Christopher Hibbard Portrait 2019

Christopher Hibbard

Bar roll 2019 Admitted 2012
  • Commercial Law Public Law
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Christopher practises in commercial and public law

He advises and appears in a range of areas, particularly corporate insolvency (including PPSR issues), equity and trusts, class actions and administrative and constitutional law.

Before coming to the bar, Christopher was a senior associate at Clayton Utz. In that role he worked on complex commercial and public law matters, primarily in relation to corporate insolvency, trusts, contractual disputes and judicial review.

Christopher holds a Master of Laws with distinction from University College London, where he specialised in comparative law. His undergraduate degrees are from the University of Melbourne, where he was an editor of the Melbourne Journal of International Law. Christopher also holds an Advanced Certificate in Insolvency from the Australian Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Association and is a reporter for the Victorian Reports.

Christopher read with Robert Craig QC. His senior mentor is Christopher Horan QC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under the Professional Standards Legislation


Chambers & Clerk

Castan Chambers
Level 14 Room 15

460 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Arbitration
  • Competition
  • Contractual Disputes
  • Corporate Insolvency
  • Corporations & Securities
  • Energy & Resources
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Private International Law
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Public International Law
  • White Collar Crime



Master of Laws (Dist) (University College London)

Bachelor of Laws (Hons) (Melbourne)

Bachelor of Arts (Melbourne)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals, Federal Court of Australia & High Court of Australia

Recent Cases

General commercial law
  • Bolitho v Banksia Securities Ltd (S CI 2012 07185): acting for one of the "lawyer parties" in relation to alleged breaches of the Civil Procedure Act 2010 (Vic) and related issues (led by Robert Craig QC)
  • Shaanxi Nutracare Australia Pty Ltd v Viplus Dairy Pty Ltd (VID122/2021): acting for the plaintiffs in a contractual dispute about infant milk formula (led by Ian Waller QC and Patrick Noonan)
  • Seabreeze Fire Pty Ltd v Arulampalam (S ECI 2020 03742): acting for the plaintiffs in a dispute concerning shares (led by Robert Craig QC)
  • Steller Continental Development Pty Ltd (in liq) (receivers and managers appointed) v Gerner (S ECI 2020 4542): acting for the defendant in a dispute about a guarantee (unled)
  • Advising a major financial institution in relation to "conflicted remuneration" issues and the construction of a contract (led by Michael Borsky QC and Premala Thiagarajan)
  • Advising shareholders of a private company in relation to their rights (led by Wendy Harris QC)
  • Advising a major university in relation to a services contract (led by Robert Heath QC)
  • Re Liquefied Natural Gas Ltd (administrators apptd) (S ECI 2020 2060): acting for administrators in an urgent application to validate their appointment and later in an application for judicial advice (led by Robert Craig QC)
  • Re AXF Group Pty Ltd (S ECI 2020 01957): acting for a litigation funder in a dispute about a funding agreement and priorities (led by Robert Craig QC)
  • Re IRexchange Ltd (in liq) (S ECI 2020 1454): acting for liquidators seeking a pooling order (unled)
  • Numerous insolvency-related applications under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) and Personal Property Securities Act 2009 (Cth)
Public and regulatory law
Land and property
  • Brompton Lodge Pty Ltd (in admin) v Head, Transport for Victoria [2020] VSC 797 and [2020] VSC 881: acting for Head, Transport for Victoria in an application for compensation following the reservation of land (led by Sandro Goubran QC)
  • Hermal Timber Nominees Pty Ltd v Head, Transport for Victoria (S ECI 2020 4594): acting for Head, Transport for Victoria in an application for compensation following the acquisition of land (led by Susan Brennan SC)
  • Vella v Vella (S ECI 2019 5450): acting for the defendant in a dispute about the ownership and development of land (led by Peter Wallis QC)