Biography

Crispian is a partner in Gilbert + Tobin’s Disputes + Investigations group.

He resolves significant and complex disputes and applies a commercial and strategic approach to doing so. Crispian has worked on some of Australia’s largest commercial disputes. He has also worked on a wide range of commercial litigation, arbitrations, mediations and contentious insolvency matters in Australia and around the world.

Crispian works across many sectors, including the banking and finance, media, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. He also advises on complex broadcasting services matters for numerous clients.

Crispian is recommended for dispute resolution by leading international legal directories including Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific. Sources characterise him as a lawyer of "great charm and determination," praising him as "extremely shrewd and able" as well as "very thorough, methodical and up to speed on things." Chambers Asia-Pacific 2018.

Crispian's experience includes: 

  • Advising on a class action against a global car manufacturer.
  • Acting for Vocation Limited (in liquidation) in relation to two securities class actions in the Federal Court of Australia. We were successful in having a third class action dismissed. 
  • Advising a publicly listed financial services licensee in connection with the Banking Royal Commission and possible criminal charges.
  • Acting for New Hope Corporation Limited and a number of its subsidiaries in legal proceedings commenced in the Supreme Court of New South Wales against Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd in connection with a contract claim for A$130 million.
  • Advising Anchorage, Midtown Acquisitions and Deutsche Bank in Supreme Court of NSW proceedings commenced against certain former directors and officers of the Arrium Group.  The proceedings relate to allegations of negligence and negligent misstatement.  
  • Obtaining Federal Court approval of a $12 million settlement of a class action against the Bank of Queensland. 
  • Securing a $280 million settlement - the largest settlement of a misleading and deceptive conduct claim in Australian corporate history - for the RiverCity companies in proceedings against AECOM Australia in the Federal Court of Australia in relation to Brisbane’s Clem 7 Tunnel.
  • Representing RiverCity Services in defending a securities class action in the Federal Court of Australia for over $250 million.
  • Securing a $121 million settlement for the BrisConnections companies in proceedings against Arup in the Federal Court of Australia, alleging misleading and deceptive conduct and negligent misstatement in relation to Brisbane’s AirportLink toll road.
  • Advising Reliance Rail, Australia’s largest public private partnership, on its successful restructure, on its successful defence of 12 arbitrations before ACICA and its successful resolution of Supreme Court proceedings against its financial guarantors.
  • Successfully representing Publishing & Broadcasting Limited and Nine Network in its defence of some of the largest and most complex trade practices litigation brought in Australia by Seven Network for over A$1 billion in damages.

Crispian is ranked for Alternative Dispute Resolution and Class Action Litigation.

Best Lawyers Australia 2020

Crispian is ranked as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Global 2019

Crispian ranked as a leading individual in Dispute Resolution.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

A client notes that he is "good at understanding the strategy of both sides, why people are doing what they are doing and how things might be playing out."

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

“His handling of insolvency-related disputes attracts special recognition and he is also an experienced class action practitioner.”

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019

Crispian was reccomended for Dispute resolution, Restructuring and insolvency, and Media and entertainment. The guide notes Crispian is ‘very diligent’ and ‘impressive in negotiations’.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018

Crispian was awarded Australian Disputes Star of the Year.

Asia Law Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2017