LL. B. (Hons)., GDLP (Merit) (ANU)
04 December 2008
Signed Bar Roll:
04 May 2017
Owen Dixon Chambers West
Floor 8, Room 24
525 Lonsdale St, Melbourne
Admitted to Practice:
Victoria, ACT, Federal
Areas of Practice:
- Administrative Law
- Civil Law
- Commercial Law
- Common Law
- Coronial Inquests
- Health Law
- Migration Law
- Personal Injury Law
- Professional Negligence
- Sports Law
Christopher has a general public law and common law practice.
He accepts briefs in matters involving administrative law (judicial review and merits review), public inquiries, major torts, personal injuries, professional liability, disciplinary proceedings, and class actions.
Christopher has acted for Government clients in relation to legal professional privilege and public interest immunity disputes, and is qualified to act in matters involving highly confidential, sensitive and protected information.
Christopher is reading with Catherine Symons and his Senior Mentor is Melinda Richards SC, Victorian Crown Counsel.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Christopher had an extensive public law practice, regularly representing clients in proceedings in the Federal Court, the Victorian Supreme Court and the High Court.
Christopher was a Senior Lawyer with the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), representing clients such as the Minister for Immigration & Border Protection, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA), the Australian Communications & Media Authority, the Departments of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Prime Minister & Cabinet, and Health & Human Services.
In his role at the AGS, Christopher worked on significant litigation. This included acting for:
- the Commonwealth of Australia in the Victorian Supreme Court class action concerning false imprisonment at the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors).
- the Chief Executive Officer of ASADA in the Federal Court judicial review proceedings brought by Essendon Football Club and James Hird, arising from the joint investigation conducted by ASADA and the Australian Football League into the 2012 ‘Doping Scandal’.
- the Chief Executive Officer of ASADA in Supreme Court proceedings for subpoena to issue to key witnesses under the Commercial Arbitration Act 2011 (Vic).
- ‘Officer E’ in the Investigation into the Death of Ahmad Numan Haider in the Coroners Court of Victoria.
While at the AGS, Christopher was also seconded to act as in-house counsel for Medibank Private, providing advice on the regulatory impact of the Private Health Insurance Act 2007 (Cth) and the Australian Consumer Law on Medibank Private’s operations.
Prior to joining the AGS, Christopher Senior Associate to the Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia, the Hon John Faulks. He assisted his Honour in relation to both trials and appeals in complex parenting and property disputes, including matters involving international child abduction, family violence, special medical procedures and complicated commercial arrangements.
Christopher has also had roles as a Legal Officer within the Civil Justice Group of the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department, and as an External Appeals and Litigation Officer at ComSuper.
Memberships and Associations
Common Law and Commercial Law Bar Associations
Christopher is completing a Master of Laws at the University of Melbourne.
Kamasaee v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors (SCI 2014 06770) (“Manus Island Class Action”) (now briefed as counsel in the settlement approval process), Supreme Court of Victoria
Pro bono practice
Christopher also has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, and is the Vice President and a Board Member of the Victorian AIDS Council.