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 2020, 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.


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

Sir Ninian Stephen Lecture: 2018

2014: Professional Negligence and Will Making, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

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

The Pursuit of Justice

Select Cases

Re Estate Gowing; Application for Executor’s Commission [2014] NSWSC 247 – application for executor’s commission

Kastrounis v Foundouradakis [2012] NSWSC 264 – family provision-related property transactions

Hawkins v Barkley-Brown [2010] NSWSC 48 – application for executor’s commission

Scott v Scott [2009] NSWSC 567 – family provisions case

Sleboda v Sleboda [2008] NSWCA 122 – unconscionable conduct


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