Christopher Withers

Called to Bar: 2006

Admitted as a legal practitioner: 1998

Christopher was called to the Bar in 2006, after spending six years working as a commercial litigator at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York and two years at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London. He has a BCL from Oxford University.

Christopher appears primarily unled and practices in a range of commercial law proceedings including trials and appeals. He has a particular focus on financial services litigation, trust litigation, insolvency and corporations matters, contract disputes, civil penalty and regulatory proceedings.

Christopher regularly acts for both plaintiffs and defendants, including in representative proceedings. He acted for a number of local council plaintiffs in their successful proceedings against Standard & Poor's alleged negligence and misleading and deceptive conduct in relation to Standard & Poor's AAA ratings. He is the lead counsel for Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock in the Rinehart family trust litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW and Federal Court of Australia. He regularly represents individual defendants in civil litigation relating to directors' duties and regulatory proceedings brought by ASIC. He has acted for a number of large corporations, including banks, mining and energy companies, and airlines.

Christopher is listing the Financial Review's Best Lawyers in Australia for General Litigation and Insolvency & Reorganisation and in Doyle's Guide as a Recommended Junior Counsel in Litigation and in Insolvency & Reconstruction.

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Core Practice Areas

  • Appellate
  • Criminal
  • Corporations and insolvency
  • Commissions of inquiry
  • Civil penalty proceedings
  • Competition and consumer law
  • Equity and commercial litigation
  • Financial services litigation
  • Representative proceedings


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Level 9, Two Chifley Square, Sydney NSW 2000

Tel: 9376 0676
Fax: 9101 9485


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