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

Defeating legal privilege to obtain access to documents created to frustrate creditors' claims

  • 16 Oct 2017

People who are targets of liquidators' and other claimants' investigations often attempt to hide behind the veil of legal professional privilege to avoid producing documents.However, the ve...

Government moves forward on reforms to address corporate misuse of FEG Scheme

  • 06 Oct 2017

On 5 October 2017, the Australian Government announced that it would move forward with proposed reforms to address the concern that the Government's Fair Entitlement Guarantee Scheme is increas...

In Defence of Restructuring, Insolvency and Turnaround Professionals

  • 28 Sep 2017

Restructuring, insolvency and turnaround professionals play a fundamental role in the economy and deliver important outcomes for business. So why the bad press?Read our article published in the Sep...

UPDATE: Australian Restructuring and Insolvency Law Reform passes through the Federal Parliament

  • 21 Sep 2017

The 'safe harbour' reforms are now law.On 18 September 2017, the Treasury Laws Amendment (2017 Enterprise Incentives No. 2) Act 2017 received Royal Assent.The 'safe harbour' provisi...