Chris, who was the editor of the Tasmanian Reports for several years, has a breadth of experience in all areas of the law and over 18 years has appeared as counsel at trial and on appeal in the Supreme Court of Tasmania, the Supreme Court of Victoria, the Federal Court of Australia and the High Court of Australia.

In additional to general commercial law matters, Chris practises widely in administrative tribunals, particularly relating to professional discipline. He also has extensive experience in complex environment law matters, and has a strong interest in international humanitarian law and is a former Tasmanian chairperson of the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee.

Chris is an Army Reserve legal officer and a qualified mediator.

Chris was the President of the Tasmanian Bar from 2016 to 2019, and was a member of the Bar Council for over 10 years.

He is also the Deputy Chief Chairperson and a member of the Forest Practices Tribunal established under the Forest Practices Act 1985 (Tas); a former member of of the Tasmanian Attorney-General�s Sentencing Advisory Council; a member of the Council of the Tasmanian Bar; and a member of the Law Society of Tasmania�s Litigation Committee and the Mediation & Arbitration Committee.

Chris was appointed senior counsel on 20th June 2016.

Derwent & Tamar Chambers
128 Macquarie Street
Hobart, Tasmania 7000

GPO Box 327
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

DX 214, HOBART

Telephone: 03 6220 6000
Mobile: 0418 559 976
Facsimile: 03 6220 6061

Clerk: Gordon & Jackson www.gordonandjackson.com.au

Email: chris.gunson@me.com
TIB email: chris.gunson@tasbar.com.au

Admitted to Practice: 4 September 1998
Signed Bar Roll: 27 August 2005
Appointed Silk: 20 June 2016

Field of Practice

  • Inquests/Inquiries
  • Public/Administrative