Christopher Humby

Christopher Humby

I am a commercial barrister at Nexus Chambers, Adelaide. I have significant experience in relation to construction and engineering disputes as well as domestic and international commercial arbitration. I am instructed as counsel in Court proceedings, arbitrations, mediations, and expert determinations.

I am recognised by Doyle’s Guide as a leading construction law barrister (junior counsel) in South Australia (2023 and 2024) and nationally (2024). As a solicitor I was also noted by Legal 500 UK 2021 for International Arbitration and selected as a “Rising Star” by US legal publication Law360 for 2019 in the area of construction.

Prior to commencing at the Independent Bar I was an Of Counsel in the construction team at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP in London. I have worked in the commercial litigation and construction departments of top-tier law firms in Australia and the UK since undertaking articles in 2008.

I hold a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne specialising in construction law and dispute resolution. I have published on construction and arbitration issues in Australia, the UK and the Middle East. I am also a registered adjudicator under the Western Australian Building and Construction Industry (Security of Payment) Act 2021.


  • Master of Laws (LLM) (2012) (University of Melbourne)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) (2007) (University of Adelaide)
  • Bachelor of Justice & Society (2003) (Flinders University of South Australia)


  • Admitted to practice (2009)
  • Independent Bar (2022)

Professional memberships

  • South Australian Bar Association (SABA) (Bar Reader 2022)
  • SABA CPD Committee
  • Society of Construction Law Australia
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, SA State Committee Member

Areas of practice

  • Arbitration
  • Building & Construction
  • Commercial
  • Corporations
  • Contract
  • Insolvency
  • Professional negligence
  • Property