John Graves

Accredited Specialist in Business Law and Property Law


44+ years’ PQE experience

John is a Commercial Lawyer providing a broad range of corporate, commercial and property legal services to a number of industries including the information technology and other technology industries, accountants and their clients, property and development industry, transport and tourism industries and a number of others.  He specialises in Business Law and Property Law. John has broad experience in:

– Sale and acquisition of companies and businesses

– Structuring of businesses and other entities

– Personal structuring and succession planning

– Funding of companies and businesses

– Insolvency

– Trade Practices, Competition and Consumer Law

– Revenue Law

– Due Diligence

– Compliance

Recent Matters

– Identifying suitable property, due diligence, negotiation, and acquisition of Sydney CBD building for private offshore investor.

– Range of development advice for a consortium of investors with a large project in the Southwest of Sydney.

– Sale of industrial business by company share sale involving due diligence and protracted negotiation with shareholders in dispute.

– Sale in one line of two iconic Sydney CBD properties.

– Insolvency advice and preparation of Deed of Company Arrangement to restructure a trading company.

– Range of intellectual property advice for a number of tourism industry entities.

– Succession planning, restructuring, and funding advice for corporate and family group of companies.

– Negotiation and successful resolution of complex inter-company guarantee dispute.

– Range of employment advice to tourism businesses and other small and medium enterprises.

– Negotiation, drafting and settling of complex software development and escrow agreement for development of specialised software for Sydney based national business.

Key Expertise

– Commercial and residential Property and Development involving acquisition, sale, development, leasing and construction, subdivisions throughout the Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle areas

– Corporate & Commercial

– Trusts, Succession & Business Structuring

– Wills & Estates

– Employment Law

– Intellectual Property

– Private Client Legal Services

– Business and Company Sales & Acquisitions

– Mortgages & Business Finance

– Information Technology

– Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution


– Law Society of NSW

– Chairman of the Examination Committee for Business Law Specialist Accreditation for the Law Society of New South Wales

– Member of the Statutory Corporation for the Uniting Church in New South Wales, The Uniting Church in Australia Property Trust (NSW)

– Skål International Sydney North (Tourism industry group)

– Chairman and Director of UCA Assembly Limited, which holds assets for the Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly

– Member of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited

– Member of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association

Civic / Charitable Causes

– Long term affiliation and working with Uniting Church Synod (NSW and ACT) on a number of boards

– Member of a number of committees of Law Society of New South Wales over many years

– Member of Property Council of Australia and contributor to Legal Panel over many years (recently ceased for time commitment pressures)

– Sponsor of Australian Tourism Export Council Limited and regular contributor of published articles and speaking engagements

– Honorary Legal Counsel for Australian Tourism Export Council Limited

– Sponsor of the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association

– Regular presenter at legal education forums for College of Law, Law Society of New South Wales, Legalwise and other private legal education institutions

John Graves

John Graves

Accredited Specialist / Practice Group Head (Property)

  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance and Systems)
  • University of New South Wales, Sydney – Bachelor of Laws
  • College of Law – Practical Legal Training
  • Post graduate studies in Intellectual Property & Information Technology at University of New South Wales
  • Accredited Specialist, Business Law (Law Society of New South Wales) (first group receiving this award)
  • Accredited Specialist, Property Law (Law Society of NSW) (first group receiving this award)
  • Sydney
  • Corporate, Commercial & Business Law
  • Property
  • Franchising & Licensing
  • Intellectual Property & Information Technology
  • Land & Environment
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