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Chris Frawley

principal lawyer, litigation and dispute resolution

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about Chris

sydney office +61 2 8298 9571
legal secretary: angie phan +61 2 8298 9570

about Chris

Building great relationships with clients is one of the most important aspects of being a lawyer for Chris Frawley. Being straight forward, responsive, practical and trustworthy are the keys to developing that relationship.

Starting his career in personal injuries litigation and banking litigation, then moving on to the variety of commercial litigation and insolvency has given Chris extensive experience in a wide range of litigation.

Chris and his team work for mainly small to medium enterprises across many different industries. The matters are usually of a commercial nature, not driven by insurance.

“Achieving great results for my clients is everything. If I get them great results then I am doing my job.”

Not all litigation can be settled and when this happens, Chris has an excellent record of taking matters to hearing, ensuring his clients and the case are thoroughly prepared, and the client’s interests best represented and protected.

Areas of Expertise




  • urgent interlocutory relief

    Chris Frawley’s client, a steel manufacturer in Thailand, had entered into a contract with a local business for the supply of steel. That contract was supported by a Standby Letter of Credit, providing security to the local entity. Following provision of the Standby Letter of Credit, our client became aware that, wrongly, the local business intended to call upon the Standby Letter of Credit. As a result, Chris commenced urgent Supreme Court proceedings and obtained an injunction preventing the local business from accessing the letter of credit. Also, subsequently obtained judgment for a monetary amount and freezing orders against the various defendants. By taking swift action to prevent the client being prejudiced, Chris was able to achieve a very positive outcome for the client in a reasonably short space of time.

  • dispute over restraint provisions and deferred consideration in sale of business

    In acting for a vendor of a sale of business, Chris Frawley initially defended a claim in the Supreme Court for alleged breach of various restraint provisions. By cross claim on behalf of the clients, the clients claimed payments for deferred consideration under the sale of business agreement. In adopting a strategy of vigorously defending the claim and bringing a cross-claim, Chris was able to negotiate a settlement of the proceedings on terms advantageous to our clients, including a significant payment to the client.

  • internationally successful Australian chef

    Chris Frawley acted for a well-known chef in a copyright dispute with his former publisher. The client commenced Federal Court proceedings over the issue of the publisher’s entitlement to make compilation works of previous titles published by the author and alleging misleading and deceptive conduct. The proceedings were subsequently settled in favour of our client, with the publisher admitting it had engaged in misleading and deceptive conduct and agreeing to pay the client compensation for breach of copyright.

  • defective LED lighting system

    Chris Frawley’s client, an electrical services contractor, was involved in a dispute with various lighting suppliers over the supply and installation of an LED lighting system in a commercial premises in Sydney’s CBD. After the client was initially unable to resolve the matter, Chris commenced proceedings in the Supreme Court, obtaining compelling expert evidence in support of the client’s claim that the lighting system was defective. The matter settled at mediation on the basis of a significant payment of compensation to the client, thereby vindicating their position in pursuing the matter.

  • enforcing contracts for sale of land

    Chris Frawley acted for a number of clients who had purchased residential units from a developer which subsequently went into administration and then liquidation. The liquidator proposed to ignore the binding contracts for sale and to resell the properties to new buyers. Our clients had already paid most the purchase price of the units and released the deposits to the developer. Chris maintained proceedings against the liquidator to preserve the original sale and ensure our clients acquired the properties and were given credit for the money they had already paid to the developer. In complex Supreme Court proceedings involving claims of competing interests in the land, Chris obtained judgment in favour of our clients, ordering the sale to be specifically performed, and obtained costs orders against the liquidators. One of the matters was appealed to the Court of Appeal where, again, Chris obtained a successful outcome for our client, together with a cost order against the unsuccessful party.