Christopher Beames Special Counsel

Meet Christopher

Chris is a commercial dispute resolution lawyer with over 10 years’ experience across a range of sectors including insolvency, financial products, energy, public utilities, defence, wine and workers compensation.

He assists clients with disputes and litigation in various forums including Court proceedings and appeals, expert determination processes, arbitrations and mediations, regulated price determinations and investigations conducted by regulators and insolvency practitioners.

Chris acts for corporations, company directors, insolvency practitioners (in their capacity as liquidators, voluntary administrators, deed administrators and receivers), regulated entities and regulators, and local government in various disputes and Court related matters.

He has experience in general commercial and contractual disputes, Corporations Act matters, approvals of schemes of arrangement, insolvency matters and recovery actions (acting for both liquidators and creditors), ASIC investigations and prosecutions, trade practices litigation, private price reviews and regulated utility price determinations, judicial review applications, and administrative reviews by tribunals and appeals.



Lehman Brothers liquidation

Acting for various clients (including local councils) in claims against Lehman Brothers Australia Limited (in liquidation) in relation to their investment in collateralised debt obligations (CDOs).

ABC Learning Centres

Acting for the former CEO of ABC Learning Centres in various examinations and proceedings following the administration and liquidation of ABC Learning Centres Ltd.

AusNet Services

Acting for AusNet Services (SP AusNet) in various appeals to the Australian Competition Tribunal and Federal Court in relation to the AER’s approval of its advanced metering infrastructure (smart meters) budget.

Gerard Lighting Group

Acting for Gerard Lighting Group in obtaining Federal Court approval for a scheme of arrangement for its acquisition by Lighting Investments Australia in 2012.

United Water International

Acting for United Water in two expert price determinations with SA Water in 2009-2012.

Career & qualifications


  • Bachelor of Science (Mathematical & Computer Sciences) (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Bachelor of Laws (Honours), University of Adelaide
  • Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, Law Society of SA


  • Law Society of South Australia

International experience

  • Chris has acted for international clients in disputes within Australia, as well as represented Australian clients in international arbitrations.

Insights Read more insight

Interesting outcomes from the WAGN tribunal decision

The Australian Competition Tribunal recently published its decision in respect of WA Gas Networks Pty Ltd's (ATCO) review of the ERA's revised access arrangement for the mid-west and south-west gas

Recovery of cost of proceedings denied as a result of belated s477(2B) applications

In circumstances where the number of retrospective applications made by liquidators under section 477(2B) of the Corporations Act for Court approval to enter into agreements of more than 3 months...