Chris Hanson

  • Barrister - victorian bar
  • Aickin Chambers, Room 3303, 200 Queen Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • BAR ROLL: 1999 | ADMITTED: 1992
  • +61 3 9225 8096 | 0417 259 123
Chris Hanson Barrister

Chris is a civil barrister of wide experience, with a particular expertise in insurance matters.  He has a pragmatic business-like approach, and holds a Masters’ Degree in Business Administration.  He commenced legal practice in 1991 with Minter Ellison, and before being called to the Bar in 1999 was General Counsel and Company Secretary with a part of the AXA Group. He regularly practices as a mediator, having been accredited in 2000.

Chris’ practice encompasses:

Life Insurance: disability, income protection, death, group policies for superannuation and employment, etc;

General Insurance: broadform business, professional indemnity, directors and officers, fire and perils, etc;

Commercial: contractual and other disputes, banking and finance, guarantees, etc;


Negligence and other torts;

Trust: constructive, resulting, express;

Consumer Law / Trade Practices;

Corporations: oppression, just and equitable winding up, director’s duties;

Property: including tenancy;


Administrative Law: judicial review.

As is common in Victoria, most cases in which Chris is involved are resolved by negotiation prior to trial or judgment.  Cases which ran to judgment include:

Shuetrim v FSS Trustee Corporation and Ors [2015] NSWSC 464:  life insurance

Guirgis v Westpac Life Insurance Services Ltd [2014] VCC 2039:  life insurance

VWA v Yarra City Council and Ors [2014] VCC 1841: s138 recovery, third party proceeding, contract, TPA

Buzadzic v Callidan Insurance Limited [2014] 1253:  insurance, fraudulent claim

Marnica v Carter [2014] VSC 274: negligence, fitness for purpose

Smith v Jovansoka [2013] VSC 675:  occupiers’ liability, negligence;

Fitzroy Dental Pty Ltd v Metropole Management Pty Ltd [2013] VSC 344:  landlord and tenant, retail leases;

Summers v The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd [2013] TASFC 5:  appeal to Full Court regarding life insurance, income protection;

Biddle v Allan [2012] VSC 538:  leave to appeal from VCAT regarding alleged failure to accord procedural fairness;

Summers v The National Mutual Life Association of Australasia Ltd [2011] TASSC 69:  life insurance, income protection;

Semenov v Pirvu [2011] VSC 605:  appeal from the Magistrates’ Court regarding damages for conversion;

CECA Institute Pty Ltd v Australian Council for Private Education and Training (2010) 245 FLR 86:  judicial review regarding application for membership;

Velardo v Andonov (2010) 24 VR 240:  appeal from VCAT to the Court of Appeal regarding offer of settlement;

Henderson-Smart v Quality Blow Moulders Pty Ltd (2010) 25 VR 724:  appeal to Court of Appeal regarding guarantee;

Russell v GWM Adviser Services Ltd;  County Court [2010] VCC 1619:  negligent advice/financial planning;

Bacchus Gift Pty Ltd v Martrak Pty Ltd  [2010] VCC 0541:  sale and purchase of hotel business with alleged misstatement of sales;

Russell v GWM Adviser Services Ltd Court of Appeal VSCA 3814 of 2009: appeal to Court of Appeal of interlocutory decision regarding extension of time to serve writ.

To get in touch with Chris Hanson | or for more information please contact the Clerk on: +61 3 9225 7222 or

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