Christopher Beames Partner

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 Leading Lawyer in Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution in 2020 - 2021 (and as a Rising Star in 2015 and 2016).



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.

ASC AWD Shipbuilder

Acted for ASC in the Supreme Court of NSW, and on appeal to the NSW Court of Appeal, in a contractual dispute regarding the construction of the Air Warfare Destroyers.

Gazal Corporation

Sought and obtained approval from the Federal Court for a scheme of arrangement for Gazal's acquisition by PVH Corp.

BankSA class action

Acted for a group of investors who lost funds in an alleged Ponzi scheme in a class action against BankSA then acting as Court appointed administrator of the scheme to distribute the settlement funds.


Recognised as a key lawyer in natural resources (transactions and regulatory)
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Recognised as a key lawyer in energy (transactions and regulatory)
Asia Pacific Legal 500, 2021
Recognised as a leading lawyer in commercial litigation and dispute resolution
Doyles Guide, 2020-2021

Career & qualifications


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


  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Acted for international clients in disputes within Australia 
  • Represented Australian clients in international arbitration

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Matters of interest – fixed or floating?

A recent decision of the Supreme Court of Queensland has highlighted the need to be vigilant when calculating pre-judgment interest, particularly in respect of long running litigation.

Interesting outcomes from the WAGN tribunal decision

The Australian Competition Tribunal recently published its decision in respect of WA Gas Networks Pty Ltd's (ATCO) review of the ERA's revised access arrangement for the mid-west and south-west gas

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

In circumstances where the number of retrospective applications made by liquidators under section 477(2B) of the Corporations Act for Court approval to enter into agreements of more than 3 months...