Chris joined the firm in 2000 as a solicitor and became a Partner in 2005. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Monash University), Bachelor of Economics (Monash University) and a Masters of Laws (Comparative Law).
Chris’ areas of expertise are in WorkCover, insurance litigation, common law personal injuries claims and statutory disputes pursuant to the Accident Compensation Act and occupational health and safety.
Chris has extensive experience from his time working in a plaintiff practice, specialising in all aspects of personal injury law, and performing appearance work in all major jurisdictions.
Through his nearly 14 years as a defendant solicitor, Chris has experienced a wide variety of litigation and advice work on behalf of the Victorian WorkCover Authority and a number of leading employers and self insurers. Chris has been involved in complex litigation in all Victorian jurisdictions including the Court of Appeal where he has achieved success in a number of important cases. In more recent times Chris has provided specialised pre-litigated advice in relation to sensitive psychological injury claims and occupational related cancer claims.
Within the Workplace and Insurance Services team Chris plays a leading role in the development and implementation of key strategy initiatives to improve the quality of outcomes and services provided to the team’s clients. Over many years, Chris has managed with great success the Ballarat and now Warrnambool Supreme, County and Magistrates Court circuits on behalf of the Victorian Workcover Authority.
Chris has a tremendous passion for his work and enjoys a strong relationship with his clients, members of the Victorian Bar, the Judiciary and other stakeholders.
Chris has been recognised in Doyle’s Guide (2015) as a “pre-eminent” lawyer, and again as a “preeminent” lawyer in the area of Workers Compensation (Defendant) (2017), and in Doyle’s Guide (2016) as a “leading lawyer” in the Victorian market for WorkSafe & Workers Compensation, and has been recognised by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Australia in the area of Insurance law (2018).
Since its inception in 2012 Chris was a member of the Herbert Geer Board of Partners and greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved in the progression of the merger with Thomsons Lawyers.