Lionel Murphy Postgraduate Scholar


Year:              1989

Australian scholarship




Biographical Notes:

Chris has been living in Perth since 1993 and continues to practise as a barrister at Francis Burt Chambers in Perth. His practice covers a broach range of civil, criminal and commercial matters. Chris also teaches Ethics and Professional Responsibility in the Articles Training Program. Prior to going to the Bar, Chris was employed as a lecturer by Murdoch University. Whilst at Murdoch, he developed its inaugural Jurisprudence Course and taught Property and Evidence. During his employment at Murdoch, Chris worked on two projects to establish new community legal centres in the areas of clinical legal education and environmental law. He was Chairperson of the Southern Community Advocacy Legal and Education Service when it opened in April 1997 as the first site for clinical legal education in Western Australia. He served on the inaugural Management Committee of the Environmental Defender's Office in 1996 and 1997. Whilst teaching at Murdoch, Chris served on the Homeswest Independent Appeals Tribunal as Chairperson and continues to have an interest in public housing issues. Before relocating to Perth in 1993, Chris worked at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre in Sydney (1992) and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (1991). To his credit is an extensive list of publications on various matters, including aboriginal rights, toxic chemicals, clinical legal education, public housing and tortious injury, and his LLM thesis is titled 'Property, Is it in the Public Interest?'


"Preferred Legal Outcomes for Contaminated Sites in Western Australia", paper on proposed amendments to the EnvIronmental Protection Act 1987 (WA), delivered 11 December 1999;

"Breaks In The Thread", Byrnes v The Queen [1999] HCA 38 October 1999 No.7 Newsletter of the Western Australian Criminal Law Association p.6;

"Green's Case - Provocation An Objective Analysis", August 1998. No.4 Newsletter of the Western Australian Criminal Law Association p.7;

"Strategic Solutions To Systemic Problems - Delivering Legal Services Through Legal Aid An Community Services", paper to the Legal Aid Commission WA Conference 1996;

"Legislative Responses To Mabo - Rendering The Law Unconscious", E - Law, Murdoch University, April 1995;

Aboriginal Rights To Land "sixties nostalgia another twist?", Murdoch News;

"Public Tenants Seeking Shelter From Arbitrary Decision-Making: A Legitimate Expectation To Natural Justice" (1993) 36 Admin Review 30;

"The Scales Of Justice Are Twisted And Crooked - Can Tort Redress The Balance" paper for the 1992 Fulbright Symposium UNSW, published in the collected papers of the symposium as Chapter 24 in Rowe, G.C. and Siedler, S. (eds) Contaminated Sites In Australia, Allen and Unwin 1993;

"Walking The Tightrope Together", (1992) 8 Update 1;

"Lawyers And Plaintiffs Trapped In A Toxic Maze" (1992) 30 NSW Law Society Journal 69;

"Property, A Positive Statement" (1987) 14 Brief 13;

Substantial Contribution:

"Toxic Maze", a 3 volume series on the regulation and administration of toxic chemicals in Australia, International Business Communications Sydney, 1992;

Unpublished Manuscript

LLM thesis: "Property, Is It In The Public Interest".