Full Name: Mr John Searle
Phone: +61 3 9225 7753
Mobile: 0412 251 344
Chambers: Owen Dixon Chambers West
Room: 0318
Date of Admission: 1 Apr 1982
Called to the Bar: 25 May 1989
Qualifications: LL.B., B.Ec.


Having been admitted to practice in April 1982, John Searle signed the bar roll in May 1989. He quickly established a flourishing practice, initially in the Magistrates Court but soon moving to appear regularly in the County Court, the Supreme Court, the Federal Court and VCAT.

His initial wide area of practice is now more concentrated in areas involving commercial litigation including building disputes, lease disputes, will disputes, insurance claims and proceedings involving negligence claims, professional and other.

John has significant appellate experience and is also regularly appearing in mediations, either representing a party or as mediator.

As well as his legal practice, John is has served in a number of communal roles, having completed a five-year term as Chairperson of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Equal Rights Commission and is actively involved in many communal organizations. These interests give him an excellent practical understanding of matters involving corporate governance such as accountability, transparency and directors’ duties.

Areas of Practice

Commercial Law

  • Contractual Disputes
  • Insurance Law & Professional Negligence Law

Common Law

  • Negligence

Equity & Trusts

  • Family Provision

Industrial Relations Law & Employment Law

  • Employment Contracts

Also Entitled to Practise in

  • Tasmania
From 1 Jul 2014, liability limited by a scheme approved under Professional Standards Legislation.

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