John is a partner and head of Gilbert + Tobin's Banking + Infrastructure group and is a member of Gilbert + Tobin’s Board of partners.

His major areas of practice are structured and project financing and leveraged financing. He also has experience in various other areas including the financing of construction and resources projects, property, acquisition and general corporate financing.

John has worked with arrangers, lenders, equity investors, end-users and credit enhancers on various tax-based structured products, including R&D syndications, lease-tail transactions, foreign tax credit structures and the use of limited partnerships.

John's experience also extends to corporate debt and leveraged finance transactions, including the financing of specific asset acquisitions as well as funding general working capital requirements. In this area, he has acted for both lenders and borrowers and in secured, unsecured, syndicated and club loan arrangements.

John is recognised as a leading banking and project finance lawyer in numerous publications including leading directories such as Chambers, the Legal 500, Best Lawyers and IFLR1000.  John led the TransGrid team, which was awarded 2015 M&A deal of the year by Project Finance International.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws degree with first class honours and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Sydney. He is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales and the High Court of Australia and has also been admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England & Wales and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England & Wales.

John was named as “Lawyer of the Year” for Distressed Investing & Debt Trading.


John was recognised in the areas of Asset Finance Law, Aviation Law, Banking & Finance Law, Construction/Infrastructure Law, Distressed Investing & Debt Trading, Energy Law, Equipment Finance Law, Insolvency & Reorganization Law, Leveraged Buyouts, Private Equity Law, Project Finance and Development, Structured Finance Law, Trade Law & Venture Capital Law.

Best Lawyers (Australia) 2021

John was ranked in Band 1 for Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance and Corporate Finance. He is also recognised in the Project Finance category.

Chambers Asia-Pacific 2021

John was named Lawyer of the Year for Banking & Finance.

Best Lawyers 2020

John was named Lawyer of the Year for Asset Finance Law.

Best Lawyers 2019

John was recognised in the “Hall of Fame” for Banking & finance. He was also named as a Leading Individual in the Project Finance category.

Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2021

John was ranked Band 1 for Banking & Finance: Acquisition Finance.

Chambers Global 2019

John was afforded Leading Lawyer status in the areas of Banking & Finance, Energy & Natural Resources, Private Equity, Projects & Infrastructure and Restructuring & Insolvency.

Asialaw 2018

John was recognised as a Leading Lawyer.

IFLR1000 Financial and Corporate guide 2018