Areas of Expertise

With over 30 years’ legal experience, John uses his strong understanding of commercial and business law to help clients reach better commercial outcomes. His work also covers property transactions and dispute resolution, as well as advising on protecting private assets.

 

What John’s clients say

“In all my business career I have never met a better commercial lawyer. How did we ever manage without him?” - Chairman of a conservation foundation

 

Qualifications/Memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (University of Sydney

  • Master of Laws (Hons) (University of Sydney)

  • Previously Accredited Specialist – Business Law

  • Previously Accredited Specialist – Commercial Litigation

  • Member of the Taxation Institute of Australia

  • Board member of two private foundations

 

Career highlights

  • Acting for a specialist trading group in a wide variety of commercial transactions including product acquisitions, intellectual property matters, leasing and commercial contracts.

  • Acting for a prominent entertainment industry group in commercial litigation matters.

  • Acting for bank customers in disputes over loans and other financial products.

  • Acting for investors in failed mortgage investments including Managed Investment Schemes.

  • Advising high net worth clients on complex wills, trusts, estate planning and family arrangements, including working with specialist tax advisers, working with family law specialists in restructuring of companies and trusts for family law settlements.

 

Specific areas of focus

  • Commercial advice including mergers and acquisitions, commercial contracts, across numerous business areas.

  • Commercial litigation and dispute resolution including contractual, shareholder/partnership, sale/acquisition and professional negligence involving solicitors, accountants, financial advisers, bankers, architects, insurance brokers and valuers.

  • Private client advice on wills and estate planning, family arrangements, asset protection, deceased estate administration, deceased estate litigation, reorganisation of family financial structures in family law settlements and residential property transactions.

  • Property law including commercial, leasing and private property syndicates.