Christopher joined chambers in October 2018. He was admitted to practice in Australia in 2011 and commenced practising at the self-employed bar in Sydney in early 2015.
Christopher accepts instructions across most of Chambers’ core areas of practice. In 2017, he was identified as an ‘Emerging Junior’ in the area of employment and work health and safety law in Australia.
Before commencing at the Bar he served as a judicial assistant to number of judges including the Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Australia. He also worked as a graduate lawyer for a leading Australian claimant firm and as a political advisor to parliamentary candidates, senators and parliamentary office-holders.
Christopher has lectured at the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney in evidence, procedure and torts. He has also contributed to a number of Australian practitioner texts including the Australian Privacy Reporter (providing substantial updates following a major overhaul of Australian data protection law) and the Australian Torts Reporter (authoring chapters on economic torts and defamation).
Christopher’s employment practice has included acting for football coaches, subsidiaries of international mining companies and universities. He is experienced acting in employment cases as both sole counsel and with a leader.
His significant cases have included:
- Anglo Coal (Drayton Management) Pty Ltd v Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union  HCATrans 308, acted for Anglo Coal (Drayton Management) Pty (instructed by Ashurst Australia) in an application for permission to appeal to the High Court of Australia concerning the proper construction of the Australian equivalent of the Employment Rights Act 1996.
- Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v Anglo Coal (Capcoal Management) Pty Ltd  FWCFB 317 and related matters, acted for Anglo American (Capcoal Management) Pty (instructed by Ashurst Australia) to advise and resist various applications relating to a large redundancy program at a coal mine.
- McGlin v Bluescope Steel (AIS) Pty Ltd  FWC 1550, acted as sole counsel (instructed by Slater & Gordon) for an employee unfairly dismissed shortly before he was to receive a significant redundancy payment. Successfully obtained an order that the employee be reinstated so that he could obtain the redundancy payment (significantly in excess of the statutory compensation cap).
- Moss v Central Coast Mariners Pty Ltd, acted for a terminated football coach in a claim under contract (settled before hearing).
- Acted for the Australian National University and the University of New England in disputes with employees.
Throughout pupillage, Christopher:
- assisted John Cavanagh QC and Holly Stout in the Supreme Court decision Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust v Haywood  UKSC 22;  WLR 2073;
- assisted Andrew Blake in drafting a multi-million pound whistleblowing claim in the Employment Tribunal;
- assisted Andrew Blake in advising on an age discrimination claim concerning income protection insurance; and
- assisted James Cornwell and Jonathan Swift QC in preparing the Secretary of State for Work and Pension’s case on quantum (following the decision in Cavanagh v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWHC 1136 (QB);  ICR 826).
Christopher has acted for claimants and defendants in numerous commercial disputes as sole counsel.
Significant cases include:
- Hadley v BetHQ Pty Ltd  FCA 1263, appeared as sole counsel for the creditor in a contested application to wind up a company; and
- Metcash Food and Grocery Pty Ltd v Randall  NSWDC 440, appeared successfully as sole counsel in an application involving claim for the equivalent of approximately £200,000.
During pupillage, he assisted Jane McCafferty to draft High Court particulars of claim and defences in several commercial disputes including cases involving confidential information and breakdowns in business relationships.
Inquests and Inquiries
Christopher has a burgeoning practice in inquests and inquiries. He brings with him to this practice area his significant experience in defending serious and complex criminal prosecutions (including sexual allegations, murder and fraud) at the bar in Australia.
He presently instructed to act for local authorities in several investigations run by the Independent Inquiry for Child Sexual Abuse including:
- acting for Nottinghamshire County Council, led by Andrew Sharland QC, in the Nottinghamshire Councils investigation.
Public Law and Human Rights
Christopher acts and advises in a range of public law and human rights matters.
He is a member of the Government Legal Department’s Junior Barrister Scheme.
Christopher’s public law and human rights practice in Australia has included a wide range of judicial reviews (as sole counsel), criminal cases and tribunal matters.
Significant cases include:
- Kurniawan v R  NSWCCA 171 , appeared as sole counsel for an offender in an appeal against sentence in the Court of Criminal Appeal.
- Osman v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW)  NSWSC 1222, appeared as sole counsel in a judicial review of a magistrate’s decision to permit proceedings to be brought on indictment out of time.
- R v Adams (No 2)  NSWSC 1359, appeared as sole counsel for the defendant in a prosecution for murder in a contested application against silk. Successful in the application. Appeared as junior counsel in the trial and subsequent appeal.
- Danny Lim v R  NSWDC 231, appeared for the successful appellant in a high profile appeal against conviction for offensive conduct in a political protest. The appeal expressly raised questions concerning freedom of speech and political communication. Appeal upheld.
- CMA v Children’s Guardian  NSWCATAD 264, appeared as sole counsel for the appellant in a merits review of a decision akin to a barring decision. Appeal upheld.
Throughout pupillage, Christopher:
- assisted James Goudie QC and Joanne Clement in Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham  EWHC 2508 (TCC), a judicial review concerning the decision to grant leases over land brought by an unsuccessful tenderer;
- assisted James Goudie QC in advising a local authority on its powers and obligations concerning, amongst other things, the Housing Act 2004; and
- assisted James Cornwell in a claim under the Human Rights Act 1998 alleging a contravention of Art 14 of the ECHR taken together with Art 8.
Media and Privacy
Christopher has a keen interest in media, privacy, data protection and information law.
He graduated first in his cohort in the Master of Laws (Intellectual Property and Information Law) at King’s College London.
Christopher’s information practice has included:
- acting for the Australian Shadow Attorney General in a high-profile freedom of information request for access to the Attorney General’s diary: Attorney-General v the Honourable Mark Dreyfus  FCAFC 119; (2016) FCR 472;
- acting for an Australian shadow minister seeking access to a correspondence between the then-Deputy Prime Minister and his department head;
- providing training and assistance to political staff in freedom of information laws; and
- acting for the Information Commissioner in an appeal brought under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Christopher is developing a practice in procurement law.
During pupillage he assisted James Goudie QC and Joanne Clement in Ocean Outdoor UK Limited v London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham  EWHC 2508 (TCC).
BA (Government and International Relations), University of Sydney
LLB, University of Sydney – Hons I
Grad Dip Legal Practice, Australian National University
LLM, Australian National University
Graduate Certificate in Commercial Law, Deakin University – Dean’s Merit List
LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Law), King’s College London – Distinction, First in Course
Awards and Scholarships
University of Sydney Entry Scholarship
Justice Peter Hely Scholarship (awarded to support further postgraduate study in Commercial Law)
Dean’s Merit List, Commercial Law, Deakin University
Award for Best Student on the LLM (Intellectual Property and Information Law) at King’s College London
Honourable Mention Advocate (ranked 7th in the world) at the Foreign Direct Investment Moot
Winner, Graveson Moot Cup, King’s College London
Christopher is an intermediate student of Spanish. He dabbles in guitar and bass and enjoys long distance running.
He has been sighted, on occasion, performing stand up comedy above pubs in Central London.