John is the partner who heads-up the trusts and estates team at Diamond Conway Lawyers. John has extensive industry experience gained over many years. Over that time John has practised extensively in the area of trusts and general business law. He is familiar with the difficulties encountered by staff of commercial enterprises.
In April 2006, when Conway Maccallum (of which John was then Managing Partner) merged with Diamond Peisah to form Diamond Conway Lawyers, John became a partner of Diamond Conway and significantly expanded the area of his practice in the general area of trusts and estates. His vast business law experience has been of great benefit to him and his clients in dealing with issues arising in trusts and estates and enabled him to bring a commercial perspective to bear upon the resolution of those disputes.
In 1994, he was accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Business Law. In 1995, John was also accredited by the Law Society of New South Wales as a specialist in Wills and Estates Law.
John is a member of the Law Society Specialist Accreditation Advisory Committee (Wills and Estates) which sets assignments and examinations for solicitors seeking specialist accreditation in wills and estates and then marks them. He was also, previously, an assessor to whom appeals from decisions of the Advisory Committee had been referred for determination by the Committee.
John has frequently delivered papers and chaired seminars for professional education bodies, such as the Law Society, the College of Law and the University of New South Wales in the area of trusts and estates.
He has a reputation within the profession and elsewhere as a leading expert in the area of trusts and estates. He is listed in Doyle’s Guide 2019 as a recommended wills and estates litigation lawyer.
He is a Notary Public.
John has been the company secretary for the Royal Volunteer Coastal Patrol, a body corporate, which at that time, had in excess of 1500 members and which provided maritime search and rescue services and related services to the general public under the State Emergency and Rescue Management Act 1989 NSW. For 20 years he was an active member of the Costal Patrol and then Marine Rescue NSW., into which the Coastal Patrol had been merged.