Jon's practice focuses on public law and torts. He acts in judicial review proceedings in the Supreme Court, Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court and in proceedings before administrative tribunals, including VCAT, the Victims of Crime Assistance Tribunal and the Victorian Building Authority/Building Practitioners Board. Jon also has extensive experience in tort and personal injury litigation, having acted for parties in claims for damages in negligence, defamation, trespass and false imprisonment and in claims under statutory personal injury compensation schemes.
Before coming to the Bar, Jon was a solicitor for over a decade. Between 2008 and 2016, Jon worked at the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, where he was a Principal Solicitor and chair of the VGSO’s Constitutional Law and Intergovernmental Relations Practice Group. During his time at the VGSO, Jon provided advice to a range of government clients on complex matters involving constitutional law and statutory interpretation. Jon has particular expertise in state and federal constitutional law, and has experience advising clients on issues arising from the intersection between state and federal legislative power, the operation of express and implied constitutional guarantees and the exercise of state and federal judicial and executive power. While at the VGSO, Jon gained substantial practice experience in the High Court, acting on behalf of the Attorney-General for Victoria in such significant constitutional matters as Kirk v Industrial Relations Commission (NSW) (2010) 238 CLR 521, Unions NSW v New South Wales (2013) 252 CLR 530, McCloy v New South Wales (2015) 257 CLR 178 and Bell Group NV v Western Australia (2016) 331 ALR 408.
Before joining the VGSO, Jon spent five years working as a solicitor in private practice and with the Transport Accident Commission. During this period, Jon acted on behalf of statutory insurers, plaintiffs and large companies in claims for damages in respect of death and personal injury and in claims for payment of statutory benefits under the former Accident Compensation Act 1985 and under the Transport Accident Act 1986. As a result of this, Jon has experience providing advice on complex claims for damages and statutory benefits and acting in proceedings for judicial review of opinions given by medical panels.
Jon posts regular updates on significant decisions in torts and public law on his blog.