Christopher Shanahan SC

ChambersMurray Chambers
Street AddressLevel 1, 57 Murray Street, Perth Western Australia 6000
Postal AddressLevel 1, 57 Murray Street, Perth Western Australia 6000
DX Address
Telephone(08) 6244 5120
Mobile0434 184 774
Year Admitted to Practice 1984
Year Elected to WABA1984 and 1993
Year Appointed QC/SC2004
QualificationsBJuris (UWA), LLB (UWA), LLM (Hons) (Syd)

Chris has a broad practice focusing on commercial, administrative and civil matters with an emphasis on appeals.  In recent years his practice has concentrated on statutory construction and interpretation, commercial and mining agreements and the exercise of statutory power.  Chris has significant experience in planning, local government, native title and other areas of regulation; he appeared in the litigation regarding local government amalgamation in 2015.  In March 2017 Chris led the establishment of Murray Chambers a boutique set of barristers offering a broad range of litigation services.


Chris was appointed silk on 1 December 2004.  He has previously served as A/g Commissioner of the Corruption and Crime Commissioner of Western Australia and as A/g Information Commissioner.  Chris was Vice-President of the WA Bar Association between 2005-2007, and has been a member of the ABA’s Advocacy Training Council since 2007.  He remains involved in advocacy training both in Australia and overseas.  Chris taught in the South-Eastern Circuit’s Advanced Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford in 2005 and 2010.  In 2012 Chris coordinated the ABA's first appellate advocacy course.


Inquiries should be directed to Ms Faith Choularton on 6244 5120.  Chris’s CV is available on request.  Chris also has Chambers in Adelaide where he is an Associate Member of Bar Chambers, and South Australian inquiries may be directed there.



  • Administrative & Constitutional
  • Commercial Law
  • Disciplinary Tribunals
  • Environment
  • Equity
  • Mining Law
  • Native Title
  • Planning and Development
  • Wills & Estates

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