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John acts for banks and insolvency practitioners on all security enforcement and recovery matters.

John is a senior associate in our Brisbane office and specialises in the resolution of banking and insolvency disputes. John has experience in personal and corporate insolvency, commercial litigation in both Federal and State Courts, professional negligence claims, public examinations, and farm debt mediation in Queensland and New South Wales. John has experience across many sectors including commercial, rural and residential property, hotels, retail, and mining services.

John has recently completed secondments to the Dispute Resolution Group and RBB Legal Team, Compliance, Legal & Secretariat, Westpac Banking Corporation, in Sydney and to Resolution Advisory Services, BOQ Group Legal & Secretariat, Bank of Queensland Limited, in Brisbane.

As part of HDY's Pro Bono program, John volunteers at LawRight's Self Representation Service providing free legal advice and assistance to self-represented parties through the course of their civil proceedings in the Federal Court and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia. 


  • BCom/LLB (majoring in accounting) (UQ)
    Insolvency Education Program, Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association

Industry associations

  • Professional member of the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association
  • Banking and Financial Services Law Association
  • Women in Insolvency & Restructuring Queensland

John's Recent Experience

PPB Advisory

Advising on the liquidation of Wickham Securities Limited - a high profile liquidation of a listed mortgage debenture company which has involved advising the liquidators on recoveries, potential claims and other complex issues.


Assisting with the conduct of a complex thirty-six day concurrent trial of three proceedings in the Supreme Court of New South Wales involving ecclesiastical law, the law of guarantee, and professional negligence against persons and entities associated with the Anglican Church of Australia Diocese of Bathurst. 

Big 4 Australian Bank

Assisting with the conduct of proceedings in the trial and appeal divisions of the Supreme Court of Queensland for recovery of possession of rural land and to determine the ownership of dairy cattle (defended by vexatious litigants).

Big 4 Australian Bank

Assisting the Bank to recover its outstanding debt at minimum cost. This included advising the Bank in respect of an application by a caveator for orders for a judicial sale of the Bank's real property security and the commencement of proceedings by a prospective purchaser against the mortgagor for orders that the purchase price under a contract for sale of the Bank's real property security be reduced on completion due to the destruction of the residence by fire and for specific performance of the contract.

Big 4 Australian Bank

Assisting with the successful mediation of a valuer negligence claim in respect of a motel in NSW.

John's Recent Insights

Implied contract after the expiry of an express fixed term contract

  • 04 Aug 2017

IntroductionOn 31 May 2017, the appeal division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (McColl, Macfarlan and Simpson JJA) handed down a unanimous decision in CSR Limited v Adecco (Australia) Pty ...

Proposed industry funding model for registered liquidators warrants serious consideration

  • 30 Jan 2017

Fundamental aspects of the Federal Government's proposed industry funding model for ASIC's regulatory activities with respect to registered liquidators warrant serious consideration.In Nove...

Using statutory unconscionability to challenge no set-off clauses

  • 12 Dec 2016

Using statutory unconscionability to challenge no set-off clauses: Westpac Banking Corporation v Zilzie Pty Ltd & Ors[1]IntroductionOn 21 October 2016 Jackson J of the Supreme Court of Queensla...