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Christien Corns

Christien Corns has extensive experience acting in complex commercial litigation, with a particular focus on insurance, professional indemnity, major torts, sports, defamation and related media issues. He provides clear and practical advice, regularly represents clients in all forms of advocacy and settlement negotiations, and has a proven track record of resolving disputes efficiently.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in Australia™ for Litigation (2021-present)
  • Recognised in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for Dispute Resolution (2022-present)
  • "Christien Corns is a first-rate lawyer. He ticks all the boxes: excellent legal skills, is very good with clients and understanding their needs, and understands the broader commercial and strategic objectives at play. He is very cool under pressure and is the person you want on your team in a contested matter." (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023)
  • "Christien Corns has a very balanced approach and has always guided us through a challenging issue with an effective outcome delivered." (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023)
  • "I feel, frankly, blessed that Christien Corns has crossed my path." (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2023)
  • "They make us feel like we are the only clients they act for. We truly mean that. They are caring and attentive. They engage various levels of legal resources as necessary so that we are provided value for money and efficiency. They have acted pro bono on an array of matters as well – and always promptly and led by senior specialists as required. The stand-out partner is Christien Corns. He embodies all of the above and clearly instils it into the wider teams." (The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2022)
  • Australia & New Zealand Sports Law Associate member
  • Media and Communications Committee of the Australian Law Council member
  • Australian Insurance Law Association member
  • Melbourne Press Club member
  • Law Institute of Victoria
  • "Defamation Reforms – Stage 1," presented to selected insurance claims solicitors, August 2021 and February 2022 
  • "Legal professional privilege – overview and update," presented to selected in-house counsel, 25 February 2020
  • “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 Thought Leadership Pages

In addition to the publications mentioned below, Christien regularly reviews contentious articles to be published in the Law Institute Journal, the peak journal of the Law Institute of Victoria.

  • "New Traps in Defamation Reforms", Law Institute Journal, November 2021
  • "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
Additional News & Event Pages
  • Quoted, "Big Four's Legal Privilege and Lawyer-Client Relationship Protections are Tested in Australia," Legal Week, 8 April 2022 
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