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About Chris

Chris Murphy is a Senior Associate in the firm’s litigation & dispute resolution team in Sydney. He has experience in class action proceedings, regulatory investigations and white-collar crime, financial services disputes, insolvency and restructuring, and general commercial litigation.

Chris has acted for individuals, as well as private and publicly listed companies. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Chris worked at King & Wood Mallesons in Sydney and CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP in London. In those roles, Chris worked on high-profile class actions, financial services litigation and regulatory proceedings, and complex multi-jurisdictional fraud claims. Chris holds a Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours and the University Medal / Bachelor of Business with Distinction from the University of Technology, Sydney, and a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford.

Practice focus

Chris' practice focuses on the following areas:

  • commercial litigation and dispute resolution
  • financial services litigation
  • class actions
  • white collar crime and regulatory investigations, and
  • corporate insolvency and restructuring.


Chris has experience acting for clients in a range of matters, including for:

Class actions

  • An Australian bank in class action proceedings arising out of the collapse of a financial advice company
  • A retirement village operator in a class action brought on behalf of current and former residents, and
  • A law firm in class action proceedings arising out of the acquisition of a mining company

White collar crime

  • An individual charged with foreign bribery offences, and
  • A former executive charged with criminal cartel offences

Regulatory investigations

  • An individual in a section 19 examination by ASIC in relation to an insider trading investigation, and
  • An Australian bank in an ASIC regulatory investigation relating to alleged failures to comply with consumer credit protection legislation in respect of mortgage products

Commercial litigation

  • A former director of a mining company in relation to disputed loans to the company, and
  • A developer in NSW Court of Appeal proceedings relating to a complex commercial property transaction

Corporate insolvency and restructuring

  • The voluntary administrators of an ASX listed fashion retailer
  • The liquidators of Arrium in proceedings against former directors for insolvent trading, and
  • An international professional services firm in liquidator's examinations, regarding collapses of entities for which it was auditor

Financial services

  • An international investment bank in proceedings relating to a $50 million claim for alleged misleading financial advice provided prior to the GFC, ultimately resulting in a successful High Court of Australia appeal, and
  • A lender in proceedings brought by liquidators seeking an account of the proceeds of sale of mortgaged property


  • An oil and gas company in a claim arising out of the alleged fraudulent misappropriation of company assets.

Recognition & publications

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