Christopher Mitchell

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Christopher is a leading junior barrister with expertise in commercial cases, class actions, regulatory proceedings, professional disciplinary proceedings, inquiries, inquests, and crime.

In commercial cases, Christopher has appeared in complex, high value disputes including for journalists Chris Masters and Nick McKenzie and Fairfax Media in defamation proceedings brought by Ben Roberts-Smith VC MG; for Hancock Prospecting Pty Ltd in proceedings against Wright Prospecting Pty Ltd and various members of the Rinehart family; for Volkswagen AG in proceedings arising from the “Dieselgate” scandal; for Greensill Bank AG in relation to the collapse of Greensill Capital; and for the receivers of Melissa Caddick.

Christopher’s practice in inquiries, inquests and crime is equally wide ranging. He frequently appears unled for the accused in jury trials in serious indictable criminal matters as well as at the appellate level. He appeared as junior counsel assisting the State Coroner in the inquest into the death of John, Jack and Jennifer Edwards. He also recently appeared as junior counsel for the Australian Federal Police, the AFP Commissioner and various senior AFP officers in the ACT Government inquiry into the trial of R v Bruce Lehrmann.

Prior to coming to the Bar, Christopher was a Senior Associate at Herbert Smith Freehills. Christopher also spent 5 years as a prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where he was a member of the prosecution team on two successful prosecutions for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide arising from the 1995 Srebrenica genocide (Prosecutor v Radovan Karadzic and Prosecutor v Vujadin Popovic et al).