John Howard is a litigator with more than 20 years’ experience in dispute resolution.
John practises in all aspects of business and company law disputes and contractual negotiations within his industry areas of expertise. His clients represent a wide range of industries including international oil and gas, hi-tech companies, financial services, and industrial companies.
John has particular expertise in cross border disputes, contract law, corporations law, and competition and consumer law. He is also experienced in all forms of alternative dispute resolution including mediations, arbitrations, expert determinations, and structured negotiations.
John mainly practises in the Federal and Supreme Courts across Australia. He and his team also appear regularly in all courts and tribunals of New South Wales.
John is a fellow of the Commercial Law Association of Australia and a member of the Inter-Pacific Bar Association, Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, Australian Institute of Company Directors, and the Canadian Australian Chamber of Commerce of which he is also Honorary General Counsel.
John Howard’s recent experience includes:
- Acting in relation to a multi-million dollar damages claim by the US pension arm of ING against a major US investment bank for alleged misrepresentation arising out of the contents of an information memorandum used by the bank to sell a multimillion dollar bond issue in the now defunct Sons of Gwalia Limited.
- Representing the Australian and New Zealand entities of Nortel Networks Group in the group’s billion dollar global debt restructure and associated sale process arising from Nortel’s chapter 11 bankruptcy.
- Acting for a major oil and gas company and drafting new commercial agreements to resolve a series of disputes with its joint venture partner over payment claims and delays in meeting work programs.
- Acting for a major downstream petroleum service station network in the restructure of its long term multibillion dollar fuel supply and retail alliance arrangements.