CBP hires 2 insurance lawyers

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CBP hires 2 insurance lawyers

National firm Colin Biggers & Paisley have added two new insurance lawyers for its Melbourne office.

Katrina Gillies has been hired as a special counsel and John McGirr as a senior associate, both of whom will join the firm’s insurance team.

Ms Gillies was most recently a senior legal adviser to one of Australia’s major churches for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and Mr McGirr was a senior associate at Wisewould Mahony, where he spent almost 11 years, starting as an administrative supervisor.

CBP managing partner Nick Crennan said the two new appointments further enhance its position as a leading law practice in insurance.

“We have a strong reputation as a leader in insurance, frequently recognised for our expertise and services by Best Lawyers in Australia, Chambers Asia Pacific and Doyle’s Guide. We are very proud of the calibre of people and talent we are able to attract,” he said.

“Our insurance team is undergoing rapid growth, not just in Melbourne but across the eastern seaboard. Katrina and John’s experience will complement our insurance team’s already impressive skill set and be of great value to our clients.”


The appointments comes after other recent senior appointments in the firm’s insurance team, following the hiring of special counsel Philip Atkin, senior associate Angela Smith and partner Michelle Taylor.

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy

Jerome Doraisamy is a senior writer for Lawyers Weekly and Wellness Daily at Momentum Media.

Jerome is an admitted solicitor in New South Wales and, prior to joining the team in early 2018, he worked in both commercial and governmental legal roles and has worked as a public speaker and consultant to law firms, universities and high schools across the country and internationally. He is also the author of The Wellness Doctrines self-help book series and is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Western Australia.

Jerome graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Social Inquiry).

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