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Asia Pacific Joint Mining Pty Ltd v Allways Resources Holdings Pty Ltd  QCA 48
March 2018, Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Corporations, Resources & Energy
McQueen v Mount Isa Mines Ltd; CMA Assets Pty Ltd v Mount Isa Mines Ltd  QCA 259
November 2017, Appellate, Building & Construction, Contract
Santos Ltd v Fluor Australia Pty Ltd  QSC 153
July 2017, Building & Construction, Resources & Energy
Allways Resources Holdings Pty Ltd v Samgris Resources Pty Ltd  QSC 112
May 2017, Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Corporations
Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd v Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd  QSC 85
May 2017, Building & Construction, Contract, Resources & Energy
Allways Resources Holdings Pty Ltd v Samgris Resources Pty Ltd  QSC 74
May 2017, Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Corporations
Mt Isa Mines Ltd v CMA Assets Pty Ltd  QSC 260
November 2016, Contract, Resources & Energy
Duncan v AAI Ltd, in the matter of Quinnco Pty Ltd  FCA 1035
August 2016, Insurance, Land Law & Property
ACCC v RL Adams Pty Ltd  FCA 1016
September 2015, Competition & Consumer
Mulligan v Virgin Australia Airlines Pty Ltd  FCAFC 130
September 2015, Appellate, Judicial Review & Administrative
Sunshine Coast Regional Council v Earthpro Pty Ltd  QSC 168
June 2015, Building & Construction, Judicial Review & Administrative
McEachern, in the matter of Gladstone Civil Pty Limited v Pleash (liquidator)  FCA 1364
November 2014, Corporations, Appellate
Liberty International Underwriters v The Salisbury Group Pty Ltd (in liq)  QSC 240
October 2014, Corporations, Appellate
Sunshine Coast Regional Council v Earthpro Pty Ltd  QSC 271
October 2014, Building & Construction
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission v Nonchalant Pty Ltd (in liq)  FCA 605
June 2013, Competition & Consumer, Appellate
Australian International Islamic College Board Inc IA 30976 v Kingdom of Saudi Arabia & Anor  QCA 129
May 2013, Appellate, Contract, International
Football Queensland Limited  ACompT 15
July 2012, Sport, Competition & Consumer
Hyatt of Australia Ltd v Coolum Resort Pty Ltd  QSC 49
March 2012, Contract, Corporations
Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry
March 2012, Inquiries & Coronial Inquests
Oakland Investments (Aus) Limited v ‘Certain Underwriters at Lloyds’  QSC 6
January 2012, Insurance
Building Industry Fairness (Security of Payment) Act 2017
March 2018, Building & Construction
Pure economic loss: the building context
August 2017, Building & Construction, Corporate Insolvency & Bankruptcy, Corporations
Where’s my money? Can I access or recover my security or not?
March 2016, Building & Construction
John has extensive experience handling complex building, construction and commercial litigation in Australia and overseas.
John is listed as a leading junior counsel in all major professional directories, including Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific, Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers and Doyle’s Guide (Queensland and National). More recently, he was ranked as preeminent junior Counsel in construction by Doyles Guide.
Whilst practising predominantly in the building and construction field, John also regularly appears in a broad range of commercial disputes, including property disputes, contract law, insurance, professional negligence and trade practices.
He appears in all courts, arbitrations and commissions of inquiry and represents clients in mediations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
John was called to the Bar in 2010 and prior to this he was a partner of a national, now international, law firm, where he was in charge of the firm’s Australian 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.
John has appeared in a wide range of disputes in all sectors of industry relating to, for example: mines, ports, roads, bridges, pipelines, tunnels, industrial complexes, shopping centres and residential developments.
Examples of litigation, arbitrations and disputes in which John is currently, or has recently been, involved include:
Fluor Australia Pty Ltd Ex Parte: Santos Ltd re GLNG Project: a one and a half billion dollar gas pipeline dispute in the Supreme Court of Queensland;
CMA Assets & Anor v Mt Isa Mines: a Supreme Court action concerning material damage and consequential loss at the Mt Isa Mines caused by a fire.
Acting for the supplier of allegedly combustible cladding in a Brisbane high rise tower - Supreme Court proceedings.
Acting for an architect sued for the allegedly defective design of a Hungry Jacks carpark in which a fatal accident occurred.
Acting for a well known construction company in respect of allegedly misleading and deceptive conduct concerning a new apartment complex in West End.
Acting for a developer sued for alleged misleading and deceptive conduct in respect of a contract for the sale of development land to the north of Brisbane.
Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal Pty Ltd ats Civil Mining & Construction Pty Ltd: (QLD Supreme Court) a major dispute concerning civil and infrastructure works carried out on Wiggins Island in the Port of Gladstone; the claim involves disputed variations and EOT claims, alleged loss of productivity and delay damages;
Owners Corporation for Silverstone v Villa World Ltd: a major dispute in the Federal Court of Australia (Sydney Registry) concerning the breakdown of the internal and external walls and metal reinforcement in a high rise residential tower in Tweed Heads;
Bradley Duncan & Ors v Villa World Ltd: a class action in the Federal Court of Australia (Sydney Registry) brought by the lot owners in Silverstone for their loss arising from the breakdown of the internal and external walls and metal reinforcement in a high rise residential tower in Tweed Heads;
Allways Resources Holdings Pty Ltd & Anor v Samgris Resources Pty Ltd and Anor: an oppression action concerning Queensland mining tenements;
Siemens Limited v Forge Construction Pty Ltd: a major dispute in the Supreme Court of Queensland concerning the engineering, procurement and construction of the Diamantina Power Gas Fired Power Station;
Industry Funds Management (Nominees 2) Pty Limited v McGee Isles Love Pty Limited: a substantial negligent valuation case;
Equititrust Limited (In Liquidation) (Receivers and Managers Appointed) v KCRAM Pty Ltd (In Liquidation): a negligent valuation case concerning allegedly defective valuations in excess of $80 million;
“Certain Underwriters At Lloyd’s” Subscribing to Policy Of Insurance No. 51747v07a V CB Richard Ellis (C) Pty Ltd: a negligent valuation claim;
Oakland Investments (Aus) Limited v Certain Underwriters at Lloyds’ subscribing to a policy of insurance: policy indemnity dispute;
Calliden Insurance Limited & Innovation Group (Claims Services) Pty Ltd ats Equititrust Limited (Receivers and Managers Appointed) (in liquidation): policy indemnity dispute in respect of a fire claim.
In addition to trial and appeal work, John regularly provides advice and draft documents for use in building and construction disputes, including payment schedules and adjudication applications and responses under the Building and Construction Industry Payments Act 1999. He also lectures widely on matters of building and construction law.
Areas of Practice
> Alternative Dispute Resolution (including mediation and expert referrals)
> Bankruptcy & Insolvency
> Building & Construction
> Civil Litigation
> Employment & Industrial
> Energy & Resources
> Infrastructure & Projects
> Inquiries & Coronial Inquests
> Lease Disputes
> Planning & Environment
> Professional Negligence
> Trade Practices & Competition
LLM, University of Melbourne
LLB (Hons), University of Queensland
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2019
Leading Construction & Infrastructure Junior Counsel - Australia, 2019
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2017 and 2018
Construction & Infrastructure Barristers (National) - Recommended Junior Counsel
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Construction & Infrastructure Barristers (Queensland) - Leading Junior Counsel
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2016
Commercial Litigation & Disputes Barristers (Queensland) - Leading Junior Counsel
Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession 2015
Commercial Litigation & Disputes Barristers (Queensland) - Recommended Junior Counsel
Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers
2019 - Recommended for Commercial Law and Construction & Infrastructure
2018 - Recommended for Commercial Law and Construction & Infrastructure
2017 - Recommended for Construction & Infrastructure
2016 - Recommended for Construction & Infrastructure
Chambers & Partners Asia Pacific 2016-2018
Ranked junior barrister (Band 1) for Construction & Infrastructure
2019 - “top junior for construction and infrastructure matters”.
2018 - “bright, personable lawyer with a strong construction skill set and good client relationship skills” and “he is very hard-working, is good on analysing issues, and thinks very tactically and strategically”.
2017 - “knowledgeable and pragmatic”.
2016 - “excellent reputation in construction work”, “extremely commercial and very strategic”.
Bar Association of Queensland
2017 - Bar Association of Queensland, Committee Member, Building &
2014 - Bar Association of Queensland, Committee
Member, Business &
Consumer Law Committee
2007 - current - Lecturer and Senior Fellow, Melbourne Law Masters Construction Law Programme, University of Melbourne
2007 - current - 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 and Wales)
1989 - Solicitor of Supreme Court of Queensland