Chrystie Siapkas Lawyer

Chrystie works across our Corporate & Commercial and Workplace Relations & OHS groups.

Chrystie was admitted to practice in 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from Monash University.

Chrystie has developed broad commercial experience, having worked in the corporate & commercial team at a Melbourne mid-tier firm prior to joining KHQ.  Her experience spans mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, compliance, commercial contracts and general commercial advisory.  She has worked across a range of industries including financial services, energy & resources, agriculture, entertainment and not-for-profit.

Chrystie has a strong commitment to access to justice and has volunteered at various community legal centres throughout her legal education and career.  She is passionate about community and is a current Operations Committee Member of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Latest News & Insights

Encapsulation is not “Made in Australia”

Posted By on 7/01/19 at 5:41 PM

The Federal Court recently ruled that encapsulation of imported supplements in Australia does not justify a “Made in Australia” label The Federal Court has ruled in favour of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), holding that the encapsulation in Australia of imported fish oil and vitamin D is not sufficient to permit the capsules … Read more

Gluten free(ish): 1 in 40 “gluten free” foods fail to meet Australian standards

Posted By on 28/11/18 at 3:44 PM

A study published earlier this month in the Medical Journal of Australia revealed a concerning truth. Melbourne researchers tested 256 commonly-bought manufactured “gluten free”-labelled products and reported that almost 3% of these products actually contained small amounts of gluten, meaning that these products did not comply with the Australian standards.  The Australian standards require that … Read more

Case weak, fines are heavy: NZ National Party ordered to pay Eminem damages

Posted By on 8/11/17 at 10:51 AM

The long-awaited decision on the New Zealand National Party’s (NZNP) use of an “Eminem Esque” track in its 2014 election campaign has finally been handed down. Justice Helen Cull of the New Zealand High Court found that the NZNP ripped-off Eminem’s hit Lose Yourself and ordered the NZNP to pay Eminem’s publisher NZ$600,000 in damages. … Read more

Federal Court rules on unfair contract terms

Posted By on 1/11/17 at 11:45 AM

A recent Federal Court decision regarding the unfair contract terms regime provides valuable guidance for businesses regarding the types of terms which may be declared void.   Background   In November 2016, the existing unfair contract term protections for individual consumers were extended to cover standard form contracts with small businesses.  The effect of this … Read more