Christopher has a broad commercial practice that includes building and construction, energy and resources, contract, corporations, defamation, and professional negligence, as well as a range of regulatory, public and administrative law work.
Having practised as a solicitor in commercial litigation and dispute resolution at a national Australian law firm, Christopher has an attuned sense of each client’s needs. He combines this client-centric approach with legal expertise drawn from acting for clients in a variety of industries, most notably the energy and resources, construction and infrastructure, and property sectors in all State and Federal Courts.
In 2021, Christopher was briefed to appear as junior counsel before the High Court of Australia in Sunland Group Limited v Gold Coast City Council (2021) 394 ALR 385.
Christopher holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Queensland and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the Queensland University of Technology.
Christopher’s experience includes the following significant cases:
> acting for a mining company in defending proceedings about contracts for the construction and modification of rail infrastructure connecting to the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal near Gladstone;
> advising (led) about a claim against the Department of Defence for negligence, nuisance and breach of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth);
> advising (led) concerning the termination of a Power Purchase Agreement in the Supreme Court of Western Australia;
> advising companies about compliance with the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth);
> appearing (led and unled) in general commercial proceedings;
> appearing (unled) in professional negligence proceedings;
> appearing (unled) in defamation matters for individuals in traditional and digital media;
> appearing (led and unled) in professional disciplinary proceedings including for legal practitioners, health practitioners, teachers, and other professionals;
> appearing (unled) for consumers against a retailer providing counterfeit luxury goods;
> appearing (unled) in various oppression proceedings in the Supreme Court of Queensland;
> appearing (unled) for parties in the Queensland Building and Construction Commission;
> appearing (unled) for the Legal Services Commissioner defending an appeal against a decision that the appellant had engaged in legal practice when not entitled (Raghoobar v Legal Services Commissioner);
> appearing (led) in the High Court for Sunland Group Limited in relation to construing conditions of development approval (Sunland Group Limited v Gold Coast City Council).
2023 Member of the Bar Council
2023 Member of the Law Council of Australia – Young Lawyers Committee
Bar Association of Queensland
2018 Solicitor, Holding Redlich
Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Queensland University of Technology
Bachelor of Arts (Hons), University of Queensland