John Graves

Accredited Specialist in Business Law and Property Law


44+ years’ PQE experience

John is a Commercial Lawyer at Finns, 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 in Business Law and Property Law & Senior Consultant

  • 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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