Called to Bar: 2006
Admitted as a legal practitioner: 1998
Christopher Withers was called to the bar in 2006, after spending six years working as a commercial litigator in New York and two years in London. He has a master of laws from Oxford University. His first significant trial as lead counsel was acting for the defendant in a murder trial before a jury in New York (the defendant was acquitted). He was junior counsel for the plaintiffs in litigation against Standard & Poor’s brought by local councils in New South Wales, the first ever case in which Standard & Poor’s was found liable for publishing a AAA rating lacking reasonable grounds. He is the lead counsel for the plaintiffs in the Rinehart family trust litigation in the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the Federal Court of Australia. He regularly appears in corporations and insolvency proceedings, trade practices and financial services litigation as well as civil penalty proceedings brought by ASIC.
Christopher is listed in the Financial Review's Best Lawyers Australia for General Litigation and Insolvency & Reorganisation and in Doyle's Guide as a Leading Junior Counsel (Litigation) and Recommended Junior Counsel (Insolvency & Reconstruction).
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Core Practice Areas
- 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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