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Christopher Wareham
Gorman Chambers

Room 0916, Level 9,
460 Lonsdale Street,
Melbourne, VIC 3000

Tel: (03) 9225 6431

Christopher accepts briefs to advise and appear in all criminal and quasi-criminal matters, and specialises in criminal appeals. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal (both led and unled) in appeals against conviction and sentence, and in interlocutory applications and appeals.

Since coming to the Bar in 2016, Christopher has appeared in proceedings in the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and appeared unled for two effected parties in the Royal Commission into the Management of Police Informants. In addition, Christopher is regularly briefed to appear in contested hearings, contested committals, plea hearings, bail applications, and the legal argument in contested pre-trial and pre-hearing applications.

Some of Christopher’s recent matters include:

  • Moore (a pseudonym) v The King. [2022] VSCA 233 (Application for leave to appeal against sentence)
  • Stafford v The King [2022] VSCA 229 (Appeal against sentence, for the Appellant)
  • MNX (a pseudonym) v TNV (a pseudonym) [2022] VSC 529 (Judicial Review proceeding, appearing for the Plaintiff and led by O P Holdenson KC)
  • Stowers v The King; Phillips v The King [2022] VSCA 203 (Appeal against sentence for the Appellant Phillips);
  • Salmon-Urbani v The Queen [2022] VSCA 170 (Appeal against conviction from a judge alone trial, led by T Kassimatis QC for the Appellant)
  • Farrugia v The Queen; Ali v The Queen; Monro v The Queen; Synan v The Queen [2022] VSCA 104 (Application for leave to appeal and appeal against sentence, for the Appellant Synan)
  • Bruce v The Queen [2022] VSCA 100 (Application for leave to appeal against sentence, for the Applicant)

Other examples of Christopher’s cases include:

  • Leonard (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2021] VSCA 172 (Interlocutory appeal relating to the admissibility of evidence and whether or not the evidence sought to be adduced was coincidence evidence);
  • Puckett (a pseudonym) v The Queen [2019] VSCA 103 (Interlocutory appeal relating to the admissibility of coincidence evidence);
  • R v Robertson [2019] VSC 145 (Appearing for the accused on a plea to a charge of murder, led by T Kassimatis QC)
  • Holzinger v The Queen [2017] HCATrans 160 (Application for Special Leave, led by T Kassimatis QC)
  • Smith v The Queen; The Queen v Afford (2017) 263 CLR 291 (Director’s Appeal against acquittal, appearing for the Respondent Afford led by T Kassimatis QC and A Burchell)

In addition to his regular criminal practice, Christopher also advises and appears in regulatory matters, including proceedings brought under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Liquor Control Reform Act, the Sex Work Act, the Building Act, and the Legal Profession Uniform Law.

Recently, Christopher has been providing pro bono advice and assistance to overseas local counsel in a number of death penalty appeals.

Christopher practices out of Gorman Chambers. He read with Theo Kassimatis (now KC) and his senior mentor is O P Holdenson KC. Before coming to the Bar, Christopher was Senior Associate to the Hon. Justice Priest in the Court of Appeal.