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Chris Blanden QC

QUALIFICATIONS  LL.B, B.Com
ADMITTED  1982    BAR  1984
YEAR APPOINTED SILK  2005
CHAMBERS  ODW 911

PHONE  9225 8116
MOBILE  0411 255 841
EMAIL  cblanden@vicbar.com.au

Chris  Blanden, LL.B, B.Com

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Common Law
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Media
  • Medical Negligence
  • Personal Injuries
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Negligence
  • Sports Law
  • Trade Practices
  • Transport Accident Act

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Experience

Chris appears at trial in civil juries and causes, on appeal, in class actions and before Royal Commissions and Inquiries. His primary area of interest is common law.

He also appears before both professional disciplinary and sporting tribunals and has a particular interest in motor racing related matters.

He is the current President of the Bar Council.

Some Recent Appearances

Class Actions

2017 Kamasee & ors v Cth of Australia & ors (Supreme Court)

Manus Island class action. Senior Counsel for the Commonwealth leading a team of 6 junior counsel

2016 Kilmore Bushfires Class action. Senior Assessor

2016 Murrindindi-Marysville Bushfires class action. Senior Assessor

Court of Appeal

Nillumbik Shire Council v YMCA [2016] VSCA 192

Calderbank offers – costs

YMCA v Nillumbick Shire Council [2014] VSCA 197

Public liability, Insurance

Hodder v Hamilton & anor [2014] VSCA 279

Occupiers Liability, Evidence

Trials

Anthony Parcel Services Pty Ltd ats Acciarito [2021] VSC 78

Transport accident, Duty of Care, Independent contractor

TAC ats Jefic [2020] VCC

First Jury e-trial in the County Court

Matthews v Amaca & Seltsam Dec 2019 J. Dixon J.

Dust diseases – asbestos

State of Victoria ats Ewins & Sukys Nov 2019 J. Dixon J.

Inflation Nightclub Shooting – injuries

GHD Pty Ltd & anor ats VWA [2019] VSC 607

Recovery – contribution

Greater Shepparton City Council ats Clarke [2016] VSC 542

Road Management Act, Duty, Public Liability

Floyd Industries Pty Ltd & anor ats Notman [2016] VSC 457

Public Liability, Duty of Care, Contribution

Addas Israel School ats Erlich [2015] VSC 499

Sexual Assault, Vicarious Liability

Other Appearances

Demeduik v Medical Board of Australia (2019)

VCAT Appeal

Eli Evans v CAMS (2018)

Disciplinary Tribunal determining the 2018 Australian Rally Champion

V8 Supercar Court of Appeal (2017)

Member of the Court determining protest from Bathurst 1000

Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry (2015)

Counsel for the Chief Medical Officer of Victoria