John is a specialist insurance lawyer who has been involved in the insurance industry for more than 25 years, specialising in professional lines and Property/ISR claims and advice work.
He has worked for major insurance practices in Sydney and London. He has a detailed understanding of the Australian and London insurance markets and wide-ranging experience in a variety of contentious and non-contentious insurance matters, with a principal emphasis on professional indemnity, D&O claims, property & ISR, and regulatory matters.
John also has lived experience on the client “side of the fence” having been an Associate Director of a Lloyd’s coverholder dealing with PI claims and over 4 years’ experience as one of two in-house lawyers for the Australian business of a major international broker.
In 2014, John also spent six months seconded to the legal team of an Australian Big 4 bank.
John advises a wide range of professionals, from construction professionals such as architects, engineers and certifiers, to solicitors, barristers, insurance brokers and real estate agents. He provides practical and commercial advice in clear terms and takes pride in being able to provide simple explanations of complex concepts and situations. John is adept at supporting the insured and aggressively defending their position while also achieving commercial results for insurers.
In the recent past John has provided coverage advice on a large Australian bank’s claim under its policy relating to the “Fees for No Service” issue and related customer remediation. Separately to this, John was recently closely involved for financial lines insurers in relation to claims against Australia’s largest financial institutions that ultimately lead to the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.
John works with local and overseas-based insurers, underwriting agencies, large insurance brokers and run-off companies.
John holds degrees in Commerce and Law from the Australian National University (ANU), together with a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice also from ANU.
Before joining Sparke Helmore in 2018, John was an insurance lawyer at an international insurance practice in its Sydney offices. John has significant international experience having worked in London an Associate Director of a Lloyd’s coverholder dealing with PI claims and having over 4 years’ experience as one of two in house lawyers for the Australian business of a major international broker. In 2014, John also spent six months seconded to the legal team of an Australian Big 4 bank.
Outside of work John’s time is very well organised, usually by his three sport loving sons and/or his wife Kristina. This equips John with many useful skills such as taxi driving, first aid, conflict resolution and project management and ensures that he does not waste time on weekends with idle relaxation. It can also mean the Dillon family lawn does not get mowed as frequently as the neighbours’, but (without ever admitting it) John is very happy to spend time with his family while watching them play sport.