John was admitted to legal practice in 2003 and commenced his legal career with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), Australia’s corporate regulator, where he worked on high profile investigations and prosecutions.
During the years which followed, John practised law at large law firms before joining Limestone Law in 2011. John has since overseen the firm’s growth, including that of its dedicated employment and workplace relations practice group. Law At Work provides sound legal advice to employees and employers on a wide range of sensitive employment matters.
John’s expertise as an insurance and workplace relations lawyer places him in an ideal position to devise a tailored strategy for the firm’s clients. John is experienced in the conduct of litigation in State and Federal Courts and Tribunals, providing confident and competent representation along with procedural and strategic advice in complex disputes.
In addition to his unfair dismissal work, John provides advice and appears before Courts and Tribunals in litigation matters including anti-discrimination and adverse action claims, regulatory investigations and prosecutions, claims for the recovery of unpaid wages and entitlements, applications for injunctions to restrain conduct, and insurance disputes.
“One of the most challenging aspects of my role involves examining the interaction between different areas of law which touch upon the employment relationship, and devising the appropriate strategy for clients.”
“A skilled employment lawyer will articulate a clear strategy at the outset and refine the strategy as the case unfolds. Several alternatives can often exist, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. The law often requires the client to make an election at the beginning. An incorrect decision can be catastrophic, so it’s important to get it right from the outset.”
“I am often approached by clients who have filed unfair dismissal claims without the benefit of receiving legal advice on the other claims which could have potentially resulted in a more favourable outcome. This generally occurs when the employee attempts to self-represent, relies on advice from family or friends, or otherwise obtains assistance from an unregulated service provider who cannot advise on the full suite of available legal options.”
“Likewise, small businesses often attempt to navigate the employment law and workers’ compensation minefield without the benefit of professional advice, making costly admissions and concessions along the way. It’s always helpful when clients come to us at the outset, because we can usually prevent such mistakes if we are involved from the beginning.”
“I find it immensely satisfying when I secure a good outcome for a client. For an unfairly dismissed worker, this might include reinstatement to his or her former position, along with a decent compensation outcome. For an employer, this might mean negotiating resolution of a dispute on commercially-favourable terms, or applying high-pressure litigation strategies to successfully defend or encourage the abandonment of proceedings, all at the least possible cost, so that clients will walk away satisfied and speak highly of the practice to others.”
Bachelor of Commerce
Bachelor of Laws
Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
Master of Applied Finance
Law Institute of Victoria
Supreme Court of Victoria
High Court of Australia