Chris is an experienced litigator who acts for clients in a diverse range of disputes and litigation, including complex contract disputes and regulatory enforcements, with a specialisation in construction and infrastructure disputes.
Chris’ focus is on providing innovative and commercially focused solutions for clients in all aspects of disputes and litigation. He is known in the industry to work alongside his clients to achieve cost-effective and commercial outcomes when faced with litigation.
Chris has represented clients including the Commonwealth of Australia, UGL, Downer and Transport for NSW in significant litigation across the country.
Over the years he has gained valuable experience from working within project teams as project-counsel for significant infrastructure projects, including the $3.2b Sydney Metro Northwest, $12.5b City & South West Project, and the $1b Central Station Metro Upgrade. These opportunities have allowed him to advise on claims management and provide strategic direction to project-related delivery issues before they escalate to disputes.
Chris also regularly acts for clients in adjudications under the Security of Payment legislation in all states and territories, and has been responsible for the carriage of some of the largest Security of Payment litigation in NSW.
Commonwealth of Australia
Instructed by the Department of Communications in defending a $1.2 billion contractual claim brought by Optus Networks Limited in the Supreme Court of NSW relating to the construction of national broadband infrastructure.
Sydney Metro Northwest
Acting for and advising MTR Corporation and UGL Rail Services, responsible for delivery of the $3.2 billion services component of the Sydney Metro Northwest Rail Link, in relation to all claims arising on the project, alternative dispute resolution procedures and litigation.
Acting for a contractor in relation to the Westconnex Project in relation to significant delay and disruption claims arising on the Project.
NSW Department of Industry and Energy and the Department of Planning
Prosecuted companies for statutory offences under the Mining Act 1992 (NSW).
Urgent injunctive applications
Acted for a variety of clients in seeking urgent interlocutory relief in the Courts, including with respect to bank guarantees, and online fraud cases.
Security of Payment adjudications
Acted for clients in countless adjudication processes under the Security of Payment legislation in each state and territory, for both claimants and respondents including Lend Lease, UGL, Downer, Broadspectrum, Cockram Constructions, and IRIS Group.