Christopher Flynn

Partner, Gilbert + Tobin

Christopher Flynn is a globally recognised and trusted strategic advisor to governments and business in energy, energy security and critical infrastructure. His experience extends to energy, data, defence, space, and telecommunications.

He has advised in these areas in over 65 countries and is one of only 3 lawyers in Asia Pacific to be recognised as a Global Elite Thought Leader in energy and infrastructure by Who’s Who Legal.

Chris is a senior partner at Gilbert + Tobin, Australia's leading independent firm.

Previously, Chris co-lead the ‘Energy and Power’ teams (APAC) and the global ‘Sovereign Energy’ team at global elite firm, White & Case. Pro bono Chris' work includes helping to secure the freedom of Australian journalist Peter Greste and supporting legal efforts against capital punishment overseas.

Chris represented Bernard Collaery, the former Attorney-General of the ACT and lawyer for Timor L'Este on his criminal charges under the Intelligence Services Act 2001. The case involved important issues on the application of Australia's national security laws and framework. This was Australia’s largest ever and most complex national security case.

He's a sought-after speaker, and has presented to Australian and foreign government departments and agencies. He has also guest lectured at prestigious universities globally.

He is a member of the Legal Advisory Task Force to the Energy Charter Treaty in Brussels.

He holds a Master of Letters (MEIR - International Relations) from the University of St Andrews as a Chevening Scholar, a Master of Laws (International Law) from the University of Sydney and Bachelors degrees in Law (with Honours) and Commerce from Griffith University. Chris was also an Ambassadorial Scholar to the Universidad de Salamanca. He speaks fluent Spanish.