Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2015

Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2015

Pro Bono Program of the Year finalist

Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation named as finalist in Human Rights Awards 2015

Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation named as finalist in Human Rights Awards 2015

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Chambers and partners 2016
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Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2015

Lawyers Weekly Australian Law Awards 2015

Pro Bono Program of the Year finalist

Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation named as finalist in Human Rights Awards 2015

Colin Biggers & Paisley Foundation named as finalist in Human Rights Awards 2015

Congratulations to all our pro bono lawyers

Chambers and partners 2016
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Carlos Gouveia has joined Colin Biggers & Paisley's corporate and commercial team as a special counsel.
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Chris Jones is a senior associate in the insurance team at Colin Biggers & Paisley. Chris has expertise in professional indemnity claims, acting mainly for lawyers and their insurers. He has also acted for other professionals, including surveyors, conveyancers, valuers, engineers and financial advisors.  He has represented insurers in a range of transport work, including marine recoveries and claims arising from road and sea carriage of goods. He also has experience in the (legal) regulatory space and has acted for church bodies in sexual abuse claims. His practice includes both large and small claim matters. Chris has acted for the Legal Practitioners Liability Committee, and its insureds, in both large-scale litigation (including shareholder class actions) and in smaller claims. He has also acted for Lawcover and its insureds in a variety of claims.  Chris was admitted as a solicitor in Victoria in 2011. He is admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of Victoria, as well as the Federal Court and High Court of Australia. He has experience in general commercial litigation in all Victorian courts and the Federal Court.
Victor Borzillo is a partner in the construction and engineering team. Victor has extensive experience in the construction and major projects industries and provides tailored and commercially focused advice in relation to structuring projects, preparing, negotiating and administering contracts and resolving complex disputes and claims through a range of court proceedings, arbitrations, expert determinations, mediations and general commercial negotiations. As well as many years of private practice experience, Victor has considerable in-house experience as an independent consultant providing both legal and project management services.  As well as providing external advice, he has also worked internally as part of large project teams responsible for the delivery and commissioning of major marine, mining, manufacturing and water infrastructure projects.  Victor is regularly called upon by national and international senior executives and boards across a range of business sectors to provide advice on commercial and project related issues. Victor holds a Bachelor of Laws as well as a Master of Laws (majoring in alternative dispute resolution).  

Carolyn Wait
Senior Associate

Carolyn Wait is a senior associate in the insurance team. Her practice is centred around general litigation, particularly in the fields of transport, professional indemnity and life insurance.    She has significant experience acting for clients in the transport industry, including marine insurers (hull machinery and cargo), road, sea and rail carriers, P&I clubs, freight forwarders, stevedores and their respective insurers in liability related matters.   Carolyn acts for both local and international insurers in liability and property damage claims. She also conducts life insurance claims, general liability claims and professional indemnity claims for insurers and insureds against solicitors, accountants, insurance brokers and other professionals.   Carolyn was admitted to practice in 2005.

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.

Johanna Denbigh
Special Counsel

Johanna Denbigh (nee Lucas) holds the position of Special Counsel in our insurance team. She brings a wealth of experience to many of the areas in which we practice. Johanna worked extensively as a general commercial litigator for a number of years before specialising in insurance law in 2002. Since then, her particular expertise has included the defence of claims for both insurers and insureds with a particular focus on mining/construction, commercial/residential, retail, transport/warehouse logistics, hotelier/security, contractor/subcontractor, labour hire and product liability claims. She acts for both professional and non-professional entities.  Johanna's liability expertise encompasses the statutory pre-litigation regimes for general liability claims, as well as all aspects of the Uniform Civil Procedure Rules (Qld), successfully defending matters to trial. Her portfolio includes multi-party actions involving tort, contract and CCA disputes, together with a number of sensitive liability claims. She has been of assistance to insurers, insureds and underinsured or uninsured entities in numerous property damage disputes. She has considerable fraud and investigation experience. Johanna's background includes providing representation and advice on work health and safety and coronial matters. Johanna advises clients on policy coverage, contractual indemnities, dual and co-insurance and risk management matters.

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