Christine McPhillips

Christine was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales in 1979 and has worked in both country and city firms, in the Superannuation department of a Sydney multi-national insurance firm and approximately 18 years at a busy suburban practice, before joining TressCox in September 2008.

Throughout her extensive practice since 1991 she has focused on all aspects of estate matters involving contested and other estate litigation, challenges to testamentary capacity, judicial advice applications, will construction and administration suits, family provision claims, applications for Probate and Administration, interim and special grants; and in the administration of estates. She has represented clients in the Guardianship Tribunal of New South Wales.

Christine has published articles and presented regularly at seminars to the profession on topics including challenges to bequests to charitable trusts, applications for cy pres schemes; aspects of the administration of estates by executors and trustees; changes to the Succession Act, 2006 including family provision and intestacy; cases involving Probate, intestacy and estate litigation generally.

Christine has been recognised by Doyle’s Legal Guide in the Recommended tier of ‘Leading Estates Litigation Lawyers – News South Wales, 2017’. She was also recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary in June 2017 for making a substantial contribution to Rotary.



Christine’s experience includes advising:

  • Executors and beneficiaries on obtaining a record award of provision for a plaintiff widow;
  • Beneficiaries in relation to upholding the entitlements of beneficiaries (including charities) in contested estate claims including in cases where the  identity of the intended charity beneficiary named in the will was disputed by a similarly named charity;
  • Wills and Estates in relation to obtaining a grant of Administration on intestacy in circumstances where another party claimed to hold a valid will but had failed to apply for Probate for over 10 years and requiring substituted service orders; and
  • Beneficiaries in relation to the residuary beneficiary named in a will claimed by the plaintiffs to have been revoked by the deceased by tearing, and in the alternative by subsequent informal testamentary document, in complex proceedings in a large estate, involving forensic examination of documents and signatures, and  separate concurrent claims for provision by numerous family members.

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