Chris Kaias

QUALIFICATIONS  BA, J.D. (Melb), GradDip Analytics (RMIT)
ADMITTED  2016    BAR  2023
CHAMBERS  Castan Chambers Level 16

CLERK CONTACT  03 9225 7999
PHONE  9225 7254
MOBILE  0401 086 747

Chris Kaias, BA,  J.D. (Melb), GradDip Analytics (RMIT)


  • Administrative Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Law
  • Computers / IT
  • Constitutional
  • Contract
  • Coronial Inquests
  • Criminal Law
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Employment / Industrial
  • Energy and Infrastructure
  • Equal Opportunity / Discrimination
  • Equity / Equitable Relief / Trusts
  • Human Rights
  • Local Government
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Public Law
  • Regulatory Tribunals
  • Sports Law
  • Torts (Other Than PI)




Chris practises primarily in commercial, employment, and public law, and accepts briefs in sports law and regulatory/criminal matters.

He has particular expertise in matters involving the protection of personal and confidential information.

Commercial and property law

Chris’s commercial practice includes acting in technology and contractual disputes and matters involving breaches of fiduciary duties, directors’ duties, and the protection of confidential information.

His property law practice includes acting in real property disputes (including mortgagee sale matters and caveats) and leasing disputes.

He regularly appears in urgent applications, including applications for injunctions and freezing orders.

Employment and discrimination law

Chris acts in employment matters, including contractual restraint matters, general protections matters and unfair dismissals. He has acted in underpayment and long service leave matters, including those relating to portable long service leave schemes.

He acts in discrimination matters under state and federal discrimination and equal opportunity legislation.

Public law, regulatory, and criminal law

Chris acts in judicial and merits review matters, regularly appearing in the Review and Regulation list at VCAT.

He represents clients in professional disciplinary and privacy and freedom of information matters in State and Federal jurisdictions, including representing Government departments and agencies.

Chris accepts briefs in criminal matters, including regulatory prosecutions, and acts in coronial matters.

Sports law

Chris represents athletes at various sporting tribunals and has appeared at the AFL Appeals Board.


Before coming to the Bar, Chris represented clients in highly-regulated industries, including government, health, private health insurance, gambling, and energy.

Chris was Associate to the Hon Justice Hargrave while his Honour was Principal Judge of the Commercial Court at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and then a judge of the Court of Appeal.

Chris has a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne. He also has a Graduate Diploma in Data Analytics.

Chris read with Tom Smyth. His senior mentor is Ben Ihle KC.

Liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.