Christopher Shanahan SC

Christopher Shanahan SC

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Admitted

1990: High Court of Australia
1989: Supreme Court of NSW (solicitor)
1984: Supreme Court of Western Australia

Signed Bar Roll

1994

Appointed SC

2004

Academic Qualifications

1990: LL.M (Hons) University of Sydney
1982: LL.B University of WA
1981: B.Juris University of WA

Areas of Practice

  • Administrative & Constitutional Law
    • Administrative Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
    • Appellate Advocacy
  • Civil Litigation
    • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Native Title Law
    • Statutory Construction

Academic Awards

1992:     Australian Post-graduate Research Award (Commonwealth)
1989:     Lionel Murphy Scholar (National)
1987:     University of Western Australia Scholarship

Appointments

2014:     Reappointed Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission (P/t role)
2008:      Member of the Australian Bar Association Advocacy Training Council
2007:      Acting Freedom of Information Commissioner for WA
2007:     Reappointed Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission (P/t role)
2005:     Acting Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commission (P/t role)
2004:     Senior Counsel for Western Australia

WA Bar Association

2005:      Vice President WA Bar Association (until 2007)
1999:      Member of the Bar Council of the WA Bar Association (until 2007)

Advocacy Training

Extensive experience as an advocacy trainer in each of the Australian Bar Association’s courses, Essential Trial Advocacy, Advanced Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy.  Also participated as a member of faculty at the South Eastern Circuit’s International Advanced Advocacy Course – Keble College (Oxford, UK) in 2005 and 2010.

Principal Litigation

High Court Appeals

  • Smith v. Western Australia (2013) 250 CLR 473 (Juries)
  • Klein v. Minister for Education [2007] HCA 2; 232 ALR 306; (2007) 81 ALJR 582 (1 February 2007) (Workers Compensation - Statutory Construction)
  • Jones v. Bartlett [2000] HCA 56; 205 CLR 166; 176 ALR 137; 75 ALJR 1 (16 November 2000) (Junior Counsel) (Occupiers Liability)

 Special Leave Applications

  • Smith v. Western Australia  [2013] HCASL (24 September 2013) (Applicant/Juries) (Granted)
  • AW v. Rayney (2011) (Respondent/Suppression Orders) (Refused)
  • Klein v Minister for Education [2006] HCA Trans 576 (25 October 2006) (Applicant/Workers Compensation - Statutory Construction) (Granted)
  • WACD v MIMA [2003] HCA Trans 424 (23 October 2003) pro bono (Applicant/Immigration) (Refused)
  • Lloyd v. Tedesco (2003) 10 Leg. Rep. SL. 2 (9 May 2003) (Applicant/Constructive Trusts)  (Refused)
  • Aust. Dem. WA Div. Inc & Anor v. Aust. Dem. Vic Inc & Ors (2002) 19 Leg. Rep. SL. 1 (24 October 2002) (Respondent/Political Parties)(Refused)
  • Williams v. Dawson (2001) 20 Leg. Rep. SL. 5 (24 October 2001) (Applicant/Video Evidence) (Refused)
  • Jones v. Bartlett (1999) 19 Leg. Rep. SL. 2 (21 October 1999) (Applicant/Occupiers Liability) (Granted)
  • Turvey v. Kais (1994) 18 Leg. Rep. SL. 1 (25 October 1994) (Applicant/Promise to Marry) (Orders of Full Court Varied)

Recent Court of Appeal

  • Smith v. Western Australia inquiry into a juror’s note proceedings  remitted by the High Court (heard December 2015) (Reserved)
  • Van Heerden v. Hawkins CACR 137/2014 (heard November 2015) (Appellant/E-cigarettes Application of Prohibition) (Reserved)

Publications and Papers

Extensive list of publications available on application