Chris has a particular interest in constitutional and administrative law, and also has a developing practice in commercial law and equity and trusts.
Before coming to the Bar, Chris worked for the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department, in the office of General Counsel and later as Counsel Assisting the Solicitor-General. As Counsel assisting the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department Chris prepared legal opinions and written submissions in significant litigation involving the Commonwealth. As General Counsel Chris gave legal advice in the areas of constitutional law and statutory construction in such areas as native title, taxation, grants and appropriations, superannuation, judicial power and acquisitions of property.
Prior to these roles Chris was an Associate in the High Court of Australia to Justice Brennan.
- Administrative Law
- Aged Care
- Civil & Human Rights
- Commissions & Inquiries
- Constitutional Law
- Customs Law
- Extradition Law
- Freedom of Information
- Judicial Review
- Public International Law
- Equity & Trusts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
State and Territory Courts and Tribunals
Federal Court of Australia
High Court of Australia
Sandhurst Holdings (Australia) Limited v Commissioner of State Revenue  VSCA 167
T T-Line Company Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue  VSC 506
Lygon Nominees Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue  VSCA 140
ISPT Pty Ltd v City of Melbourne (Land Valuation)  VCAT 652
Capital Club Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue  VSC 108
Arjon Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue  VSCA 213
Commissioner of State Revenue v Karingal 2 Holdings Pty Ltd; Commissioner of State Revenue v CPT Custodian Pty Ltd  VSCA 214
Infolic Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited  VSC 429
Cowell & Ors v British American Tobacco Australia Services Ltd & Ors  VSCA 301
Museums Board of Victoria v Carter  FCA 645
Mulholland v Victorian Electoral Commission & Anor  VSC 89 - Review of decision of Victorian Electoral Commission by Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
Mulholland v Victorian Electoral Commission & Anor  VSC 130
Nufarm Australia Ltd v Dow Agrosciences Australia Ltd  FCA 1498
Callejo and Department of Immigration and Citizenship  AATA 244- Freedom of Information- whether disclosure unreasonable disclosure of personal information - meaning of ''matter relating to'' person requesting access.
Vanstone v Clark  FCAFC 189 - Administrative Law - decision by Minister to suspend ATSIC Commissioner - meaning of "misbehaviour"
Esso Australia Resources Ltd v Sir Daryl Dawson  FCA 363 - legal professional privilege - s 19D of the Evidence Act 1958 (Vic) abrogating privilege in proceedings before a royal commission - whether s 19D is an impermissible interference with the judicial power of the Commonwealth or undermines confidence in the impartial administration of justice in courts exercising federal jurisdiction.
SZNHY v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCA 51
H v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  FCAFC 119
MZWXM & Anor v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FMCA 911
MZXJV v Minister for Immigration & Anor  FMCA 964
Enano v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs  FCA 426
MZUAZ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs FCA 1390
James v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs  FCAFC 91;  FCA 383
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