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Colin Biggers & Paisley promotes 14

Colin Biggers & Paisley has promoted 14 staff in its largest-ever promotions round, including four to the partnership.

user iconLauren Croft 08 December 2022 Big Law
Colin Biggers & Paisley promotes 14
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Effective January 2023, Colin Biggers & Paisley will have four new partners, four new special counsels and six new senior associates.

The newest partners at the firm are Patrick Cavanagh, Stuart McKenzie, Mathisha Panagoda and Georgina Wong.


Mr Cavanagh has extensive experience in professional indemnity, general liability and casualty claims, and providing advice to insurers with respect to professional indemnity and general liability policies.

Mr McKenzie has broad experience in commercial litigation, dispute resolution and debt recovery. Stuart’s primary practice involves acting for and advising insolvency practitioners, as well as acting for large national banks in the enforcement of securities, recovery of unsecured loans and resolving disputes between corporate borrowers and financiers.

Mr Panagoda has extensive experience acting for schools, religious institutions, disability service providers and insurers on claims of bodily injury, historical child sexual abuse, professional indemnity and general liability.

Ms Wong focuses on public liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, and advises on institutional liability, contractual indemnity, dust disease injuries and third-party recovery.

Shannon Blain, Leanne Dearlove, Christopher Harrison and Olivera Stojanovska have also been promoted to special counsel, and Elyse Di Stefano, Megan Dudley, Jack Hamilton, Emma Haylock, Richard Martyn and Conor Sheridan have been promoted to senior associate.

This follows the appointment of Hall & Wilcox’s first-ever female chair this week, as well as the addition of three partners from HWL Ebsworth to K&L Gates.