Born Melbourne Victoria and completed B.Comm/LLB at University of Melbourne 1980.
Articles at Barnet Rockman & Co, Solicitors in Frankston - 1980.
First call to the Bar in 1982. John read with Brian Collis Q.C. and completed the Bar Reader's Course in 1982. John was admitted to Tasmanian Bar 1986, and NSW Bar 1989 and practised at the Queensland Bar 2008 - 2012.
He established the Gippsland Bar in 1984 with chambers in Sale approved by the Bar Council and appeared throughout Gippsland in the Magistrates', County, Supreme and Family Courts 1984 - 1989.
John then practised as a consultant to several solicitors in Gippsland from 1989 until 1993, then was a sole practitioner solicitor on the Mornington Peninsula 1993 until 2006.
He was first accredited as an ADR Specialist by the LIV 1996, and as a Nationally Accredited Mediator 1996 & 2013 (AIFLAM) and now with the Vicbar.
John completed Specialist Accreditation - Family Law (L.I.V. 2013) and has maintained his specialist qualification. John also completed Accreditation as a Falmily Law Arbitrator on the AIFLAM List of Arbitrators maintained by pursuant to Regulation 67B, F.L. Regulations (1984).
John has practical experience in Building and Construction having project managed construction of general domestic housing, and multi-level commercial/residential unit developments in West Melbourne and Caulfield and completed Certificate III in OH&S 2011, and understands the building process and those involved, and the types of disputes that may arise from both a legal and a "hands on" perspective.
After returning to the Victorian Bar briefly in January 2012, John then accepted a consultancy with Slater + Gordon in their Albury office, and was responsible for Family Law and Estate Litigation for their Albury, Wagga Wagga and Wangaratta Offices from October 2012 until July 2014.
Since returning to the Vicbar, John has focussed on all aspects of Family Law appearing regularly in the Federal Circuit Court and Family Court, in Trials, Pre-trial, Directions and Interlocutory Applications, and has conducted numerous Mediations in Property and Children's matters, as appointed Mediator and as a party's representative.
John is now available to assist in:
John is quite familiar with "circuit" sittings having appeared regularly in Albury, Wodonga and Wangarata, and is more than willing to travel.
Victorian Bar Committee memberships
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Name: John Charles Hall
24 August 1955, Melbourne, Victoria.
Contact: C/- Dever Clerks, 205 William Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Telephone: 613 9225 7999
September 2012 – July 2014 - Senior Lawyer - Slater & Gordon Lawyers, Albury
January – September 2012 – Barrister at Law, Victorian Bar
January 2008 – January 2012 - Barrister-at-Law, Queensland Bar.
February 2007 – December 2007 – Solicitor (QLD)
Solicitor with O’Keefe Mahoney Bennett, Solicitors in Southport, QLD. My work was across a broad range of matters, in the Commercial and Local Government fields, including District and Supreme Court litigation in Property (Sale and Purchase of land and BCIPA (off the plan) and P.I. matters.
July 2006 to Jan 2007 – Sabbatical Leave
Sabbatical leave having sold and settled the sale of my legal firm and sailed from Melbourne completing some 12,000 nautical miles along the East Coast of Australia with my wife and children.
1993 – 2006 - Solicitor Principal
I ran a sole practice at Rye on the Mornington Peninsula and built it to three solicitors and 11 support staff, with two offices. The practice was generally based and included litigation in all jurisdictions. I was, apart from being solicitor principal, involved in litigation and appearance work in all jurisdictions including Family Law.
I was also retained as Solicitor & General Counsel (1998 until 2006) for a “timeshare” company with over 3,500 members, 71 holiday units and a budget of in excess of $6m p.a. I oversaw the legal aspects of a major building and refurbishment program of $3.5m expenditure (2000 – 2002). I attended and chaired many Board Meetings during the period 1999 – 2003. I advised regarding redrafting the Club’s constitution. I traveled to South Africa (2001) to perform due diligence on a timeshare entity wishing to commence business in Australia.
1989 – 1993 - Consultant Solicitor
I practiced as a Solicitor 1989 in Gippsland, working for several firms as a litigation consultant. I completed a lot of the work I had commenced as Counsel in Personal Injury claims over this period.
1982 – 1989 - Barrister-at-Law - Victorian Bar
I first came to the Victorian Bar September 1982 and completed the inaugural reading course and read with Mr. Brian Collis QC. In 1984 I established chambers in Sale, Gippsland with Bar Council approval. My work was varied, but I completed numerous Jury trials in Criminal and Civil matters, also Disputed Estate matters, and Family Law matters in both the Family Court and Magistrates Court.
1981-1982. Articled Clerk & Employee Solicitor
I completed Articles with Barnet Rockman & Co in Frankston, Victoria and continued as an employee solicitor March 1981 - September 1982.
1975 until 1979 – Law Clerk during University Vacations
Prior to graduation, from, I worked as a legal clerk during University vacations with Barnet Rockman & Co in Frankston.
John Hall – June 2017