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Christopher Hicks

Senior Associate

Christopher advises clients about commercial disputes, corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters.

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Experience

Christopher is a senior disputes lawyer. He specialises in complex and sensitive corporate crime and contentious regulatory matters, with a focus on bribery and corruption and Corporations Act and ASIC Act proceedings. He advises clients about compliance, internal and external investigations, and prosecutions and enforcement proceedings. Christopher is an experienced investigator and advocate, and often appears as counsel in courts and tribunals. 

Christopher’s experience includes: 

  • Acting for Arc Infrastructure in arbitral proceedings against Co-operative Bulk Handling under the Railways (Access) Code.
  • Acting for a subsidiary of a multinational company in Singapore-seated arbitral proceedings relating to alleged bribery by an Indonesian company in the Philippines. 
  • Acting for an individual in enforcement proceedings and investigations in multiple jurisdictions relating to allegations of bribery of foreign public officials in Nigeria. 
  • Acting for an ASX-listed exploration company in defence of Federal Court proceedings in relation to alleged breaches of contract and fiduciary duties, misleading or deceptive conduct and unconscionable conduct.
  • Assisting public and private sector clients in relation to matters involving the Corruption and Crime Commission, including advising on reporting obligations, undertaking and responding to investigations, and appearing at compulsory examinations.

 

Background

Christopher joined the firm in 2011, and has practised in Herbert Smith Freehills’ Perth and Hong Kong offices. 
Christopher holds a Juris Doctor with First Class Honours from Murdoch University. He was awarded the Francis Burt Chambers Law Medal and the Ronald Wilson Prize in Law.

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