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Chris Hood

Partner – Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Chris is a strategic and commercially focussed lawyer who enjoys working with clients across a diverse range of industries to identify and implement unique solutions to complex legal problems.

Known for his diligence and down to earth attitude, Chris is motivated by resolving what otherwise appear to be intractable commercial disputes for his clients.

Chris has acted on behalf of government bodies, listed entities, public and private companies, partnerships and individuals in various jurisdictions across Australia. He also regularly represents clients in inquiries and regulatory proceedings.

Chris has extensive experience advising clients in areas including agriculture, contract law, corporations law, consumer law, building and construction, mining, and property.

Prior to joining Hamilton Locke, Chris worked at HWL Ebsworth and Gadens.


Commercial litigation, regulatory investigations, corporate governance



  • Bachelor of Laws - The University of Western Australia
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice - College of Law
  • Admitted to practice in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and the High Court 



  • Acting for numerous listed entities in responding to and defending regulatory inquiries and prosecutions.
  • Acting for SSE listed Chinese miner in a claim for breaches of warranties provided under share sale agreement.
  • Advising one of the largest construction companies in Australia in a dispute with the principal in respect of the construction of a new paediatric teaching hospital in Western Australia
  • Acting for large nickel miner in respect of breach of contract claim.
  • Acting for an ASX 200 gold explorer in respect of a royalty dispute.
  • Acting for a large mining and logistics company in defending an urgent injunction application seeking to restrain the calling of bank guarantees.
  • Acting for a group of shareholders in claim against listed entity for oppressive conduct and other contraventions of the Corporations Act.
  • Acting for aquaculture company in proceedings against State government for breach of contract and misleading and deceptive conduct.
  • Acting for one of Australia’s largest restaurant franchises, in a property dispute involving a claim for adverse possession.
  • Acting for companies, directors, officers and employees in various regulatory investigations and inquiries.