Sydney Business Specialist

Admitted to Practice

  • Solicitor of The Senior Courts of England & Wales (2009)
  • Solicitor & Barrister of The Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor & Barrister of The High Court of Australia

Expertise

  • Major litigation & cross border / private international law
  • Corporate & commercial advisory
  • Intellectual property advisory and disputes
  • Shareholder disputes; directors duties
  • Employment law

Chris was originally admitted as a solicitor in England & Wales and worked in London for an award-winning and highly regarded firm established in 1881.  He specialized in commercial and corporate advisory services in addition to a broad range of commercial litigation disputes in the Royal Courts of Justice (High Court) as well as County Courts. He acted on behalf of various small, medium and large domestic and international corporations, as well as high net worth individuals, before being admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia.

In Australia, since 2013, Chris has worked for a large Australian corporate law firm where he specialized in intellectual property and general corporate law matters.  He has acted for large corporations, the Australian Stock Exchange top 200 companies, mid and small caps, as well as government enterprises and regulatory bodies.  In addition, for three years, he was retained as general counsel to the Migration International Group, a leading and pioneering migration agency and a group of companies (including a Finalist in the 2017 LexisNexis Legal Innovation Awards) operating in Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Europe.  As such, he has a deep understanding of the commercial needs of businesses from their legal advisor. In concert with the experienced and well-respected business minds of the Migration International Group, Heathfield Grosvenor was established to deliver efficient, cost-effective representation to its domestic and international clients so as to enable them to traverse the Australian legal landscape and establish business operations with overseas connections.

Chris now focuses on ensuring that Heathfield Grosvenor’s clients receive excellent client service and results.  He enjoys family & friends, music, boxing, squash, and golf in his spare time (in that order).

Selected Cases

  • Acted for mooring company in high court admiralty claim involving the arresting of vessel
  • High court conversion claim for successful recovery of valuable master paintings
  • Shareholder disputes; oppression claims; derivative actions resulting in successful settlements before trial
  • Racing appeals tribunal claims
  • Acted for Swiss media company in recovery of debts from overseas director due from insolvent company
  • Acted for national franchisor in the recovery of evidence from the liquidator of franchisee and recovery of sums from the director in the high court
  • Prosecuting claims for defective construction work and negotiating settlement with insurers
  • Various copyrighttrade mark, passing off, misleading/deceptive conduct claims for plaintiffs and defendants resulting in successful settlement before trial

Selected Advisory

  • Government privatization of wagering business
  • Suite of contractual documents for maritime museum
  • Purchase of fitness franchises
  • AML/CTF compliance program for national business
  • Establishment of loyalty program for national business
  • Advising statutory body on media rights consolidation

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Laws (Law & Music) Double Honours, Keele University, UK (2003)

Chris can be contacted at sydney@d-b-in.com