Freeland, Christopher

Christopher Freeland

Baker & McKenzie


Chris Freeland is a member of its Asia Pacific Regional Council.

Chris has had many years' experience as a lawyer, strategy consultant and professional services manager in leading global and domestic law and consulting firms. He has lived and worked in New York, Beijing, Melbourne and Sydney.

Chris initially practised as a lawyer with Freehills where he worked primarily in the area of corporate law. Following the completion of an MBA, Chris worked as a strategy consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in Australia and the United States. He was later appointed the General Manager of BCG in Australia and New Zealand.

Chris was previously a Partner and the Chief Operating Officer of Gilbert + Tobin where he was involved in all aspects of the firm’s leadership and management. He has also worked in Beijing as Senior Advisor to the leadership of King & Wood.

Chris has been involved on a voluntary basis in a range of community organisations throughout his career. He is currently the Chairman of the Sydney Film Festival, one of the world’s longest continuously running film festivals. Chris is also the Chair of the New South Wales Government’s Film and Television Advisory Committee and was formerly the Chair of the Government’s Arts and Cultural Policy Reference Group. 

Chris has received numerous awards, including the Rupert Murdoch Fellowship from Melbourne University and was on the Dean's Honours List at Columbia University in New York.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • NSW Government's Film and Television Advisory Committee - Chair

  • Sydney Film Festival - Chair

  • CEO International Forum - Member