Corcoran AM


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 - 2019 for expertise in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law. He was also recognised for Real Property Law in the 2016 - 2019 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 Lendlease 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 landowners and developers in connection with development agreements including negotiating with existing and incoming financers, settling the form of the complex legal agreements and associated documents


  • Member, Order of Australia, 2017
  • Awarded the Monash University 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award - Faculty of Law
  • Pro Bono Practice Leader, Russell Kennedy (since 2017)
  • Chairman, Legal Practitioner's Liability Committee (since 2015)
  • Board Member, Mercy Health (since 2011)
  • Member, Executive Advisory Board, Knowles Group (Arcare) (since 2016)
  • Board Member, RACS Foundation for Surgery (since 2018)
  • Board Member, Legal Services Board (2013 and 2005-2010)
  • Fellow, Australian Academy of Law (2013)
  • Named Best Lawyers’ 2013 “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Recognised in the Best Lawyers list for Real Property Law (since 2016), Retirement Villages & Senior Living Law (since 2012) and Commercial Law (since 2018)
  • Chairman, Russell Kennedy Lawyers (2007-2017)
  • Councillor, International Bar Association (2005-2015)
  • 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)

Health Aged care Preeminent 2018