Christopher Beames Partner

Meet Christopher

Chris is a dispute resolution lawyer with over 15 years’ experience across a range of sectors including insolvency, financial products, energy, public utilities, defence, wine and workers compensation.

He assists clients with disputes and litigation in various forums and courts around Australia.  With degrees in mathematics as well as law, Chris brings unique skills and experience to legal disputes involving complicated expert evidence and damages modelling and analysis.

Chris has acted for corporations, company directors, insolvency practitioners, regulated entities and regulators, and local government in various disputes and Court proceedings across a range of sectors including insolvency, financial products, defence and energy.  He has represented clients in a number of representative proceedings (class actions) in the Federal and Supreme Courts, and in obtaining Federal Court approval for numerous schemes of arrangement under Part 5.1 of the Corporations Act.  

His broad experience also includes general commercial and contractual disputes, insolvency litigation and recovery actions (acting for both liquidators and creditors), ASIC investigations and prosecutions, private price reviews and regulated utility price determinations, arbitrations and mediations, judicial review applications and administrative reviews by tribunals, and appeals.

Chris was recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a Rising Star in Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution in 2015 and 2016.

Experience

General

Lehman Brothers liquidation

Acting for various clients (including local councils) in claims against Lehman Brothers Australia Limited (in liquidation) in relation to their investment in collateralised debt obligations (CDOs).

ABC Learning Centres

Acting for the former CEO of ABC Learning Centres in various examinations and proceedings following the administration and liquidation of ABC Learning Centres Ltd.

AusNet Services

Acting for AusNet Services (SP AusNet) in various appeals to the Australian Competition Tribunal and Federal Court in relation to the AER’s approval of its advanced metering infrastructure (smart meters) budget.

Gerard Lighting Group

Acting for Gerard Lighting Group in obtaining Federal Court approval for a scheme of arrangement for its acquisition by Lighting Investments Australia in 2012.

United Water International

Acting for United Water in two expert price determinations with SA Water in 2009-2012.

Career & qualifications

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical & Computer Sciences) (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Law Society of SA

Memberships

  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Chris has acted for international clients in disputes within Australia, as well as represented Australian clients in international arbitrations.

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Recovery of cost of proceedings denied as a result of belated s477(2B) applications

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