John Heard practices in all areas of commercial litigation with a focus on insolvency / restructuring, banking and finance, and more recently - defamation.
John is also happy to accept briefs in quasi-public matters involving civil litigation or commercial/equitable issues and has acted in such matters for EastLink (toll road entity), State Trustees the Public Trustee for Victoria, and the Commissioner of Taxation/ATO. He is on the Barrister Panel for the Environment Protection Authority Victoria.
John is regularly briefed in appearance, trial, and advice work and to draw and settle pleadings and applications (see representative matters below).
John is also a member of the NSW Bar and is available to accept briefs Australia-wide (please check with Young’s List for any in-person availability required).
Prior to coming to the Bar, John was Senior Associate to a Judge in the trial division of the Supreme Court of Victoria (Commercial Court) and Senior Associate at Dentons 大成 the world’s largest law firm.
John is the updating author of The Laws of Australia commentary subtitle “Company Reorganisation” (Thomson Reuters / Westlaw). He completed a Master of Laws degree at Melbourne Law School (first class honours average).
John is a Member of the Commercial Bar Association and the Tax Bar Association.
John sat on the Australian Bar Association’s Indigenous Issues Committee, sits on the Victorian Bar's Indigenous Justice Committee and LGBTIQ Working Group, and he helped lead the team of private practice lawyers that set up and ran Australia's first free trans and gender diverse legal clinic (with the Inner City Legal Centre).
John read with Dr Paul Vout KC and his senior mentor is Christopher Caleo KC.
Significant matters while a solicitor
Kirby v Centro Properties Ltd (No 6)  FCA 650 (for the non-executive directors)
Safe Harbour advice (confidential Board clients, listed and unlisted entities)
Restructuring / Insolvency
Re Aohai Pty Ltd  VSC 414 (remuneration – for the liquidator)
Slater & Gordon (2017) restructure (for a major stakeholder)
Restructure of a piece of infrastructure (2017/2018) (confidential client)
Laura Ashley Australia (2018/2019) administration and liquidation (for the administrators/liquidators)
Timbercorp (2019/2020) liquidations (for the liquidators)
Alita Group receiverships and administrations (2019) (for the major offtaker)
Bardot (2019/2020) voluntary administration (for the major suppliers)
Beba Enterprises Pty Ltd v Gadens Lawyers  VSCA 136 (costs – for the firm)