Chris represents commercial, institutional and government clients nationally in the areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, including specialist experience in novel ADR processes, complex remediation programs, crisis management and regulatory investigations and inquiries.

He also advises clients on various insurance issues, including directors' and officers' and professional indemnity liability and insurance coverage and managing insurance and risk for leading corporations and major projects.

Clients value Chris' ability to solve complex legal and factual problems and distill those solutions into straightforward, useful, advice.

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Investigations and Crisis Management

Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Chris is advising the Bank on its customer review and remediation program, which is the largest of its type in Australia.

Major financial institution: Chris is advising a major Australian financial institution on a large-scale customer review and remediation program.

Religious institution: Chris is advising a major religious institution regarding its response to historical child abuse claims.

Commissions of inquiry: Chris has recent experience in Commissions of Inquiry, including acting for Board members and an officer of Queensland Rail in the Queensland Rail Train Crewing Practices Commission of Inquiry, acting for Racing Queensland in the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry and the Queensland Greyhound Racing Industry Commission of Inquiry.

ASIC investigation: Chris is acting for the former COO of an entity within a large, collapsed, group of companies in relation to an ASIC investigation and prior to the liquidators' examination.

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Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Macarthur Minerals Limited: Chris acts for a director and two former directors of this publicly listed company in defence of a shareholder oppression claim and for a director and former officer of the company in defence of a misleading and deceptive conduct claim.  Both claims are currently struck-out.

Queensland Government: Chris regularly acts for the Queensland Government in contentious matters.  Current matters include issues arising out of damage to State-owned property caused by the crash and explosion of a heavy vehicle carrying ammonium nitrate, and claims by landowners in relation to alleged subsidence issues.

US manufacturers: Chris acted on behalf of various large US industrial manufacturers on claims by an Australian resident for personal injury arising from alleged asbestos exposure.  The claim against one of the manufacturers was the biggest asbestos case made against them and is presently resolved in favour of that client.

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Chris regularly acts for BAC on contentious and regulatory matters.

Arbitration: Chris acts for a major infrastructure operator in contested multi-party arbitration involving complex contractual regulatory and economic issues. 

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Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation

Industrial Galvanizers Corporation: Chris acts for this Australian subsidiary of a large US manufacturer in defence of an environmental nuisance claim by an ASX-listed entity and two of its subsidiaries.

Airport operators: Chris is advising airport operators on contentious and regulatory matters arising out of historical use of PFCs by tenants at the airports.

Asbestos: Chris regularly acts for manufacturers and property owners in relation to asbestos liability issues, including recently for various large US industrial manufacturers on claims by an Australian resident for personal injury arising from alleged asbestos exposure.

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Insurance and Risk

Brisbane Airport Corporation: Chris advises BAC on its insurance and risk issues, including those arising from its multi-stage New Parallel Runway project.

2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games Village: Chris acts for the State in relation to contractual risk allocation and insurance arrangements for the Commonwealth Games Village.  These arrangements are unique due to the importance and nature of the event and the three-stage development involving construction of the Village, handover for use during the Games, and handback for redevelopment into a mixed-use residential community as part of an urban renewal initiative. 

Northern Gas Pipeline: Chris advised the NT Government on contractual risk allocation and insurance arrangements for the Northern Gas Pipeline, which will allow gas produced in the NT to flow to the East coast of Australia via Mount Isa.

Lehman Brothers: Chris acted for the Liquidators of Lehman Brothers Australia Limited on insurance claims arising from the prominent collapse of the multinational investment bank after the sub-prime mortgage fallout and Global Financial Crisis.

LM Investment Management Limited:  Chris acts for the Liquidators of LMIM on liability claims against LMIM and an insurance claim under investment management liability insurance policies held by LMIM.  Before its collapse, this Gold Coast based funds manager had over $1 billion in funds under management.

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