John has appeared as counsel in many important asbestos disease claims in the Supreme Court of Victoria and the Supreme Court of WA and in the Courts of Appeal and High Court. He has appeared in claims for former employees of the Commonwealth and Commonwealth entities in the State Supreme Courts, appellate courts and the Federal Court and High Court, seeking Commonwealth Superannuation entitlements which they were denied during their employment, including Cornwell v Commonwealth (2007) HCA 16, (2007) 229 CLR 519 and Innes v AAL (2017) GCGCA 202. He was junior counsel in the tobacco claim by Rolah McCabe v British American Tobacco (2002) VSC 73. He has appeared in and advised on important cases involving private international law, choice of law and conflict of laws including Puttick v Tenon (2008) HCA 54; (2008) 238 CLR 265, Vale v Daumeke (2015) VSC 342 and Rowe v Grunenthal (2011) VSC 657.
He has appeared in class actions including the tobacco and thalidomide actions and the thalidomide claim of Lynette Rowee v Diageo and Grunenthal. He continues to act in asbestos disease claims and is presently advising, and appearing for, survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse in Victoria and WA. Prior to coming to the bar, John worked st Slater & Gordon, including in the Wittenoom asbestos test cases, the CSR group settlement and the James Hardie claims; in Settlement of the WA medically acquired HIV claims; in institutional sex abuse claims; and from 1994 to 1996 in the successful environmental damages claims against BHP arising from the PNG OK Tedi Gold and Copper Mine.
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