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Professional Appointments:

Litigation Assistance Fund Board Member

Professional Memberships:

South Australian Bar Association

Law Society of South Australia

Christian Munt has been a member of the independent bar since May 2013.

Prior to going to the bar, he occupied the role of In-house Counsel at Donaldson Walsh and also headed up that firm’s Commercial Disputes and Insolvency section for several years.  Christian is currently recognised in Doyle’s Guide as recommended Junior Counsel in the areas of Litigation & Dispute Resolution, Insolvency & Reconstruction and Construction Law. He has also been previously recognised in Doyle’s Guide as one of 20 ‘Rising Stars’ nationally, in the categories of Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Insolvency & Reconstruction. 

Admitted to Practice:  1997
Signed Bar Roll:  2013

Qualifications:  LLB (with Honours), BCom

Principal areas of practice:

  • Commercial

  • Consumer and competition

  • Property

  • Building and construction

  • Insolvency

  • Banking and finance

  • Franchise disputes

  • Estates

  • Insurance

  • Intellectual property

  • Family law property settlements

Selected matters

Counsel for a wine company in a debt claim, and in the defence of a counterclaim for alleged breach of a distribution agreement, in the Magistrates Court and in an appeal to the Supreme Court.  The client was successful on all issues and obtained an order for indemnity costs: Sante Wines Pty Ltd v Paxton Wines Pty Ltd [2018] SASC 104.

Counsel for a director in a Federal Court action against another director, ex-employees and a competing business established by the ex-employees, in which search and seizure orders were obtained against the respondents and a claim for breach of director’s/fiduciary duty, oppressive conduct and breach of confidence was settled at mediation on favourable terms.

Counsel for a former director of a financial planning company in a Federal Court claim for breach of trust and fiduciary duty and oppressive conduct.

Counsel in the successful defence at trial of a complex claim in the Magistrates Court for an alleged ineffective termination of a lease due to alleged misleading or deceptive and unconscionable conduct, estoppel and/or relief under the Retail and Commercial Leases Act.   Costs orders were obtained against directors of the plaintiff company as non-parties to the action, on a solicitor and client basis.

Counsel for a plaintiff in a quantum meruit building claim in the District Court, and in defence of a counterclaim for allegedly defective building work.

Counsel for a building work contractor in the successful defence at trial of a claim of defective building work in the Magistrates Court. The plaintiffs were found to have unreasonably demolished the works performed by the building contractor client and an order for solicitor and client costs was obtained in favour of the client.

Solicitor and counsel in the successful defence of a substantial misleading and deceptive conduct claim in the Federal Court: Rawley Pty Ltd v Bell (No 2) [2007] FCA 583.

Junior counsel for a franchisor in the largely successful defence of a representative action in the Federal Court for misleading or deceptive conduct and exclusive dealing: Pampered Paws Connection Pty Ltd v Pets Paradise Franchising (Qld) Pty Ltd (No 10) [2012] FCA 25;
Pampered Paws Connection Pty Ltd v Pets Paradise Franchising (Qld) Pty Ltd (No 11) [2013] FCA 241.

Junior counsel in a Supreme Court claim involving multiple causes of action in relation to a complex property joint venture arrangement.

Junior counsel in a Supreme Court appeal, acting for a shopping centre owner in a relation to a claim against a guarantor for unpaid rent and outgoings.

Solicitor and counsel for a leading national franchisor in a Federal Court claim regarding breaches of a Master Franchise Agreement, trademark breaches, passing off, misleading or deceptive conduct and breaches of fiduciary duty, which settled on favourable terms.

Solicitor and counsel for a former Member of Parliament in an encroachment dispute, in which the client was successful at trial (and in an appeal, before the Full Court of the Supreme Court, on the question of the costs of the trial: Ciccarello v Bunton [2011] SASCFC 34).

Counsel for executors and beneficiaries in various claims under the Inheritance (Family Provision) Act.

Counsel advising in relation to property, business, company and trust structures and issues in family law property settlement proceedings and in assisting with documenting complex property settlement consent orders.

Further Information

E: cmunt@ebchambers.com.au