Chris Baek

Chris Baek, Etheringtons Family Lawyers

Chris Baek
Solicitor
chris@etheringtons.com.au

Chris joined Etheringtons Solicitors in October 2020 as part of our family law and litigation team.

He acts on behalf of both individuals and corporations for a variety of legal matters, from employment law and corporate law to personal injury, workers compensation and intellectual property.

Chris prides himself on his negotiation skills, as well as his ability to come up with creative solutions for his clients. His practical approach to matters helps clients reach resolution on their terms without unnecessary, protracted litigation.

His litigation experience is wide ranging and includes:

  • Employment Law: Acting on behalf of an employee to respond to internal investigation conducted by a large corporate entity, with an outcome of quashing false allegations of misconduct and renegotiating his exit with a positive reference to secure a position elsewhere;
  • Personal Injury: Acting for a disabled pensioner to sue a multinational supermarket for injuries sustained while on the premises, with an outcome of obtaining a generous equitable lump sum payment to cover.
  • Intellectual Property: Acting on behalf of bona fide medical entities to register their trademark against a ‘copycat’ entity set up near his clients’ place of practice and enforcing his clients’ rights against the copycat entity.
  • Workers Compensation: Assisting clients who were injured while under the employ of government agencies, as well as injured from bullying and harassment, with an outcome of achieving compensation for weekly pay and lump sum entitlements.
  • Family law: Acting on behalf of Korean clients in property and parenting proceedings in the family court, featuring major issues of non-disclosure of financial information, resulting in $3.8M (approximately 65% of the asset pool) being awarded to his client as well as full parental responsibility for the children.

Prior to joining Etheringtons, Chris worked primarily in the area of family law and on complex property matters involving large asset pools with Trusts, shareholdings and international assets. He has acted on behalf of ESL (English as a second language) clients from the Asia-Pacific region as well as members from local Aboriginal communities. His family law experience has served him well in acting for clients in contentious court appeals to the Full Court of the Family Court of Australia and dealing with matters concerning the Constitution of Australia.

When he is not working, Chris loves going for long walks with his dog (aptly named in his opinion, ‘Romeo’) as well as teaching and practicing boxing, having held a title in South Korea prior to his admission as a solicitor in NSW 2018.

Chris is fluent in both Korean and Japanese.