John has a wide-ranging practice in insurance, trusts, superannuation and funds management.
John's insurance practice covers general insurance, life insurance, private health insurance, reinsurance, captives and the operation of compulsory insurance schemes within Australia including workers compensation, motor accidents and home warranty.
Over many years he has acted on a number of major matters for general insurers and government including: the development of the New South Wales and Queensland compulsory third party schemes; the operation of workers compensation schemes in Australia; the General Insurance Code of Practice; the introduction and implementation of the goods and services tax; tort law reform; the insurance response to terrorism; the Insurance Contracts Act; the prudential regulation of insurers; the regulation of lenders mortgage insurance, unauthorised foreign insurers and discretionary mutual funds; portfolio transfers, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, demutualisations and distribution arrangements.
He has a very deep understanding of insurance and regulation of the industry. In particular he has specialised in advising on regulatory matters overseen by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. This covers the regulation of banks, general insurers, life insurers and APRA regulated superannuation fund trustees and funds.
He advised on the demutualisation and merger of MBF with BUPA to form one of the largest private health insurers in Australia. He has acted for government including a major project for the NSW Workers Compensation Authority dealing with the appointment of Scheme Agents. He has advised on the regulatory aspects of bank and insurance company mergers in Australia and overseas. He advised Chartis Insurance Australia Limited in relation to the major portfolio transfer of the business of American Home Assurance to that company.
He has advised a number of large corporations on corporate governance and in particular on the operation of their directors and officers liability insurances.
John has advised on trust law, superannuation and funds management issues since the 1980s and has particular expertise in superannuation and its regulation. This work has involved complex regulatory advice; fund transfers; benefit disputes and particular issues faced by defined benefit funds. He is a past Chair of the Law Council Superannuation Committee.
He teaches a Master of Laws course on Corporate Governance at the University of New South Wales. He is a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Law at the University of New South Wales. He has also taught courses on insurance regulation at the University of New South Wales and the University of Melbourne.
John is recognised as a leading insurance lawyer by Chambers Asia-Pacific.
John has been trained formally in Legal Project Management, most recently attending a full-day LPM workshop delivered by US legal project management expert Susan Raridon Lambreth. John's LPM expertise drives efficient legal and business outcomes for his clients.
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