John has over 20 years’ experience handling complex building and construction, insurance and professional negligence litigation both in Australia and the United Kingdom.
He is listed as one of only five ranked junior barristers in Australia for Construction and Infrastructure by Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2016. He has also been listed by the Australian Financial Review's Best Lawyers 2017 for Construction & Infrastructure and also recognised as a 'leading' junior barrister for Construction by Doyle's Guide 2015 and 2016.
Whilst practicing predominantly in the building and construction field, John also appears in a broad range of commercial disputes, including contract law, insurance, professional negligence, insolvency, and trade practices. He is listed as a 'recommended' junior for Commercial Litigation & Disputes in Doyle’s Guide 2015.
He appears in all courts, arbitrations and commissions of inquiry and represents clients in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
Prior to admission to the Bar in 2010, John was a litigation partner at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters) where he was in charge of the firm’s national Projects Litigation stream. John also lectures at the University of Melbourne in the Construction Law Masters of Law Program and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Melbourne Law Masters Construction Law Program.
Areas of Practice — Appellate; Arbitration; Banking, Building & Construction; Commercial Equity, Contract; Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy; Corporations; Inquiries & Coronial Inquests; Insurance; Intellectual Property; Judicial Review & Administrative; Land Law & Property; Planning & Environment; Professional Negligence; Resources & Energy; Sport; Trade Practices & Competition.
2014 - Bar Association of Queensland, Committee Member, Business & Consumer Law Committee
2007 to date - Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters Construction Law Program, University of Melbourne
2007 to date - Member of the Advisory Board, Melbourne Law Masters Construction Law Program, University of Melbourne
1991 - Solicitor - High Court of Judicature
2010 - Barrister, Queensland
1998 - Partner, Allen Allen & Hemsley (now Allens Linklaters)
1990 - Solicitor of High Court of Judicature (England & Wales)
1989 - Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland
2007 - LLM University of Melbourne
1987 - LLB (Hons) University of Queensland