Admitted to the Bar in 1989.
John has practised almost exclusively in personal injury and commercial litigation, arbitrations and advisory work since 1989. He has been a member of Hargrave Chambers since 1995.
An experienced practitioner and forceful advocate, John practices in causes of action arising in New South Wales, the ACT and in Queensland and has developed a specialist expertise in cross-border personal injury claims. He regularly appears in the following jurisdictions:-
• New South Wales Supreme Court
• New South Wales District Court
• ACT Supreme Court.
• NSW Motor Vehicle Claims Assessment Resolution Service
• NSW Worker Compensation Commission
• Administrative Appeals Tribunal
His forensic strengths are in advocacy, assimilation of facts and immediate identification of the critical issues of a dispute. He acts extensively for plaintiffs, but also insurers, particularly in relation to negligence claims. John has particular expertise in drafting complicated pleadings and schedules. He is client friendly and known for his ability to assimilate complex instructions and respond rapidly with tactics and strategy including pre-emptive remedies when required.
John is an advocate of great experience who has significant experience of commercial, contractual and building disputes, personal injury claims, including complex road accident claims, workers compensation, and group litigation. He is experienced at acting for claimants over the whole range of matters including fatal accident litigation, brain damage, spinal injury, amputation and other high value claims including cases of injury of maximum severity, psychiatric damage, and injury to children. John has experience in health and safety, employer's liability, serious industrial accidents, explosions, fires, manual handling, repetitive strain injury and workplace accidents, occupational stress and bullying, occupier's liability claims and sporting injuries.
His practice is focused on:
• Personal Injury negligence claims, including workers compensation and motor vehicle claims.
• Sale of goods and services, commercial, construction and building disputes.
• Claims under the Succession Act for family provision
University of Technology, Sydney
Bachelor of Law – Second Class Honours
High Court of Australia
Supreme Court of New South Wales