Chris Nyst was born in Blackall, western Queensland, in 1953. Raised in Brisbane, he obtained a Law degree from the University of Queensland before commencing practice as a solicitor in Brisbane, and later on the Gold Coast. As a lawyer he has been involved in some of Australia's most sensational cases. He is recognised as one of Queensland's finest criminal law advocates, and has been a regular speaker and guest lecturer on criminal law and advocacy. As a writer he has made prolific contributions to a range of legal publications. Chris lives on the Gold Coast.