John specialises in estate litigation.

Regularly advising and appearing for plaintiffs and estates in relation to matters in the Equity Division of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, John has extensive experience also representing clients at mediations and informal settlement conferences. He has also acted as a court-appointed mediator with respect to family provision claims.

His practice has a strong emphasis on probate, family provision applications and will construction. He has also appeared in applications seeking a review of orders allowing commission to executors.

John regularly presents papers at legal conferences in relation to wills and succession law and was recently a keynote speaker for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), of which he is a member, in Hobart.

Appointments & Admissions
Court-Appointed Mediator
Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales): 1983
Areas of Practice
Equity & Trusts
Family Provisions / Guardianship
Mediation / ADR
Succession / Wills & Probate
Professional Memberships
Member, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners
Speaking Engagements
  • Professional Negligence and Will Making, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – 2014

John has also presented numerous papers on the following topics:

  • Applications for Family Provisions Orders
  • Judicial Advice in Estate Dispute Matters
  • Informal Wills – A Cross-Jurisdictional Companion
  • How to Get the Best Results in Inheritance Mediation
  • Professional Negligence and Will Making
  • Beneficiaries and Estate Administration
  • Contested Probate Matters in Practice
  • Testamentary Capacity
  • Competing Claims
  • Establishing Capacity when Capacity is in Issue
  • Notional Estate Disputes in current cases
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