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Executive Committee Member


John is a barrister at the Victorian Bar of over 30 years standing. An experienced advocate, his principal area of practice is general commercial litigation, including contract, sale of land, property, equity, professional negligence, corporations, insolvency, and succession. John is particularly interested in alternative dispute resolution including arbitration, adjudication and mediation, although his primary focus are trials and appeals. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and President and National Councillor of CIArb (Australia) and an ACICA fellow. John is a National Executive Committee member of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association (and previously on the Victorian State Committee of AALA).

John is keen to promote cultural, ethnic and gender diversity in the legal profession and in Australian society as a whole, to strengthen Australia’s engagement with Asia and the region, in business, in the law, culturally and societally and to build a deeper awareness of the region, its people, languages, and cultures.

He has published and presented many papers in Australia and internationally on topics in varied areas of law and practice, including contract, equity, practice and procedure, ADR and international arbitration. He is a co-author of Lexis publication, Civil Procedure Victoria, Lexis Nexis and Australian Uniform Evidence. He also contributes to other publications. John is also member of the IBA, the Law Institute of Victoria, and Asialink’s Chairman's Club.