Chris is a litigator specialising in regulatory, corporate and commercial litigation, and administrative law proceedings.
Chris has extensive experience advising government regulators to conduct or companies and directors to respond to, regulatory investigations and proceedings, particularly in the banking and financial services sector where he has been involved in investigations and proceedings concerning the provision of consumer credit, the payment/receipt of conflicted remuneration, the setting of interest rates, sale of insurance and superannuation products by banks, the trading of futures contracts, and the charging of fees for no service.
He also has expertise in relation to consumer protection, unconscionable conduct, cartel conduct, licensing, director’s duties and continuous disclosure obligations.
Having managed numerous high profile disputes Chris has extensive experience assisting media teams and managing litigation to control media exposure.
Assisted the Australian Securities and Investments Commission with all aspects of its response to the Royal Commission, ensuring ASIC had an effective and influential voice.
Acting for ASIC in its proceeding against the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group concerning alleged breaches of the continuous disclosure obligations in relation to its 2015 $2.5 billion institutional share placement.
Acted in proceedings against the CBA and Colonial First State Investments Limited concerning the alleged payment of $22 million in conflicted remuneration in connection with CBA’s distribution of superannuation products to approximately 390,000 customers though CBA’s branch and online channels.
Acting for VicForests in its defence of numerous proceedings in the Victorian Supreme Court concerning the operation of Victoria’s forestry legislation, code of practise and standards.
Advised clients in relation to investigations into the insurance, superannuation, consumer goods, telecommunications and banking industries.