As a founding partner of Cooper Grace Ward, Chris has a friendly and approachable leadership style which epitomises the firm’s reputation for outstanding client service and internal culture.

Chris was a founding partner of the firm in 1980 and has been a litigator for nearly all his 44 years of practice, focusing on the areas of insurance law, commercial litigation and family law.

Chris was managing partner of Cooper Grace Ward from 2005 to 2021. He defines the essence of our culture, with a clear focus on values, team engagement and corporate citizenship. In addition, Chris continues to play a pivotal role in providing strategic advice to some of Cooper Grace Ward’s largest clients.

In 2018, Chris was elected as the president of Advoc Asia and the chair of Advoc Global. Advoc brings together 93 law firms and benefits members and clients throughout the world. Chris will continue his role as the president of Advoc Asia and the global chair of Advoc into the future.

Chris has a demonstrated track record of building and maintaining client relationships and is committed to ensuring a high standard of client service.


  • Solicitor – Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Most Influential Lawyer 2021 – Australasian Lawyer Awards

Over 43 years has litigated substantial matters in the:

  • High Court of Australia
  • Federal Court of Australia
  • Supreme Court of Australia
  • Family Court of Australia