John Armfield

Barrister and Mediator


John specialises in estate litigation. He has been listed in Doyle’s Guide as a pre-eminent junior counsel in Wills and Estates Litigation in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015.

He regularly acts as a mediator with respect to family provision claims.

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.

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 and Admissions

Court-Appointed Mediator
Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales): 1983
Accredited by the NSW Bar Association as a mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System

Areas of Practice

Equity & Trusts
Family Provision
Mediation / ADR
Succession / Wills & Probate

Professional Memberships

Member, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Speaking Engagements

  • 2018 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture
  • Professional Negligence and Will Making, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – 2014

John has also presented numerous papers on the following topics:

  • Statutory Wills
  • Undue Influence and Coercion in Wills
  • Applications for Family Provision 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

Select Cases


?+61 2 9232 8803 ?+61 2 9232 8018
armfield@me.com

John Armfield

Barrister and Mediator


John specialises in estate litigation. He has been listed in Doyle’s Guide as a pre-eminent junior counsel in Wills and Estates Litigation in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015.

He regularly acts as a mediator with respect to family provision claims.

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.

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 and Admissions

Court-Appointed Mediator
Admitted to the Bar (New South Wales): 1983
Accredited by the NSW Bar Association as a mediator under the National Mediator Accreditation System

Areas of Practice

Equity & Trusts
Family Provision
Mediation / ADR
Succession / Wills & Probate

Professional Memberships

Member, New South Wales Bar Association
Member, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Speaking Engagements

  • 2018 Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture
  • Professional Negligence and Will Making, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners – 2014

John has also presented numerous papers on the following topics:

  • Statutory Wills
  • Undue Influence and Coercion in Wills
  • Applications for Family Provision 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

Select Cases


?+61 2 9232 8803 ?+61 2 9232 8018
armfield@me.com