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Christopher Withers

Sydney, Australia Asia-Pacific Guide 2021 Ranked in 1 departments
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Christopher Withers is widely acknowledged to be a well-regarded barrister at the Sydney Bar, one source noting his involvement in "a lot of complex litigation" and possession of "experience that is unrivalled at his level." He is further recommended as a "specialist big class action advocate," and sources also note his familiarity with financial services, insolvency and regulatory matters.
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Christopher was as appointed Senior Counsel in 2020 after 14 years practise at the Bar in Sydney. Prior to that, he spent 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 practises in a range of commercial law proceedings including trials and appeals in the Supreme and Federal Courts. His practice includes 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 class actions. He acted for the plaintiffs in various successful actions brought against the ratings agencies Standard & Poor's and Fitch. He is the lead counsel for Bianca Rinehart and John Hancock in the Rinehart family trust litigation in the Supreme Court of NSW and the WA Supreme Court. 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.

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