Christopher E. Taylor


07 4050 2424


07 4031 4429



TRINITY CHAMBERS BARRISTERS 7 Sheridan Street PO Box 6946 Cairns Qld 4870



1986 – Sir Manual Hornibrook Medallion – Australian Institute of Building (Qld)
2001 – Marylyn Mayo Medal – James Cook University

Christopher E. Taylor


Bachelor of Applied Science – Building
Bachelor of Laws – Honours
Graduate Diploma Legal Practice
Professional Certificate in Arbitration
Accredited Mediator – IAMA
Graded Arbitrator – IAMA
Registered Adjudicator – BCIPA
Licenced Open Builder – Qld
Legal Practitioner – Supreme Court A.C.T.
Barrister – Supreme Court Queensland
Barrister – High Court of Australia


Member – Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia
Member – Queensland Master Builders Assoc.

Area of Practice


For approximately 20 years prior to entering the legal profession, Chris worked within the construction industry both in Australia and South East Asia, employed at various times by some of the largest contractors in Australia. His work included the full array of services from estimating, contract administration, site management, project co-ordination, and development management.
During the late 1980’s Chris developed an expertise in addressing distressed projects suffering time delays, quality issues, and cost overruns. He was often called upon to review a project, re-organise its programme, site management team, administration, and budget, to essentially bring the project back on track.
As a result of this expertise, in 1990 Chris was asked to assist on projects in South-East Asia, which ultimately led to me being there for almost 8 years. Whilst based in Thailand with his own construction management company him and his team were involved in projects in Singapore, the Maldives, and Burma. He was also invited to consult on projects in the Middle East, Guam, and the Philippines. During this time I worked closely with design and construction consultants from various parts of the world as well as many firms in the international legal community.
With the onset of the Asian economic crisis the late 1990’s, Chris returned to Australia and decided on a change in profession and career and returned to University to obtain his law degree.
Chris I was admitted as a Solicitor in both the Supreme Court of Queensland and the ACT.
For many years after Chris worked with the national law practice of Gadens Lawyers in their Cairns office, and for a short time was a partner in that firm. However, in late 2006 Chris decided to concentrate his efforts as a sole practitioner and established his own practice. Ultimately that led to his call to the Queensland Bar in November 2011 where he now practice.
Naturally, with his background and experience in construction, his main area of practice is in building and construction law. However he am also called upon to advise on and appear in insolvency matters as well as general commercial disputes. His several years experience in the commercial world of business and first hand involvement of insolvency in the construction industry and its affect on projects and players assists him greatly.
Chris also has a particular focus on and passion for alternative dispute resolution, particularly arbitration, conciliation, and adjudication. He am an accredited mediator, arbitrator, and registered adjudicator, regularly called upon to advise on, and conduct, mediations and arbitrations in both construction and commercial disputes, as well as adjudications under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act and challenges under them.