Colin Biggers & Paisley boosts expertise

Three practices to benefit

Colin Biggers & Paisley boosts expertise

Insurance News

By Roxanne Libatique

Colin Biggers & Paisley has strengthened its national presence with two new senior appointments and a significant promotion.

Jemma McLaughlin (pictured, left) has been appointed as special counsel in the insurance group, Jon Na (pictured, middle) joins as a senior associate in the construction group, and Patrick Smith (pictured, right) has been promoted to senior associate within the disputes & investigations team.

New special counsel at Colin Biggers & Paisley’s insurance group

McLaughlin, returning to the firm, will specialise in professional indemnity litigation.

Her expertise includes defending claims for various professionals, particularly within the health sector. Additionally, she has experience in areas such as general liability, product liability, property damage, subrogated recoveries, and aviation and commercial litigation.

New senior associate at Colin Biggers & Paisley’s construction group

Na will focus on construction disputes, managing cases in the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as adjudication and Tribunal proceedings.

His experience includes handling security of payment claims and complex litigation, offering tailored solutions for developers and contractors.

New senior associate at Colin Biggers & Paisley’s disputes & investigations team

Smith, now a senior associate, will use his background in accounting and commercial law to navigate complex legal disputes.

He has conducted and defended litigation across various Australian jurisdictions and represented creditors and stakeholders in liquidations and bankruptcies.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is a national legal practice representing major corporations, finance and insurance companies, government departments, large private organisations, and individuals.

Last month, 43 of the firm’s employees demonstrated their strength in insurance by making it to the list of the 2025 edition of Best Lawyers for Australia insurance law category. Andrew Tulloch, recognised as “Lawyer of the Year” for aviation law, contributed to the firm’s reputation in dealing with complex insurance cases associated with the aviation industry.

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