John is the managing partner of Hicksons and leads the company’s strategic direction and operations towards creating sustainable value for the firm and its clients.
A dynamic and hands-on manager, John ensures that his knowledge and expertise over more than 30 years focuses the firm on guiding client relationship activities and provides certainty and protection through the delivery of quality legal services.
His commercial and entrepreneurial skills in the management of the next growth phase of the firm is ensuring the generation of efficiencies in practice management systems, the expansion into non-traditional legal services such as business advisory and training and the championing of a socially responsible ethos across the whole firm.
John led the repositioning of the business into the professional services hub of Sydney’s Barangaroo precinct, guiding a workspace strategy where Hicksons team members work flexibly through space optimisation, paper minimisation, smart technology and open innovation – all of which promotes stronger client serviceability.
Holding a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws, John began with the firm in 1983 and was appointed to managing partner in 2003.
He is admitted to practice in NSW, the ACT, Victoria, Queensland and the High Court of Australia.
John has worked in commercial matters involving capital raising and private equity funding. He has travelled to China and been part of a multidisciplinary team advising Chinese nationals and companies on establishing a corporate arm of their businesses in Australia.
His experience spans commercial, insurance and property matters alongside commercial disputes resolution, mediation and arbitration.
He has represented clients in a range of commercial litigation matters, including trade practices issues, contractual disputes and statutory interpretation.
A board member of several organisations, including the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Standard Communications Pty Ltd, John has a deep and practical knowledge of the workings in and around the boardroom.
John leads a team that is grounded in real-world experience and expertise, is always respectful of clients’ needs and is future-focused and energetic.