Chris Main

criminal lawyer brisbaneChris Main
Associate (LLB, GDLP)

email: chris@irishbentley.com.au

I am a persuasive advocate and effective legal strategist focused on criminal, litigation and administrative law. I have a particular interest the Registered Training Organisation (“RTO”) industry and issues relating to justice.

I have a particular passion for protecting basic human rights and freedoms that all Australians should expect. This has led to my appointment to the board of the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties (“QCCL”) as an executive member.

I am currently focusing on administrative law matters – this concerns how governments should behave when making decisions and touches upon all government interventions. This area has become increasingly relevant to RTO’s and licencing as these areas are facing criticism and an unprecedented volume of regulatory intervention.

I have extensive experience in highly litigious matters commenced in the Criminal and Civil jurisdictions. I take pride in my firm’s role in attacking the controversial VLAD Laws and I have successfully defended all claims which we believe have no merit – such as the prosecution of 3 men who took part in a bike ride in January 2015 (will likely resolve in the High Court), the prosecution of a man for investigating a break-in at a club-house (all charges defended and unveiled unconscionable behaviour resulting in cost orders being made against the Queensland Police Service (“QPS”)), through to attacking Government attempts to stop respected tattooists from working purely because of the friendships made and clubs joined decades ago.

I hold university accredited specialisations in Corporate and Commercial, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law, and I have advocated and appeared in all State Courts and Tribunals including the Magistrates, District and Supreme Courts of Queensland.

I was a contributor to and was noted in the controversial Wilson Report into the VLAD law reforms.

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