Chris Edwards is an experienced barrister specialising in Criminal Law and appearing in a wide range of criminal and quasi-criminal cases. With a strong background in both trial and non-trial work, his expertise extends to providing legal advice and representing clients in quasi-criminal and regulatory matters. Chris’s professional journey includes working for reputable law firms, government agencies, and indigenous justice organisations, equipping him with a diverse skill set and extensive courtroom experience.
Chris accepts criminal trial briefs and appears in matters involving a broad spectrum of criminal offenses. He has successfully dealt with cases related to drug offenses, offenses against the person, and historical sex offenses.
Beyond trial advocacy, Chris has demonstrated his proficiency in handling complex sentencing matters, including those involving mandatory sentencing in both the Northern Territory and Victoria. He is well versed in navigating intricate legal frameworks surrounding sex offenses under Commonwealth and Victorian legislation, as well as homicide cases.
Chris’s legal acumen extends to providing expert advice to clients seeking guidance in criminal law matters. With his extensive experience and comprehensive understanding of criminal law, he offers valuable counsel on various legal issues and helps clients navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. Chris’s in-depth knowledge and analytical skills allows him to provide well-informed guidance tailored to the specific circumstances of each case.
Chris’ previous roles with Legal Aid Queensland, where he was a member of their Serious Crime team, and the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA), have provided him with valuable experience. During his time at NAAJA, Chris appeared regularly in contested hearings and bail applications, representing clients in courts across various locations, including Katherine, Darwin, and remote and regional courts in North-East Arnhem Land. He has also appeared in pleas and breaches in the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory.
In 2020, Chris was also involved with a team of barristers in providing pro bono advice in the Northern Territory in a land dispute which involved the interaction of issues including Native Title, Breach of Contract and Proprietary Estoppel.
Mentors & Academic Work:
Chris read with His Honour Judge Johns, and his senior mentor was David Hallowes SC.
Chris also works as a sessional academic in the Graduate School of Business and Law at RMIT. Chris has worked supervising students completing research projects, mentoring and completing projects relating to training in advocacy, the Evidence Act 2008 (Vic), the Bail Act 1977 (Vic), torts and criminal procedure. This has included teaching and working with the Hon. Paul Grant and Greg Barns SC.
With his extensive and diverse court experience and a deep understanding of Criminal Law, Chris is a formidable advocate for his clients. His commitment to upholding justice and his expertise in navigating complex legal landscapes make him a trusted choice for those in need of exceptional legal representation.
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