Christopher Symes

Professor Christopher Symes

Professor

Adelaide Law School

Faculty of the Professions

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


I am one of Australia's pre-eminent insolvency law researchers. My research has been predominantly Australian corporate and personal insolvency for over 25 years.

I practiced as a commercial lawyer and insolvency was a substantial part of my practise. My Master's dissertation was written on the topic of employees and corporate receivership. My PhD explored the history and justification of statutory priorities in corporate insolvency law.

I have supervised a number of higher degree students many of whom have researched in insolvency law. I look forward to supervising many more particularly as we advance insolvency law and practice in Australia.

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2016 Professor University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    Flinders University, Adelaide Australia PhD
    University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia LLM
    Flinders University, Adelaide Australia MEd
    South Australian Institute of Technolgy Australia Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
    Flinders University, Adelaide Australia Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Education

Semester 2 2019

COMMLAW2500 Commercial Law II

LAW7175 International Insolvency Law

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Principal Supervisor Revival of the Walking Dead - a Comparative and Functional Study of Corporate Rescue in Four Countries Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Preeti Nalavadi
    2019 Principal Supervisor An Analysis of the Use of the Australian Corporate Oppression Remedy in the Insolvency Context Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Nadia-Ruth Hess
    2019 Principal Supervisor Multinational Corporate Tax Avoidance and Australia's General Anti Avoidance Rule Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Max James Bruce
    2019 Principal Supervisor Financial intermediaries: Their role in the provision of financial services; associated issues and the need for regulatory reform Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Giuseppe Mottillo
    2018 Principal Supervisor A New Regulatory Framework for Insolvency Practitioners in Australia: Assessing the Effectiveness of Insolvency Law Reform Act 2016 (Cth) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Catherine Robinson
    2017 Principal Supervisor Pursuing Equity in The Australian Superannuation System Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr John Harrison
    2012 Co-Supervisor Promoting an Optimal Corporate Rescue Culture in Australia: The Role and Efficacy of Voluntary Administration Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Jason Robert Harris
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Corporate Manslaughter and the Attempt to Reduce Work-Related Deaths: A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom, Australia and Malaysia's Legislative Framework Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Aida Abdul Razak
    2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor A Framework for Corporate Insolvency Taxation: The Crossroads of the Theoretical Perspectives in Taxation Law and Insolvency Law Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Sylvia Villios
    2013 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Predicting Firm Sustainability Through Governance: The Relational Corporate Governance Approach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Francesco de Zwart
    2012 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Finding the Fiduciary: Recognition of the Director-Shareholder Relationship in Closely Held Companies Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Beth Nosworthy
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  • Committee Memberships

    Date Role Committee Institution Country
    2002 - ongoing Member Law Council of Australia Insolvency and Reconstruction Subcommittee Law Council of Australia Australia
  • Editorial Boards

    Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country
    2017 - ongoing Editor Australian Journal of Corporate Law LexisNexis Australia
    2001 - ongoing Board Member Insolvency Law Bulletin Lexisnexis Australia
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83134452
  • Email: christopher.f.symes@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4344
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Ligertwood Building, floor 2
  • Room: 2 23
  • Org Unit: Adelaide Law School

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