John is a barrister and member of the Victorian Bar of over 30 years standing and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and ACICA.
He has been a National Councillor of the Australian branch of CIArb since September 2014 and previously its Treasurer (May 2017 – April 2020) and Company Secretary (October 2014 to May 2018).
John’s principal area of practice is general commercial litigation including contract, sale of land, property, equity, corporations, professional negligence and succession. An experienced advocate, John's work ranges across all Victorian courts and tribunals with his primary focus on trials and appeals. John is particularly interested in alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, adjudication and mediation.
John has published numerous articles and delivered seminars and presentations both locally and internationally on topics in contract law, equity, property law and sale of land, estates, professional conduct, practice and procedure and international arbitration, including "Australia, Hub for International Arbitration".
John is a co-author of Williams Civil Procedure Victoria, Lexis Nexis (LN) (with David Bailey of counsel); and author of Australian Uniform Evidence, LN, an author of several other LN titles, as well as member of the editorial panel for Australian Alternative Dispute Resolution Bulletin (LNN). He is an author of Australian Uniform Evidence Law: Principles and Context; Geoffrey Bellew, John K Arthur, Gideon Boas, and Pascale Chifflet; with contributions by Ilija Vickovich; Lexis Nexis, 2019, and a chapter in International Arbitration Discourse and Practices in Asia (Ed. Vijay K. Bhatia, Maurizio Gotti, Azirah Hashim, Philip Koh, Sundra Rajoo), Routledge, 2017 “Setting aside or non-enforcement of arbitral awards in international arbitration on the public policy ground – a regional perspective.”
John is keen for Australian lawyers to embrace harmonization and internationalization of Australian law and to reach out to and engage with the region and beyond.
John is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association; the Rules Committee of ACICA; he is empanelled with the AIAC (prev KLRCA) on its arbitration, mediation and adjudication panels, and is a member of the International Bar Association, the Law Institute of Victoria, Asialink's Chairman's Club and Chancellor's Circle, and Legal Friends of the Recital Centre.