Firm Profile

Colin Biggers & Paisley


Level 42, 2 Park Street
GPO Box 214
Sydney NSW 2001
61 2 8281 4555

Firm Details

Founded over a century ago, Colin Biggers & Paisley is one of the oldest legal practices in the country. We are proud of our long-standing client relationships with many of Australia's most respected and successful companies. Today the practice has over 370 staff, offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and a track record of excellence and high partner engagement that is second to none. The Australian Financial Review listed Colin Biggers & Paisley as the fastest growing law firm to the 12 months to January 2014.

Colin Biggers & Paisley's key areas of focus are insurance, construction, property, commercial and dispute resolution. We also have top-tier expertise in insolvency, transport, employment, work health and safety, and environmental law.

Acting on legal defence work for both Lawcover in New South Wales and the Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee in Victoria, we are one of the leading "lawyers' law firms" in Australia. We have also played key insurance coverage advisory roles on every major corporate collapse in Australia since the start of the Global Financial Crisis.

In the construction space, we have one of the largest dedicated practice groups in the country and we act for all industry players, including private developers, major and mid-tier contractors, specialist subcontractors, consultants and government.

We have broad international connections through our membership of ADVOC, a global network of commercial law firms, as well as our close association with LutfiCBP in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This means we can assist you wherever your business takes you.

Colin Biggers & Paisley is able to help businesses of all kinds - small and large, emerging and established. We are a fast-growing leader in legal services.


Dunstan de Souza
Managing Partner
Chris Rumore
Senior Partner
Greg Skehan
Senior Partner
Patrick Monahan
Senior Partner

Law Firm of the Year Awards

  • Insurance Law in Australia (2018)

About Our Clients

We act for a wide variety of clients, including publicly listed and private companies, major Australian and multinational corporations, not for profits, insurers, importers and exporters, franchisors and franchisees, employers and employees, rural land and agribusiness holders, property buyers and developers, directors and officers, owners' corporations, tenants and landlords, accountants, architects, designers, engineers, financial advisers, executors and trustees, quantity surveyors, valuers, medical practitioners, health professionals, barristers, solicitors and real estate agents.

Our clients come from a range of sectors and industries, including all levels of government, manufacturing, financial services, commercial and corporate entities, entertainment, health services, educational institutions, IT, construction, real estate, property development, mining, industrial, hospitality and transport and logistics.

"Law Firm of the Year"

Founded in 1900, Colin, Biggers & Paisley is an innovative Australian firm with a global reach.  This year, 29 lawyers were recognized in The Best Lawyers in Australia for their top talent in 16 practice areas.  Additionally, the firm has been awarded the top distinction of "Law Firm of the Year" in Australia for its work in Insurance Law.
Law Firm of the Year Badge for Australia
Insurance Law

"Colin, Biggers & Paisley has an outstanding Insurance Law practice," says Best Lawyers President Phil Greer, "and is a favorite among Australia’s largest insurers for class action work." The firm's Insurance Law practice is headed by Melbourne’s 2018 Insurance Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year”, Patrick Monahan. This year, Monahan’s team has been enhanced by new hires and its Queensland expansion. In addition, the firm has 11 lawyers recognized for their top legal talent in Insurance Law in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in Australia.

Patrick Monahan also shared: "We’ve got about 20 partners now in the group and about 50 or 60 lawyers supporting us, so we’ve got a big and solid team. Things are going very well. We’ve had a lot of solid claims work, both the regular, routine insurance claims that practices like ours live and die by, but also a large number of really substantial matters, many class actions, and some other cases. It’s been a very, very exciting year for us."

Learn more by reading: "Q&A with Patrick Monahan and Andrew Tulloch of Colin Biggers & Paisley."

Firm Practice Areas

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Class Action Litigation
  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate/Governance Practice
  • Education Law
  • Financial Institutions
  • Government Practice
  • Hospitality and Tourism Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Occupational Health & Safety Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Planning and Environmental Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Retail Law
  • Shipping & Maritime Law
  • Trusts and Estates

Office Locations



Brisbane, Australia

Level 35 Waterfront Place

1 Eagle Street

GPO Box 142

Brisbane QLD 4001


61 7 3002 8700

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Melbourne, Australia

Level 23, 181 William Street

GPO Box 4542

Melbourne VIC 3001


61 3 8624 2000

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Sydney, Australia

Level 42, 2 Park Street

GPO Box 214

Sydney NSW 2001


61 2 8281 4555

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