With an extensive background in insurance law, for the past 21 years John has specialised in the defence of medical malpractice claims, particularly those claims involving catastrophic personal injury and birth defects. He has a specialist practice in the Coroner’s jurisdiction. He appears as Counsel in SA and has appeared in NSW and WA. He acts for health professionals and solicitors in disciplinary proceedings before various conduct Tribunals in SA and the NT.
John was the SA Law Society’s appointee to the SA Government’s Ethics Health Advisory Council between 2010-16 and is a Resolution Institute accredited Mediator. He has been honoured as a life member of the Australian Insurance Law Association, has served on that body’s national board and as SA president.
John’s broad practice and his long involvement with the foremost legal and insurance law education association in Australia, affords him a national appreciation of the business challenges faced by the insurance sector generally, and his insurance and health sector clients in particular. John’s clients can expect decisiveness and a clear articulation of the relevant issues, the available options and a strategy for resolution.
Articles and Presentations
A National Framework for Advance Care Directives (2012) 20(2) HLB 5
Coronial Inquiries: Lingwood and Lee – Lessons in Risk Management (2014) 22(4) HLB 58
Molloy v El Masri – Negligent Failure to Diagnose Pregnancy and the Duty to Follow Up on a Patient (2014) 22(6) HLB 103
Must There be a Surety of Life for an Unborn to Have a Right to Life? P.P. and Health Service Executive
(2015) 23(3) HLB 57
Re SB (A Patient; Capacity to Consent to Termination) (2013) 21(6) HLB 377
Successful Appeal Against Finding of Negligence for Failing to Diagnose Pregnancy and Follow Up Patient – Judicial Obligation to Give Adequate Reasons (2015) 23(7) HLB 128