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John has handled all aspects of commercial property work for more than 20 years for major developers, banks and government. In addition to his commercial practice, he specialises in the area of retirement villages and aged care. He has a national practice with many of his clients being Australia’s major providers of aged care and retirement villages. John often represents major peak industry bodies in their dealings with industry members and government. John was named Best Lawyers’ 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” and recognised in 2012 - 2016 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law. He was also recognised for Real Property Law in the 2016 Best Lawyers list.


  • Advising on all aspects of commercial property including sales and acquisitions of land, subdivisions, unit development, ‘off the plan’ sales and infrastructure agreements, including acting for Lend Lease in relation to the 8,000 lot Caroline Springs development
  • Over 25 years experience advising owners of retirement villages, aged care providers and peak industry bodies in relation to structuring, redevelopments, sales and purchases, resident agreements and lobbying government
  • Advising corporate, private and not-for-profit operators on regulatory compliance and corporate governance
  • Providing general commercial advice including buying and selling businesses, advising ongoing businesses in all aspects of business law and commercial contracts
  • Advising on securities law including preparation of debentures, loan agreements and other security documents and advice to major trading banks in relation to enforcement of securities
  • Acting for a landowner in entering into a Development Agreement with Villawood (600 residential lots) including negotiating with existing and incoming financiers, settling the form of the complex development agreement and associated finance documents, and resolving issues with a telecommunication provider and its right of access to the land
  • Acting for a landowner in delivering a new Masters Store and other retail and bulky goods stores, including setting up all agreements between the landowner and its developer partner, the Agreement for lease and lease with Masters, subdivisional work, finance documents, and planning advice in respect of a proposed rezoning of the site
  • Acting for Allity Pty Ltd on its recent acquisition of aged care businesses


  • Chairman, Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee
  • Board Member, Mercy Health and Aged
  • Councillor, International Bar Association
  • Board Member, Legal Services Board (2013 and 2005-2010)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (2013)
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 “Lawyer of the Year” and recognised in 2012 - 2016 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law, and for Real Property Law in the 2016 list
  • Board Member, International Bar Association (2008-2012)
  • Honorary Life Member, Law Institute of Victoria (2011)
  • President, Law Council of Australia (2009)
  • Awarded Centenary Medal for services to Australian Society and to the Law (2002)
  • President, Law Institute of Victoria (2001-2002)