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)
The regulation of aged care in Australia is set to undergo a major review, as the Royal Commission into Aged Care looks at how to evolve towards a safer, more consumer-driven system that delivers high quality outcomes.