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Christien Corns

Fax +61.3.9205.2055
Mr. Corns has significant experience acting in insurance, professional indemnity and large estate litigation, as well as advising clients on defamation, contempt and related media issues. He provides advice to clients on general indemnity and professional negligence matters, as well as complex general commercial litigation. Mr. Corns regularly represents clients at mediations in various jurisdictions.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Media and Communications Committee of the Australian Law Council member
  • Australian Insurance Law Association member
  • Melbourne Press Club member
  • Law Institute of Victoria

Speaking Engagements

  • "Legal professional privilege – overview and update", presentated to selected in-house counsel, 22 February 2018
  • “Publishing Risks and Reputation Management,” presented to the Australian Human Resources Institute, February 2017
  • "Defamation and Social Media," presented to various clients and colleagues in Melbourne and Sydney, August 2011 and 2015
  • "Estate Litigation – An update," presented to University3A, July 2012
  • "Insurance considerations for your not-for-profit group," presented to the Public Interest Law Clearing House, October 2010

Additional Information

In addition to the publications mentioned below, Mr. Corns regularly reviews contentious articles to be published in the Law Institute Journal, the peak journal of the Law Institute of Victoria.
  • "Reputation in the Digital Era", Law Institute Journal, 2 May 2018
  • "New Zealand's Highest Court Makes Life Difficult for D&O Policyholders (and Their Insurers)", Insurance Coverage Alert, January 2014
  • "Blogging from the shadows: the dark side of social media", Dynamic Business, November 2012
  • "Facebook: A Liability?", Dynamic Business, February 2009
  • "Not quite working: the Working with Children Act", Law Institute Journal, February 2007
  • Advising in defamation and media related matters for individuals and entities including large Australian broadcasters and publishers, professional sports players associations, and large insurance companies.

Liability Claims and Insurance Coverage:
  • Acting for Crown Melbourne Limited (Crown Casino), Esso Australia Pty Ltd, and Westpac General Insurance, defending significant personal injury and public liability matters.
  • Acting for the Legal Practitioners' Liability Committee, the compulsory indemnity insurer for lawyers in Victoria, defending Victorian lawyers in professional negligence matters in all Victorian jurisdictions.
  • Acting for the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority in defamation and other claims brought against hospitals and other public entities.

Complex Litigation:
  • Acting for executors and plaintiff’s in multi-million dollar estate litigation, including the estate of the late motor sportsman, Peter Brock.
  • Acting for Plaintiffs and Defendants in general commercial litigation matters across all Victorian jurisdictions.
  • Defending public liability claims arising from workplace incidents.