John in 60 seconds

John is a leading lawyer in both financial sector dispute resolution (complex and regulatory) and corporate insolvency and restructuring, with a particular specialty in cross-border insolvencies. He is recognised by his clients, peers and legal directories as a leader in his field.

Domestically, John advises on large and complex insolvencies and assists in finding solutions for financial institutions with regulatory and other complex issues. His clients include several of Australia's major banks, as well as insolvency practitioners appointed to insolvent entities.

Internationally, John has advised in connection with insolvencies in England, Fiji, Bermuda, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Brunei, and Norfolk Island. His cross-border experience includes acting for the liquidators of an insolvent bank, and various liquidators of insurance and reinsurance companies.

John is a recognised authority on insolvency issues, with articles published in media outlets such as The Australian Financial Review and the Insolvency Law Journal. He has presented at numerous domestic conferences as well as internationally in the US, England, South Africa, Singapore, Canada, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.


  • BEc(Hons) LLB(Hons)

    International experience

    Advice in connection with insolvencies in England, Fiji, Bermuda, Cambodia, Cayman Islands, Brunei and Norfolk Island. Cross-border litigation involving Australia, the UK and the US.

Independent Recognition

  • Recognised as an expert in Insolvency and Reorganisation Law (since 2008) and Litigation (since 2014) in Best Lawyers
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in Chambers Asia-Pacific, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Leading Individual in Restructuring and Insolvency in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Recommended Lawyer in Insurance in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific, 2013
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Restructuring & Insolvency in IFLR1000, 2017 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Listed as a Leading Lawyer in Insolvency in the Doyles Guide to The Australian Legal Profession

Industry associations

  • Member of International Insolvency Institute
  • Member of the Law Council of Australia's Insolvency and Reconstruction Committee
  • Member the Australian Restructuring Insolvency and Turnaround Association (ARITA)
  • Member of Turnaround Management Association
  • Member of INSOL International

John's Recent Experience

The James Hardie Asbestos Trust

Adviser to one of the appellants in the successful HIH appeal to the House of Lords.

New Cap Reinsurance

Acted for the liquidator and scheme administrator of New Cap Reinsurance (New Cap). New Cap was a significant liquidation of an international reinsurance company, involving complex cross-border insolvency issues, as well as significant Australian insolvency and insurance law issues. The matter included a successful appeal to the UK Supreme Court on cross-border issues, as well as an appeal to the High Court of Australia.

ABC Learning Centres

The corporate collapse of ABC is one of the largest and high profile collapses in Australian corporate history. As lawyers for ABCs’ banking syndicate of 7 banks (including the 4 major Australian domestic banks, and 3 international banks) and its receivers we have advised on a unique restructure of ABC’s core business prior to its sale along with a number of cross-border issues. We have also provided general advice to the banking syndicate and on examinations conducted by the administrator/liquidator.

John's Recent Insights

Reforms to address corporate misuse of the Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme

  • 24 Jul 2017

The Fair Entitlements Guarantee Scheme provides cover for certain employees who have lost their jobs due to the insolvency of their employer. It is intended to be a scheme of last resort to support...

Insolvency Law Reforms – Update

  • 08 Jun 2017

On 1 June 2017 the Federal Government introduced the Treasury Law Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No.2) Bill 2017 into parliament. If enacted, the legislation will bring a major shake-up...

Insolvency Law Reforms – how they affect you

  • 10 May 2017

Australian insolvency laws have been criticised for precipitating value destruction and terminal decline in the life of a company.   To address this the Australian Government recently r...

Court approval required for post-administration security interest grants

  • 31 Mar 2017

In a decision of the Federal Court of Australia handed down today, the Court has clarified that lenders to companies in external administration taking registered security interests under the Person...