About John

John advises the State Government, statutory authorities and local government on all manner of governance, planning and enforcement issues – including appearing before VCAT, other tribunals, planning panels and courts.


  • Compliance & enforcement

    Regularly appearing before the Planning and the Occupational and Business Lists of VCAT, Planning Panels Victoria and Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation

  • Dispute, resolution & litigation

    Acting in a number of landmark Supreme Court matters, including, Victorian Superannuation Board v City of Melbourne (rateability of land), 101 Collins Street Pty Ltd v City of Melbourne (supplementary valuation), Shell Australia Ltd v City of Melbourne (valuation appeal) and ISPT v City of Melbourne (valuation of heritage building)

  • Planning

    Providing planning advice on a number of significant State developments and property transactions, including major broadacre subdivisions, industrial renewal projects and activity centre planning

  • Litigation

    Representing local government clients in significant electronic gaming machine applications considered by the VCGLR and VCAT.

  • Compliance & enforcement

    Personally appearing in over 1000 prosecutions on behalf of state government authorities and councils

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