Chris Nyst

Criminal, Traffic & Corporate Regulatory Law, Family Law

The practice of law is about safeguarding the principles of justice that underpin our society.

Chris Nyst

A former senior partner with Minter Ellison Gold Coast, Chris is one of Australia’s best known and most experienced criminal lawyers. He is also an award-winning novelist and filmmaker, and former director of Screen Queensland.

Chris is a co-founder and former member of the Advisory Board for the internationally-renowned Griffith University Innocence Project. His commitment to the project means our lawyers volunteer their time to work with law students assisting the wrongly convicted in Australia.

Chris is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Griffith University and has delivered guest lectures and speeches on corporate regulation, criminal law and advocacy. He is a former member of the Criminal Law Committee of the Queensland Law Society, a former Chair of the Gold Coast City Council Safety Committee, and a former president of the Gold Coast District Law Association.

In 1999, Chris turned his hand to fiction writing his first novel “Cop This!” which was assessed as “superb” by the Melbourne Age and saw him acclaimed as “Australia’s John Grisham” by Bulletin/Newsweek Magazine. His second novel “Gone” was short-listed for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and his third novel “Crook as Rookwood” won the 2006 Ned Kelly Award, Australia’s leading accolade for crime fiction.  In 2023, his most recent novel “Millen” was a Readers Favourite Winner.

Chris launched his career in film with the acclaimed Australian movie “Gettin’ Square” which he wrote and co-produced.  The film won Chris the 2003 Lexus IF Award for Best Screenplay and won David Wenham the Best Actor award at the AFI Awards, the Critic’s Circle Awards, the Lexus IF Awards and the Australian Comedy Awards. In 2007 he wrote and directed the award-winning feature film “Crooked Business”.

Qualifications and Memberships

  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland
  • Solicitor of the High Court of Australia
  • Queensland Law Society member
  • Adjunct Professor at Law Griffith University

Co-founder of the Griffith University Innocence Project.

Acted on behalf of One Nation Leader Pauline Hanson, Hanson v Director of Public Prosecutions [2003] QSC 277; Hanson v Director of Public Prosecutions (Queensland) [2003] QCA 409.

Acted on behalf of NRL star and Australian representative rugby league player Greg Birdd , former Australian Open and US Open Junior Tennis Champion Bernard Tomic, former world surfing champion Sonny Garcia and NRL star Beau Falloon successfully bringing about the dismissal of drug related offences alleged by the Queensland Police.

The Lacey Brothers R v Lacey & Lacey [2010] QDC 344; R v Lacey and Lacey [2009] QDC 303; Lacey v Director of Public Prosecutions (Queensland) [2007] QSC 291.

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