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Christopher
McDermott

Christopher has a broad general civil law practice, with particular expertise in:

  • Administrative law (judicial review and merits review)
  • Employment and industrial law, anti-discrimination law and human rights
  • Workplace investigations 
  • Privacy, freedom of information, confidentiality, public interest immunity, the law of privilege, and general civil procedure (such as dealing with subpoena and discovery)
  • Disciplinary proceedings (professional, university, sports) 
  • Royal Commissions, public inquiries and coronial inquests
  • Intentional torts (malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, assault/battery)
  • Class actions
  • Directors’ duties, and the law of associations (particularly for Not-for-Profit charitable organisations)

Christopher regularly advises, and appears for, Federal and State Government departments and agencies, the private sector, Universities and non-government organisations. 

    Prior to coming to the Bar, Christopher was a Senior Lawyer at the Australian Government Solicitor (AGS), representing a diverse array of Commonwealth departments and agencies in superior courts and tribunals. Prior to joining the AGS, Christopher was Senior Associate to the Hon John Faulks, Deputy Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia. 

    Christopher is the Co-Chair of the Victorian Bar’s LGTBIQ Working Group, and is a member of the Australian Bar Association's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.

    Christopher is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has extensive experience as a Board Director in the Not-for-Profit sector, including as a director with:

    • Pride Community Legal Centre Ltd (Deputy Chair since 2021)
    • Relationship Matters Counselling and Mediation (since 2021)
    • Mental Health Victoria Ltd (2019 to present; Deputy Chair since 2021)
    • Advocacy & Rights Centre Ltd (Loddon Campaspe and Goulburn Valley Community Legal Centres and Housing Justice) (2019 to 2021)
    • Vice President of the Victorian AIDS Council / Gay Men’s Health Centre (trading as Thorne Harbour Health) (2013 to 2019)

    Christopher read with Catherine Symons (now Judge Symons of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia).  His senior mentor is Jenny Firkin QC.

    From 5 May 2017, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.

    Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation. The information referred to above has been supplied by the barrister concerned. Neither Victorian Bar Inc nor the barrister's clerk have independently verified the accuracy or completeness of the information and neither accepts any responsibility in that regard.

    Contact

    PH +61 3 +61 3 9225 7489
    Email [email protected]

    Chambers: Room 1602
    Aickin Chambers
    200 Queen Street
    Melbourne 3000

    Practice Areas

    Appellate
    Merit Appeals
    Civil Appeals
    Commercial Law
    Sports
    Civil Procedure Law
    Property & Probate
    Class Actions
    Common Law
    Class Actions
    Intentional Torts
    Judicial Review
    Negligence
    Criminal Law
    Environmental Law & Planning Law
    Animal Welfare
    Civil Enforcement
    Planning Offences
    Equity & Trusts
    Wills & Probate
    Government
    Local Government
    Health & Medical
    Aged Care
    Mental Health
    Prosecutions
    Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law
    Industrial Tribunals
    Industrial Disputes
    Employment Contracts
    Discrimination
    Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
    Unfair Dismissal
    Statutory Employment Rights
    Restraint of Trade
    Public Sector Appeals
    Industry Regulations
    Gaming Industry
    Inquests, Inquiries, Tribunals & Commissions
    Disciplinary Tribunals
    Fair Work Commission
    Military Tribunals
    Royal Commissions
    Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal (VOCAT)
    Coronial Inquests
    Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)
    Negligence
    Medical Negligence
    Professional Negligence
    Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S)
    WorkSafe / Comcare
    Property & Probate
    Wills & Estates
    Public Law & Administrative Law
    Compliance & Investigations
    Customs
    Disciplinary Proceedings
    Discrimination & Equal Opportunity
    Extradition
    Freedom of Information (FOI)
    Health & Medical
    Human Rights Law
    Immigration
    Industry Regulations
    Information Privacy
    Judicial Review
    Liquor Licensing
    Merits Review
    Migration Law
    Veterans' Entitlements
    Sports
    Racing Appeals
    Liability of Medical Practitioners
    Disciplinary Tribunals
    Doping / Drugs in Sport
    The Court of Arbitration for Sport

    ADMISSIONS

    Admitted to the Legal Profession:
    04 Dec 2008
    Signed Victorian Bar Roll:
    04 May 2017

    Qualifications

    LLB (Hons), GDLP (Merit) (ANU); LLM (Melbourne); GAICD

    Also Entitled to Practise in

    All Australian States and Jurisdictions
    Federal Courts

    Committee Memberships

    Indigenous Justice Committee
    Industrial Bar Association