and Supreme Courts. Vanessa has acted for various insurers defending claims against clients such as owners of shopping centres and supermarkets, event organisers and occupiers. She has also acted for engineers, accountants, and various medical practitioners. In addition, Vanessa has experience in advising insurers in relation to coverage disputes and policy interpretation.   Vanessa is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, Federal Court and High Court of Australia.

Emma O'Connor
Senior Associate

Emma O'Connor is a Senior Associate in the insurance team.    Emma's practice focuses exclusively on insurance litigation. She provides advice and manages litigation for a wide range of leading Australian and London insurers, and advises major public companies on policy and indemnity issues. Emma has a track record of achieving successful and cost-effective resolutions at early stages of contested matters.    Emma's areas of expertise include professional indemnity, general liability, product liability, indemnity disputes, and construction and engineering risks.   Emma holds a Bachelor of Business in addition to her Bachelor of Laws, and Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice. She is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland. Emma joined Colin Biggers & Paisley in 2015.  
David Kerwin is a partner in the insurance team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. His focus is on directors' and officers' liability, property, professional indemnity and general liability. David worked in London for 5 years where he focused on insurance coverage and litigation. He has maintained strong links with the London market since his return to Australia and continues to act as a trusted advisor to several Lloyd's syndicates. David has a strong reputation as a technically excellent and practical coverage and defence lawyer in both the Australian and London markets. He regularly advises on policy coverage and Australian law for various clients both locally and internationally. David was listed as a recommended lawyer in insurance by Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2015. In addition to his Masters of Laws, David has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Government. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia and is a member of the APIG Committee. David joined the legal practice in 2014.  

Mark Robertson
Senior Associate

Mark is a senior associate in the insurance team. He is a barrister by training and an expert in arbitration, mediation, dispute resolution, submission drafting and court litigation. His expertise encompasses international arbitration, investment treaty arbitration, directors' duties, equity/fiduciary duties, insolvency, employment and insurance law. Mark has been involved in a wide range of litigation, including company and commercial matters and cases involving fraud. He has practised in New Zealand, in London and in New South Wales. While in London he worked for an international commercial law firm in the investment treaty and international commercial arbitration team. Mark has assisted with a number of major international arbitrations, including a review of submissions and witness evidence for a large European telecommunications company with an amount in dispute of several billion Euros. He drafted detailed submissions in an international investment dispute against a European state and advised a large US company on sanctions imposed by the UN, EU, US and UK on Libya in 2011. Mark has a Master of Law and Business from Bucerius Law School / WHU Otto-Beisheim School of Management in Hamburg in addition to his bachelor degrees in law and commerce. He joined the legal practice in 2013.
Keith Bethlehem is a partner in the insurance team. His focus is in the areas of financial institutions and directors’ and officers’ insurance, as well as professional indemnity insurance. Keith’s practice incorporates both advice to insurers on coverage issues and defending litigated claims on behalf of insured individuals and entities. Keith has worked internationally gaining extensive experience in the Lloyd’s market, with a particular specialisation in defending claims against financial institutions and investment professionals. Recently, Keith led the team that brought the leading case on the operation of section 6 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1946 (NSW), Chubb & Ors v Moore & Ors , to the Court of Appeal of the Supreme Court of NSW. Keith’s experience in Australia includes defending claims against corporations and their directors and officers by aggrieved shareholders, and negligence claims against investment managers, stockbrokers and valuers. He has also acted for both insureds and insurers on policy disputes involving insurance and reinsurance agreements. Keith has authored numerous insurance-related articles, co-authored the chapter entitled "Directors’ & Officers’ Liability" in the second edition of Directors' Duties During Insolvency published by Thompson in January 2007 and has presented at various forums on insurance topics both in London and Australia. He is listed as a leading individual in insurance in Chambers and Partners (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), and as a recommended lawyer in insurance in the Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2014 and 2016 editions. In 2014-15, 2016 and 2017, Keith was listed in Best Lawyers in Australia for insurance law. In 2015, Doyle's Guide listed Keith as a leading Sydney professional indemnity lawyer. Keith was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 1995 and as a solicitor in England and Wales in 1999. Keith spent six years as a foreign lawyer and solicitor at Barlow Lyde & Gilbert in London between 1997 and 2003. Keith is a member of the Law Society of NSW and the International Bar Association.    

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