Chris is a partner and head of Gilbert + Tobin's Energy + Resources group, and is a member of the firm’s Board of partners.

He is an energy and resources and public international law specialist.

He is a trusted advisor to private and government clients and has advised in over 55 countries. His clients include Papua New Guinea, Alinta, Beach Energy Limited, Harbour Energy, Qenos, Meridian, Total SA, KKR, Cooper Energy, Engie, Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (PNG’s national oil company) and Rio Tinto.

Chris holds a Master of Letters from the University of St Andrews (taken as a Chevening Scholar), a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of Sydney and Bachelors degrees in Law (Honours) and Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Griffith University.  He also studied at the University of Salamanca (as an Ambassadorial Scholar). 

Chris presents or lectures at, and has been asked to comment on these areas, at leading international universities and conferences, and by international print and broadcast media (including Bloomberg, Reuters, the AFR, the BBC World Service and Fairfax).

He is a member of the Legal Advisory Task Force to the Energy Charter Treaty.

Chris is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Queensland, and England and Wales.

Chris’s experience includes advising:

  • Harbour Energy Limited on its AUD 14.4 billion proposal to acquire Santos Limited.
  • Beach Energy Limited on its AUD 1.585 billion acquisition of Lattice Energy Limited (Origin’s conventional upstream oil and gas business) from Origin Energy Limited (together with multiple related gas offtake arrangements).
  • Yancoal Australia Independent Board Committee on its $3.2 billion capital raising as well as its $3.36 billion acquisition of Coal & Allied from Rio Tinto.
  • CVC, the Carlyle Group and Neptune Energy on the Australian aspects of Neptune’s USD 3.9 billion acquisition of Engie’s global petroleum exploration and production business.
  • Engie on its landmark gas-to-power arrangements with Origin Energy for the Pelican Point Power Station.
  • Rio Tinto in respect of its coal handling, transportation and processing arrangements in Queensland.
  • An Asia-Pacific government on maritime boundary delimitation and related joint petroleum development from a contested area.
  • Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (Papua New Guinea’s national oil company), on a range of transactions, and legislative and regulatory reform initiatives.
  • An Australian company in respect of a potential expropriation claim in North Africa.
  • Numerous multi-national companies and corporate officers in respect of the implications of international sanctions regimes, including those applying to North Korea, Iran, Syria and Libya.
  • GLNG Operations Pty Ltd (part of the Santos GLNG facility structure), on its upstream gas supply arrangements.
  • Origin Energy Limited and Sasol Limited on their joint farm-in to a number of permits in the Beetaloo Basin, Northern Territory from Falcon Oil & Gas.
  • GDF Suez in respect of its gas transportation and supply arrangements in Eastern Australia with Santos Limited and Epic.
  • Orica Limited in respect of its Gas Supply Agreements with Exxon Mobil, BHP Billiton and Strike Energy.
  • FRV on the development, and subsequent sale, of its Royalla Solar Project.
  • A leading UK ‘behind-the-meter’ rooftop solar project group on its entry into, and the development of its business in Australia.
  • NSW Treasury on the Network Electricity Reform Program involving the integration of the three NSW electricity distributors, Essential Energy, Endeavour Energy and Ausgrid.

Christopher was listed as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Natural Resources Law and Oil & Gas Law. 

Best Lawyers Australia 2021

Christopher is recognised in the Project Development category.


Christopher is recognised as a leading individual.


‘Chris Flynn is an outstanding lawyer who is very commercially minded and solutions focused. No obstacle seems too big for Chris to handle.’


Chris is listed as a recommended Lawyer.


Christopher is one of three lawyers listed as a Leading Individual and Global Elite Thought Leader in Who’s Who Legal 2020 in Energy in the Asia Pacific region.


“The outstanding Chris Flynn of Gilbert + Tobin is very responsive and highly knowledgeable in the field” and is distinguished among peers as a leading light in the energy sector.”