Principal Legal Officer
Christopher joined the ALRC in November 2020. As a Principal Legal Officer, he leads research and writing for specific aspects of ALRC Inquiries.
At the ALRC, Christopher has worked on the following Inquiry:
Christopher was admitted as a solicitor in 2012 and commenced his career as an associate at the Supreme Court of Queensland. Christopher has worked in private practice in Australia and the United Kingdom, and prior to joining the ALRC worked in legal roles at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Christopher holds a Bachelor of Civil Law (Distinction) from the University of Oxford, Bachelors of Arts and Laws (First Class Honours) degrees from the University of Queensland, and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law.
Restructuring and reframing the legislative framework for financial services Why does the structure and framing of legislation matter? What are the problems with the current structure of Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act? How can financial services legislation be made easier to navigate and understand? On Monday 10 July 2023, the ALRC hosted a webinar …Read more
Restructuring and reframing the legislative framework for financial services Monday 10 July 2023 at 1.00pm AEST Register now Everyday objects are easier to use if they are well designed. The same is true of the law. Join the ALRC to examine Interim Report C and what it means for you. Hear about the ALRC’s proposals for …Read more
Unpacking and repacking Chapter 7: Improving the structure and framing of financial services legislation
Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) is like an old cupboard: it is crammed full and poorly organised, with insufficient time set aside for the occasional spring clean. While the first few boxes fit in this cupboard, over time the containers have become mislabeled and inconsistently sorted.Read more
On Wednesday 16 November 2022, the ALRC hosted a webinar to examine Interim Report B and its proposed legislative model. Hear about the research and novel data analysis underpinning the ALRC’s most recent report into simplifying the legislative framework for corporations and financial services legislation.Read more
The ALRC launches Interim Report B as part of its Review of the Legislative Framework for Corporations and Financial Services Regulation. The report focuses on the role of legislative design and hierarchy in ensuring that the law is coherent and navigable, while remaining flexible enough to meet future needs.Read more
On Thursday 10 February 2022, the Australian Law Reform Commission hosted a webinar to delve deeper into key proposals and questions from Interim Report A of the ALRC’s ongoing Financial Services Legislation Inquiry. The webinar offered perspectives on three key questions: Why should we seek to reduce the complexity of corporations and financial services legislation? …Read more
Proctor Article by Dr William Isdale and Christopher AshRead more
This article discusses two of the key themes arising so far from the ALRC’s review into corporations and financial services law – namely, undue complexity, and poor navigability. It also provides a brief overview of some of the reforms suggested in Interim Report A, released on 30 November 2021.Read more
Australian Public Law Blog Article by William Isdale and Christopher AshRead more