Chris Erfurt

Clayton Utz
Partner Brisbane

Chris focuses on complex litigation, dispute resolution, investigations and insurance. His litigation expertise includes shareholder claim defence, white-collar criminal defence, claims against insurers, and environmental torts. He excels at solving complex problems and providing clear and concise advice.

Notable Work
  • Listed resources company: acted for directors and officers in successful defence of a shareholder derivative action, oppression claim and misleading and deceptive conduct claim, and associated successful insurance recovery of costs.
  • Public company: acted in successful defence of a shareholder derivative action; acting in defence of an oppression claim and ASIC investigation.
  • Insolvent listed company: acted for an officer of its subsidiary in successful defence of three white-collar criminal charges at trial.
  • Major international airport: acting for the operator in Supreme Court proceedings against a polluter and environmental liability insurer.
  • Listed US entity: acted for the Australian subsidiary in successful defence of an environmental nuisance claim.
  • Large U.S. manufacturers: acted for multiple manufacturers to successfully resolve personal injury claims in Australia and the U.S. arising from asbestos exposure.
  • Electricity generator: acted in successful recovery from its environmental liability insurers in relation to asbestos dumped at the client's site.
  • Government-owned electricity generator: acting in a very large claim against its property insurers arising from a catastrophic event which caused extensive property damage and business interruption losses.
  • "Big Four" bank: acts in its most complex financial lines insurance matters, including successful and substantial recoveries against professional indemnity insurers for remediation programs, inquiries, class actions and other disputes.
  • Private and public clients: regularly advises them and their directors and officers on insurance, indemnity and other protective arrangements, and liability risk allocation and management, for general business, transactions and projects. This spans all classes of insurance and includes captive arrangements.
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