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John has a broad commercial and common law practice with a particular interest in professional negligence matters.

John is a Nationally Acredited Mediator and accepts briefs to mediate commercial disputes.

Prior to coming to the Bar, John was a lawyer at Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens) where he worked primarily on professional negligence, product liability and Corporations Act matters. John was also Associate to the Honourable Justice Macaulay at the Supreme Court of Victoria and he assisted his Honour in establishing the Professional Liability List in the Supreme Court of Victoria.

John is an author for the Victorian Courts civil procedure commentary published by Thomson Reuters. John graduated from the University of Melbourne with bachelors degrees in Laws (Hons) and Arts.

Published cases that John has acted in include:

  • Knorr v Radial Timber Australia Pty Ltd - where John drew written submissions in relation to an appeal of a decision of the Federal Court of Australia refusing leave to bring a derivative action under s 237 of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Imagebuild Group Pty Ltd v Fokust Pty Ltd - where John appeared unled in the Victorian Court of Appeal, in relation to the operation of the statutory demand regime under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth).
  • Sino Iron Pty Ltd v Worldwide Wagering Pty Ltd - where John appeared in the Supreme Court of Victoria, led by Dr Andrew Hanak, in relation to the recovery of payments made by the plaintiffs by mistake/by reason of fraud.
  • Braham v Stephan - where John appeared unled in the Supreme Court of Victoria in relation to the purported termination of a 99 year lease.
  • Braham v Stephan (No 2) - where John settled written submissions in relation to damages and costs arising out of the above matter.
  • Quinlan v Catholic Regional College Sydenham - where John appeared unled in the Supreme Court of Victoria in an application dealing with the operation of provisions of the Accident Compensation Act 1985 restricting the availability of common law claims to plaintiffs.
  • Director of Housing v Corrigan - where John settled written submissions in relation to the validity of an application for compensation pursuant to the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 and appeared unled in the substantive hearing of the matter.


From 01 May 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards legislation.


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