Christopher Horan Portrait

Christopher Horan QC

Bar roll 2000 Silk 2015
  • Commercial Law Public Law
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Chris Horan QC has a broad public and commercial law practice

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.


Chambers & Clerk

Owen Dixon Chambers West
Level 18 Room 11

525 Lonsdale Street

Melbourne VIC 3000

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Jane King

03 9225 8558


Commercial Law
  • Appellate
  • Equity & Trusts
  • Superannuation
  • Taxation
Public Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Aged Care
  • Appellate
  • Civil & Human Rights
  • Commissions & Inquiries
  • Constitutional Law
  • Customs Law
  • Discrimination
  • Extradition Law
  • Freedom of Information
  • Immigration
  • Judicial Review
  • Public International Law
  • Taxation



Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Laws (Hons)



Entitled to practise in

State and Territory Courts and Tribunals

Federal Court of Australia

High Court of Australia

Recent Cases


Sandhurst Holdings (Australia) Limited v Commissioner of State Revenue [2009] VSCA 167

T T-Line Company Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue [2008] VSC 506

Lygon Nominees Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue [2007] VSCA 140

ISPT Pty Ltd v City of Melbourne (Land Valuation) [2007] VCAT 652

Capital Club Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue [2007] VSC 108

Arjon Pty Ltd v Commissioner of State Revenue [2003] VSCA 213

Commissioner of State Revenue v Karingal 2 Holdings Pty Ltd; Commissioner of State Revenue v CPT Custodian Pty Ltd [2003] VSCA 214

Practice and Procedure

Infolic Pty Ltd v Telstra Corporation Limited [2005] VSC 429

Cowell & Ors v British American Tobacco Australia Services Ltd & Ors [2007] VSCA 301

Administrative Law

Museums Board of Victoria v Carter [2005] FCA 645

Mulholland v Victorian Electoral Commission & Anor [2011] VSC 89 - Review of decision of Victorian Electoral Commission by Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

Mulholland v Victorian Electoral Commission & Anor [2010] VSC 130

Nufarm Australia Ltd v Dow Agrosciences Australia Ltd [2010] FCA 1498

Callejo and Department of Immigration and Citizenship [2010] AATA 244- Freedom of Information- whether disclosure unreasonable disclosure of personal information - meaning of ''matter relating to'' person requesting access.

Vanstone v Clark [2005] FCAFC 189 - Administrative Law - decision by Minister to suspend ATSIC Commissioner - meaning of "misbehaviour"

Constitutional Law

Esso Australia Resources Ltd v Sir Daryl Dawson [1999] 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 [2010] FCA 51

H v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship [2010] FCAFC 119

MZWXM & Anor v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2009] FMCA 911

MZXJV v Minister for Immigration & Anor [2007] FMCA 964

Enano v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs [2006] FCA 426

MZUAZ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs[2003] FCA 1390

James v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 91; [2002] FCA 383


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